Although serious medical mistakes are reportedly rare, with the sheer number of medical procedures that take place in the U.S. every year, even isolated incidents begin to add up. In fact, in a 2000 study published by the Institute of Medicine, researchers reported that up to 98,000 people die each year in U.S. hospitals due to mistakes on the part of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare professionals. Lawsuits filed against physicians and health institutions for medical malpractice can result from any number of medical mistakes, including those involving injury from prescription drugs, diagnostic error, and birth defects in children. Even women who schedule regular visits to their obstetrician or gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) may be exposing themselves or their unborn child to unnecessary injury or harm resulting from medical mistakes; research shows that Ob/Gyn errors account for a disproportionately large number of medical malpractice cases. If you were the victim of a medical mistake which caused you harm or led to your child being born with a birth defect or birth injury, contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss your compensation options.
Besides the obvious physical and emotional pain that birth defects often inflict on affected children and their families, these types of injuries can also lead to a substantial financial burden resulting from long-term birth injury treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth injury which you believe to be the result of medical malpractice, contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney to discuss your compensation options. You may have grounds to file a birth defect lawsuit against the hospital, doctor or Ob/Gyn allegedly responsible for causing the birth defect, in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The statute of limitations for birth injury cases varies from state to state; if you suspect that your child has been a victim of a medical malpractice birth defect, consult a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer today to protect your rights and hold the allegedly negligent doctor or hospital liable for your child’s injuries.