In South Carolina hospitals and hospitals all across the country, countless newborns suffer birth injuries. However, most of these injuries do not require treatment, and the injuries heal naturally. Unfortunately, some newborns are not so lucky, and their birth injuries result in lifelong physical or mental disabilities. For parents of these unlucky children, lawsuits for medical malpractice may be required to ensure their children have care for the rest of their lives.
According to an article written by a respected neonatal doctor, the birth injury rate has decreased significantly over the past few decades. While this is good news for soon-to-be parents, there are still countless sets of parents who are living with children suffering from preventable injuries. Many of those parents find themselves wondering how they are going to provide for their children’s special needs.
For example, parents whose newborns suffered from a lack of oxygen during delivery may suffer from the effects of perinatal asphyxia. This lack of oxygen can result in damage to any number of the body’s organs or even complete systems. For newborns who suffered a lack of oxygen for extended periods of time, brain function can be affected permanently. Permanent brain damage often results in the need for a child’s long-term care.
If your child suffered a birth injury at the hands of a negligent medical professional, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice suit. When such a suit is successfully presented, the parents may be awarded damages designed to allow them to ensure their child receives care even after they can no longer care for him or her. You can learn more about filing medical malpractice suits in South Carolina for birth injuries by speaking to an experienced legal professional.