A birth injury lawsuit is a type of civil law lawsuit that alleges a negligent act by a doctor, nurse, midwife, or other health care provider caused harm to the fetus or newborn. A birth injury may be caused by medical malpractice at any time up until the first year of an infant’s life. Some examples of birth injuries are cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and blindness.
Some types of birth injuries are foreseeable and preventable through proper attention to health care practices during pregnancy and childbirth. If doctors fail to meet these standards and cause damage on an unforeseeable basis, they may be held liable for their actions through the use of a negligence claim.