I'm so scared and confused -- my baby has a birth injury. What should I do?

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What is a birth injury?

Birth injuries in a D.C. hospital can refer to a number of specific injuries, conditions, or diagnoses a baby receives. Sometimes the term "birth injury" refers to a lack of oxygen (perinatal asphyxia) during delivery. Sometimes it means a delay in delivering the baby that causes Cerebral Palsy or other permanent damages and disability to the child. Sometimes the term will refer to a delayed delivery that caused shoulder dystocia, or a baby born with infection.

No matter what the specifics of the injury or condition related to the child's birth, there are certain steps to take immediately.

1) Get a complete copy of all of the medical and hospital records. Records for the obstetrician and records for the hospital may be separate, depending on the hospital;

2) Get a complete copy of all films, images (like sonograms, MRIs and CT scans) your baby had. Remember to get the acual images, not just the reports; and

3) Get your child the best medical care, treatment, and therapy you can find (we published a resource guide for parents in D.C., Maryland and Virginia who have children with special needs. Order it for free today  -- it will help).

4) Then talk to us about investigating the cause of your child's condition or disability.  The medical investigation we do is thorough and time consuming - we want to make sure you have all of the information you need to help your child. 

We will review your records for free; no cost and no obligation.

We also know, from over 20 years experience, that the sooner we get started, the sooner we can help you and your child.

So call us today and we can send you your free copy of Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves: A Parent's Guide to Resources.

We have also published a book called Picking Up the Pieces After Medical Malpractice: A Parent's Guide. Both of these resources are free and indispensable to a parent of a child with special needs.

Both should help get you started.  We also set aside time every week to answer questions and give information over the phone.  If a confidential, no obligation stragegy session would help you, please call us at 202-393-3320 to schedule it.  There is no charge for the initial strategy session.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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