You would do anything to protect your child. The problem is that you may not know exactly what to do. This is perfectly normal. You aren’t expected to know everything about parenthood or about how to protect your child’s rights after a birth injury on the day your child is born. Instead, it takes some time to learn what to do—and what not to do—so that your child can make the full and fair recovery he deserves.
Five Things Not to Do After Your Child Suffers a Birth Injury
Knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do after a birth injury occurs. Generally, our experienced birth injury lawyers encourage parents not to:
- Fail to get your child all of the medical care he needs. Early intervention is important both for your child’s current health and for her future medical prognosis.
- Fail to investigate whether your child’s medical condition is a birth injury. Some medical conditions are birth defects that would have occurred despite what happened during birth and other conditions occur because of medical negligence. You can only file a successful birth injury case if you can prove that your child’s injuries were caused by medical negligence.
- Try to negotiate with the doctor or insurance company on your own. The insurance company and the doctor’s lawyers are skilled in negotiation. It is their job to get you to settle for as little as possible—even if the doctor or hospital was negligent. Once you agree to a settlement, it is binding and you can’t go back to ask for more money. Therefore, it is important to have a skilled birth injury lawyer negotiating on your behalf.
- Wait too long to contact an attorney. Important evidence may be lost and further mistakes may be made that harm your child’s potential birth injury claim. There is no harm, however, in contacting a birth injury lawyer as soon as you suspect that your child may have suffered a birth injury.
- Wait too long to file a case. The Kentucky Statute of Limitations limits the amount of time you have to file a case on your child’s behalf.
Any one of these things can harm your child’s chances of making a fair recovery.
Has Your Family Been Impacted by a Birth Injury?
If your family has been impacted by a birth injury you need to speak with an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.