When should I hire an attorney if I believe my child has suffered a birth injury?

When should I hire an attorney if I believe my child has suffered a birth injury?

Birth injuries may be devastating for families.  Signs that your infant has sustained an injury at birth include physical symptoms such as a misshapen head or spine, and/or unusual facial features.  Other symptoms may include general irritability, difficulty sleeping or eating, or maybe even seizures.  However, in other situations where the trauma may be more mild or internalized, the symptoms may not be readily apparent.  Where a brain injury occurs, the extent of resulting harm may be unknown during their first several months or years.  Often, it is not until the child begins to grow and develop that the impact of a birth injury may become apparent.  This may include the failure to meet physical milestones such as rolling over, crawling, beginning to walk.  Other signs include delayed speech and other cognitive delays.

Parents whose children are born with birth injuries may have numerous questions, and not know where to turn.  Each case is different, so the best advice is to consult with a skilled Los Angeles birth injury attorney as soon as possible.  An experienced medical malpractice team can review the file and determine whether to begin an investigation into the factors surrounding the birth, including an evaluation as to whether negligence occurred.  Even though it may be too soon to know the extent of any injuries, taking a proactive approach to protect your rights is important. The statute of limitations for bringing a medical malpractice birth injury action varies. 

Thus, talking to a skilled birth injury lawyer as soon as you suspect an injury occurred is important to discuss your next steps and preserve your rights.

For more information or to schedule a confidential consultation, please contact the dedicated Los Angeles birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation. 

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