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Parents cannot always protect their children from every possible danger in life, but when the unthinkable occurs, a qualified child injury lawyer may be able to help.
Babies and juveniles are some of the most vulnerable people in society. They are innocent, naïve, and rely on the protection of the loving adults in their lives. But life itself poses many threats – often at no fault of the parent. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, injury is the number one killer of the nation’s children.
Many dangers are preventable, but sometimes the negligent actions of a thoughtless or inattentive babysitter, physician or motorist, among others, can cause unnecessary suffering. Birth injuries, dog bites, reactions to vaccines, drunk drivers, malfunctioning playground equipment, lack of supervision by daycare providers, and toxic toys are only a few examples. No one can take away the emotional pain when tragedy strikes, but a dedicated child injury lawyer may be able to help ensure that justice is served. The family should receive at least some degree of relief by easing the financial burden associated with medical expenses such as hospital costs, ongoing therapy, and compensation for pain and suffering.
In the womb and at birth, especially, babies are in a particularly defenseless state. Sometimes medical professionals fail to use proper judgment. They don’t recognize potentially dangerous conditions during pregnancy or deliver a reasonable degree of care, sometimes resulting in harm to the infant. In this case, the doctor may be held responsible for medical negligence. Other times, medical professionals may improperly employ instruments (such as forceps) or anesthesia during delivery. They may unreasonably perform a caesarean or vacuum procedure, resulting in adverse health effects for the infant. If the medical professional is considered at fault, this is known as labor and delivery negligence.
The possible complications of medical or labor and delivery negligence can range from mild to severe. Possible conditions include hydrocephalus (water on the brain), shoulder dystocia, uterine rupture, cerebral palsy, and RH incompatibility to name a few. Each of these disorders can have long-lasting effects on a person’s quality of life, possibly throughout adulthood.
Minors who have suffered physical harm at the hands of a negligent individual typically have until their 20thbirthday to take legal action. Still, parents may consider contacting a child injury lawyer if they suspect negligence on behalf of a third party. Physicians’ contact information tends to get misplaced, names are forgotten, and companies go out of business. The sooner a qualified attorney is consulted, the quicker the family will know if they have grounds to receive financial relief.
In Houston, one of the premier attorneys families can turn to is Board Certified child injury lawyer Terry Bryant. Boasting 25 years of experience practicing law in Texas, Bryant works with a carefully selected team of litigators who ensure victims and their families receive proper legal representation. Bryant has successfully litigated numerous child and birth injury cases, helping many families achieve the comfort of a measure of justice in a court of law, as well as the financial compensation they deserve.