After a baby is diagnosed with a birth injury in a D.C. hospital, what steps should parents take?

Birth injuries in a D.C. hospital can refer to a number of specific injuries, conditions or diagnosis a baby receives.  Sometimes the term "birth injury" refers to a lack of oxygen (perinatal asphyxia) during delivery and a delay in delivering the baby that caused cerebral palsy or other permanent damages and disability to the child.  Sometimes the term will refer to a delivery that caused shoulder dystocia, or a baby born with infection who should have been delivered earlier.

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

  • Get a complete copy of all of the medical and hospital records - everything from the ob (which may be separate from the hospital) and the hospital.
  • Get a complete copy of all films, images (like sonograms, MRIs and CT scans) your baby had - the acual images, not just the reports
  • Get your child the best medical care, treatment and therapy you can find (we published a resource guide for parents of special needs children in D.C., Maryland and Va that should help)

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 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 and Picking Up the Pieces After Medical Malpractice: A Parent's Guide.

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 phone conference would help you, please call us to schedule it.  There is no charge for the phone conference.