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When bad things happen during birth you may need a lawyer

The medical profession is good at what they do, but sometimes bad things happen. Those bad things need to be handled by a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer.

For the most part, many of us would say that doctors do a good job of taking care of us. Sure, we might have the odd occasion when they made a minor mistake and gave you a medication that didn’t agree with you or said you had the flu when you had a sinus infection. Things happen, right? You shrug it off and chalk it up to the “doc” being human and simply making a small mistake.

While it’s true that things do happen, for the most part they aren’t things that register on a person’s medical malpractice meter – meaning that many patients don’t even realize they may have been a victim of medical malpractice unless they find themselves in a real bind and something very bad happens. For instance, if something went wrong during the birth of your baby.

When doctors make mistakes that harm others and drastically alter their lives forever, they need to take responsibility for their actions. The bottom line is that if a severe injury or death happens as a direct result of negligence on the part of the doctor (or other health care provider), you have the right to file a claim for medical malpractice. This holds true even more when it comes to birth injuries.

Unfortunately, even parents whose child has been injured at birth may hesitate to file a medical malpractice lawsuit with a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer because they are uncertain if they have a case, think the doctors will cover up for each other, think that no one will listen to them and that they won’t win their case because med mal litigation is difficult and at times very tricky to prove. While all those concerns are valid, hiring the right med mal attorney will make all the difference in the world. They are in your corner, defending your rights and making sure you get justice.

When it comes to birth injuries, they may occur prior to, during or just after the actual birth. Injuries may range from skin irritation to nerve damage and from broken bones to brain injuries, perhaps leading to something like cerebral palsy. In some cases, the bad outcome of this medical event (birth) is not considered to be medical malpractice, and your New Hampshire personal injury lawyer will explain the difference to you if your case is not medical malpractice.

What many people don’t realize is that birth injuries don’t just refer to injuries sustained by the baby, but also include injuries to the mother, such as tissue and nerve damage, etc. Since the mother is also part of the equation when it comes to birth injuries, and may also be harmed, this certainly complicates the case. Most med mal cases require expert witnesses to testify that the doctor who caused the harm was not acting in a manner that others in the same position would act. In other words, the health care provider was not providing the accepted standard of care during delivery.

If you are in a situation like this, contact a seasoned New Hampshire personal injury lawyer immediately and find out what your rights are, what the definition of negligence is as it applies to your birth injury case, how a case of this nature may proceed and what is involved in taking something like this to trial.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

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