Birth Trauma Cases: An FAQ (Part 2)

lawyerIn the last post, we answered some of the most common questions regarding birth trauma and birth injury cases. Equipping yourself with adequate knowledge is imperative to getting the compensation you deserve. Here’s part two of our birth trauma FAQ.

How does medical malpractice contribute to birth trauma cases?
Medical malpractice is the umbrella term used to describe lawsuits that result from negligence on behalf of a healthcare professional. says, “Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider — a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital or hospital worker — whose performance of duties departs from a standard of practice of those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient or patients. The profession itself sets the standard for malpractice by its own custom and practice.”

What is a ‘teratogen?’
A teratogen is considered any substance or chemical that has the ability to cause birth defects. There are quite a few medications that have been linked to birth injuries and defects, including Dalalutin, a drug designed to improve the health of a woman’s pregnancy, and Bendectin, a nausea-fighting drug for pregnant women. To make sure you’re avoiding teratogens during your pregnancy, read all medication labels thoroughly and talk to a birth injury lawyer if you still have concerns.

Who gets the financial compensation that results from a successful birth trauma lawsuit?
After a successful birth trauma lawsuit, a number of options can result. If the child is still living and continues to suffer harm from the incident, the damages will usually go to them — often in the form of a trust. In many cases, parents also receive compensation for the emotional stress they’ve endured since the incident.

Where can those who are interested find more information about birth trauma lawsuits?
The West Virginia Bar Association, one of the oldest in the country, has nearly 1,000 members. Plus, the Internet is a viable resource that’s loaded with information about birth trauma cases, how to choose the right lawyer, and more. It just takes a quick Google search to find what you’re looking for.

Ultimately, knowing the answers to these common questions will help you make the best decision for your case. For more information about birth injury cases, contact Greene Ketchum.

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