As an expecting parent, you never want to learn that something is wrong with your child. Unfortunately, birth injuries are common. Every year, thousands of children are injured before birth or during labor. Even more concerning is the fact that some of these injuries could have been avoided.

If you are unfamiliar with what is or causes birth injuries, here are some questions you should answer:

  • What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?
  • What kinds of situations lead to a birth injury lawsuit?
  • How can you determine if a medical professional was negligent to the point of harming your child?
  • What are the most common types of birth injuries? What are some that are less common but still occur?
  • Who will receive any compensation received from a birth injury lawsuit?
  • What type of treatment can your child receive in the future to help overcome the injury?

The way that you may answer these questions may not be the same as the next person. For instance, your child may be able to receive treatment for an injury while another is not in position to do so.

If you have yet to answer these birth injury questions, don’t hesitate to do so in the near future. The more you understand, the more knowledge you will have to make an educated decision about your child’s well-being.

As unfortunate as it may be, birth injuries will continue to be a problem. The best thing you can do as a parent is find the qualified licensed doctors in their field of practice, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and be proactive and vigilant about your child’s care.

Source: FindLaw, “Birth Injury FAQ,” accessed Jan. 07, 2016