Knowing that your child suffered a birth injury can be devastating. What can be even more devastating is the knowledge that you do not have the finances or the resources to give your child the care they need and deserve.
This is where a birth injury claim comes into play. Below, our Philadelphia birth injury attorneys provide some questions you should ask yourself in order to determine whether you may have a strong birth injury case.
Birth injuries may exhibit immediate warning signs. These may include:
- A baby born not breathing or limp
- Seizures within 24 hours of delivery
- A need for body cooling
- A need for intensive care after delivery
Other symptoms of a birth injury may not be immediately apparent. But, if your child is exhibiting the following symptoms, you should meet with a medical professional to confirm or dismiss your suspicions:
- Arched back while crying
- Difficulties with eating or swallowing
- Excessive fussiness
- Light sensitivity
- Arm bent toward the body
- Muscle stiffness or looseness
Try to think back to the labor and delivery process. Was your doctor inattentive? Did you suffer an unusual amount of pain during this delivery than a previous one? Did your doctor force you to undergo procedures you did not want?
The answers to these questions can provide insight as to whether your doctor was acting unprofessionally during the birthing process.
Every state has a time limit to file certain claims, also known as the statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, parents have two years to file a birth injury claim for the negligent infliction of emotional distress or something similar. The injured child has until their 20th birthday to file their own claim.
When thinking about these questions, it’s important to consult with an experienced legal professional who can help you reconstruct what happened. Additionally, your attorney may know whether your claim is viable even if the statute of limitations has expired.
Our team at The Beasley Firm, LLC can protect you and your child’s rights against the interests of large hospitals and insurance companies. We have several record-breaking verdicts that demonstrate our ability to do so.