December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a chance for everyone to address the difficulties disabled people face in the community and to promote accessibility and understanding on a global level. At the same time, the day is a great opportunity to remember that some disabilities happen by accident when an infant is delivered in the hospital. Sometimes, the carelessness or mistake of a health care professional can leave a newborn with a lifetime of disabilities, and that isn’t fair.
Over one billion people live with a physical and emotional disability, according to the United Nations. These people often face stigmas, discrimination and inequality, and some must overcome significant obstacles on a daily basis. But accidents sometimes happen and leave people with disabilities they never had before. Families’ lives can be interrupted suddenly and without warning by a hospital error or medical negligence. Sadly, babies can suffer birth injuries that leave them with permanent physical and mental challenges that they may not have had if someone had given their delivery a bit more care.
Although today’s technology has minimized the risks involved in giving birth, health care professionals still sometimes fail to provide appropriate care during labor, delivery, prenatal or postnatal period. Hospital negligence can result in a life-long birth injury that creates a difficult situation for both the child and the parents. Suddenly, parents may have to think about long-term medical care, therapy, medication or equipment, all because of someone else’s mistake.
Families should not have to face these obstacles alone. If a child was injured at birth and now has a disability as a result, contact the birth injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss who have had tremendous success in representing clients like you. Let this Day of Persons with Disabilities be a reason to come forward and get the help you and your child will need in the years to come.