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Frequently Asked Questions About Birth Injury in Georgia

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Labor and delivery is a time that can be dangerous for mothers and newborns. When a baby suffers a serious injury during birth, it must be determined how that injury happened and how it could've been prevented. In some cases, the obstetrician or medical staff is responsible for the injury. In such cases, the doctor, hospital, or medical professionals who caused the infant's injuries and lifelong disabilities can be held accountable.

The experienced Atlanta birth injury attorneys at the Grant Law Office are committed to helping victims and their families get financial compensation for their significant losses. We understand that monetary support can help improve a child's quality of life and help them get the necessary treatment and care.

Here are some frequently asked questions about birth injuries that can help you and understand how to can protect your family's legal rights and options:

Is there a difference between a birth defect and a birth injury?

Do all birth injuries in Georgia qualify for compensation?

What types of birth injuries qualify?

What is medical malpractice?

What is cerebral palsy?

My baby suffered harm during the delivery. What can I do?

Q: Is there a difference between a birth defect and a birth injury?

A: Birth defects are caused by something that happened during or even before the pregnancy. For example, birth defects may be the result of taking a dangerous prescription drug at the time of pregnancy. Birth injuries are generally caused by something that went wrong during the labor and delivery.

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Q: Do all birth injuries in Georgia qualify for compensation?

A: Some birth injuries are unavoidable. Medical providers are only financially responsible for damages they cause by failing to provide adequate or reasonable medical care. Only birth injuries caused by the negligence of a medical professional lead to financial compensation for the victim's family.

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Q: What types of birth injuries qualify?

A: You can seek financial compensation from the at-fault medical staff if they failed to assess or respond to conditions during the pregnancy and delivery that injured your child. You can file a medical malpractice claim if these medical professionals failed to provide a reasonable level of care.

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Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: All medical professionals are required to provide a certain level of care to patients. Medical malpractice is when a professional health care provider (like a doctor, nurse or other hospital worker) doesn't work at a level expected from someone with their training and experience.

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Q: What is cerebral palsy?

A: There are many health problems can result from mistakes made by medical professionals. Cerebral palsy refers to disorders affecting a baby's brain function and body movement. Cerebral palsy is commonly mentioned when discussing birth injuries because it can be caused by trauma to the baby's brain in the womb or during delivery. It can also result from not enough oxygen flowing to the brain during delivery.

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Q: My baby suffered harm during the delivery. What can I do?

A: Dealing with a birth injury like cerebral palsy is stressful and traumatic. After seeking treatment and support for the injury, you'll need to research what legal options are available. An Atlanta personal injury lawyer can review your case and help you move forward with your potential claim. Call the Grant Law Office at (404) 995-3955 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

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