Unlike most other types of injuries,
birth injuries affect two people instead of one. Doctors and other medical professionals
who treat pregnant women are obligated to treat both mother and baby with
the utmost of care. Still, even in our technologically advanced medical
environment, both mothers and babies are sometimes harmed by preventable
birth injuries that occur due to another’s negligence.
Fortunately, most people in Texas will never encounter a birth injury firsthand.
Medical malpractice attorneys, on the other hand, routinely see the havoc caused by a birth
injury such as
cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or a premature birth. The parents of children affected
by birth injuries, as well as the spouses of women victimized by medical
negligence, also know all too well the damages done. One malpractice attorney
is doing his part to acknowledge the heroism of birth injury survivors.
He has established a new scholarship available to either the survivor
of a birth injury or a family member touched by one.
The requirements are that an applicant must presently attend an accredited
institution, or be entering one this coming fall. In addition, applicants
must be a citizen of the United States and have attained a cumulative
3.0 grade point average either in college or in high school. The attorney
who created the scholarship mentioned that most people don’t understand
that, when they encounter someone with a disability, that person may have
suffered an avoidable yet devastating mistake during the delivery process.
The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000, but the malpractice attorney
emphasized that victims of birth injuries often need tremendous financial
help. Damages done can sometimes require a lifetime of care afterwards,
especially if a birth injury affects one’s ability to speak, move,
think or just perform the varied functions of everyday life.