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Is a birth injury 100% avoidable? Nearly always.

Some say there is no greater joy in the world than becoming a parent. After nine months of excitement and emotion, all you could want as a soon-to-be parent is a healthy and safe delivery. However, what happens when someone else’s negligence leads to your precious baby having a birth injury? The last thing you’ll want to worry about is having to seek justice for your innocent newborn because of someone else’s carelessness. We are here to help. Here are some things you should keep in mind if you’re expecting. Truth in numbers While you may think a birth injury is unlikely to happen to you, let’s look at the alarming statistics. Approximately 28,000 babies are born with a birth injury every year That is 1 in every 9,714 births 76 babies per day are born with some form of a birth injury Over 150,000 birth injuries occurred between mothers and babies during childbirth in 2006 (all avoidable) So, what can you do to best protect yourself and your unborn child? First, make sure you trust your OBGYN and their staff. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or as if they are not taking your health seriously, it may be time to find a new doctor. Birth injuries occur more often in tool-assisted births. This means the use of forceps or a ventouse (vacuum). Although safe births can happen with the use of these instruments, it is vital to discuss with your doctor why/if these are necessary for your delivery. Birth injuries or birth defects? Sometimes, it can be hard to determine whether or not the issue is a birth injury or a birth defect. And while birth injuries can sometimes happen despite all the proper steps taken, it is vital to make sure you have all the information. Lack of oxygen during birth can lead to conditions like cerebral palsy. However, it can also be the result of a birth defect. A birth defect is something that cannot be avoided, and is not the result of a doctor’s negligence. Who is liable? You might be wondering who is responsible for an injury inflicted during birth. Anyone whose care you are under, whether that be a nurse, OBGYN, family doctor, or other hospital staff can be held liable. The hospital as a whole can also be liable for its employees’ actions. When the day your baby arrives finally comes, make sure you feel comfortable and safe with your delivery team. And, if at any moment, you think you are being given the less-than-standard care that you deserve, it might be time to seek legal consultation. We can help. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Your Birth Injury Attorney

If your child was recently born with a birth injury, the attorneys at Gerling Law offer our deepest sympathies. Unfortunately, we have experience with these types of cases and know all too well how heartbreaking this time can be for you and your family. Though it may not be the best time to discuss the legal process, it is important to know that you could benefit from having a birth injury attorney on your side. Finding a Birth Injury Attorney According to the Birth Injury Guide, out of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, at least 6 to 8 of them are born with a birth injury. More specifically, that means that approximately 1 in every 9,714 people in the U.S. are born with a birth injury. Simply put, a birth injury is a physical injury experienced by a newborn baby. This injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or even shortly after the birthing process has taken place. What makes this type of case so devastating is the fact that most of these injuries are preventable. Common conditions that can result from a birth injury include the following: cerebral palsy, brain swelling, skull fractures, nerve damage, brain damage, and more. If your newborn baby has experienced this type of pain or trauma, and you believe negligence took place, then it may be necessary to speak with a birth injury attorney. Contact a Birth Injury Attorney at Gerling Law Today While cases involving preventable injuries are always difficult, when a baby or child is involved, the process becomes even more grueling. The last thing you and your family should be focusing on right now is the law, but learning how to move forward with your life. If you are in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro, and you need a birth injury attorney on your side, then contact Gerling Law today. From collecting witness statements to gathering expert testimonies, we will be here for you every step of the way.

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Do You Need an Indianapolis Birth Injury Attorney?

Although nobody wants to think about birth injuries as something that occurs, they do from time to time happen. Sometimes they occur simply due to nature, and sometimes they occur because of human error during the birthing process, because of an accident on behalf of the nurse or the physician who is responsible for the birth. If you recently gave birth and became injured or your newborn became injured, it might be time for you to consult with a birth injury attorney in Indiana from Gerling Law. An Indianapolis birth injury lawyer will be able to tell you if you have a case based on the information that you provide during a consultation.   Benefits of Hiring an Indianapolis Birth Injury Lawyer Once you know if you have a case, there are many benefits to having an attorney from our law firm on your side during this legal process. Having someone who can advocate for you when you are going head to head against a physician, a medical practice, or a hospital, can be vitally important because you will be fighting against a medical malpractice insurance claim, and the doctor will be represented as well. You need someone who is going to advocate for you, fight for your rights, answer your legal questions, and help give you peace of mind throughout the legal process. Make sure that you have someone in your corner when you are fighting against a birth injury claim, because your rights are important when a birth injury occurred, especially when you consider the medical bills.   Hire an Indianapolis Birth Injury Attorney Today Birth injuries are serious business, and the legal claims that arise from them can be difficult to fight on your own without an attorney. Do you believe that you may need a birth injury attorney in one of the areas that we serve? Give us a call at Gerling Law today. Our number is 888-437-5464, and if you give us a call today, we can tell you more about the services that we offer and the attorneys that we staff to meet your needs.

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