Questions about baby’s birth injury? If this is you and you do not want to immediately speak with an attorney right away, these steps can help you get a better picture of what may have happened during labor and delivery. The reason I am suggesting the actions in this article is due to conversations and calls we get from families who have been where you are now if your baby has just suffered an injury at birth, namely a brain injury. What can happen is even though we may hold one position today, as time moves on and more information is gathered, our opinions may not remain the same.
A REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE…
Before mentioning what you can do if you have even the slightest concern as to the cause given for you baby’s brain injury at birth, I will share a family’s experience which was explained to us. This family initially had some concerns as to the cause of their baby’s brain injury at birth but decided that the prudent action was to continue to follow the suggestions of the doctors at the hospital in which the baby was born.
As time went on and the baby got older and began seeing other doctors, the parents’ initial concerns as to the cause of the brain injury began to creep up again. To them, some of the suggestions as to the cause of the injury began to change as they talked to more doctors. Add to this, challenges began to mount regarding the costs of medial care.
Eventually, the family reached out for help regarding a possible birth injury but with the passing of so much time (the child had grown to almost the age of majority), memories had faded and medical records and charts were hard to track down.
QUESTIONS ABOUT A BABY’S BIRTH INJURY?
As I mentioned above, if you are in this situation now with a baby who has recently been born with a brain injury, and you have questions about the baby’s birth injury, the best thing that you can do if you do not want to get a birth injury attorney like myself, involved is to request all the medical records surrounding labor and delivery. This request is more than likely going to have to be given a writing and will have to note the specific records requested.
When requesting the records, be sure to have the hospital provide mothers records, baby’s records, and the readings from the electronic fetal heart monitor. If you ever change your mind in the future, these records will be important not only from a legal standpoint, but also for any medical second opinions you may need.
Also, remember to see if the records you have requested can be delivered in electronic form or through disk, as this can help with lower the cost and financial burden.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
1-833-4 BABY HELP