Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting times in a person's life. Birth can be joyful, but on rare occasions, complications can arise. Unfortunately, some of these complications can cause injury and aren't caused by the mother or child, but by the medical staff.
Injuries to a newborn child due to negligence can be the basis of a legal claim for recovery against a doctor or a hospital. But types of injuries fall under the description of a “birth injury” for legal purposes.
A 40-year-old mother of three felt she was doing the responsible thing by taking steps to prevent the birth of a fourth child, who would be likely to inherit sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a condition in which the blood cells, instead of being soft and round, are C-shaped and hard. When they flow through the vessels, they tend to clump together, causing pain and increasing the chances of infections and stroke.