Obtaining Medical Records after a Suspected Birth Injury
Lizzy’s parents suspected a preventable birth injury led to their daughter’s cerebral palsy, but didn’t know how to go about uncovering the truth. When they tried to get her medical records, Lizzy’s parents discovered they had been hidden away and kept under lock and key. In a new video, their attorney, Ken Suggs, and Lizzy’s parents discuss how they worked together to find out what caused their daughter’s cerebral palsy.
Getting Your Records
Obtaining medical records is one of the first steps in determining whether a preventable birth injury occurred. Attorney Ken Suggs offers this advice to parents trying to gather their child’s medical records:
- Act quickly. The sooner you obtain your records, the sooner you can get answers.
- Routinely collect all medical records. You’ll never regret having them on hand.
- Ask for the mother’s records as well, not just the baby’s.
- Make sure your records are complete, not partial or condensed versions.
- Get the data from the fetal monitoring strips recorded during labor.
- Don’t be shy. It is your right to ask for your child’s medical information.
Obtaining your records is just the first step. Only an expert can interpret them and determine if a birth injury occurred. Parents should look for a law firm with extensive experience in handling birth injury cases. Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC has helped hundreds of families across the country find out the truth about their children’s cerebral palsy. For more information or to speak to a cerebral palsy attorney, contact our office.