Birth Injury Attorneys
Every year, between 2,000 and 4,000 babies suffer birth injuries in the United States. Birth injuries are often debilitating and have long-term impacts on both babies and their families. In many instances, babies are left with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities due to a multitude of conditions stemming from these injuries. Although some birth injuries are unable to be prevented, there are countless cases where babies suffer painful birth injuries as a result of negligent and reckless medical professionals.
Babies who are harmed by negligent doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals often require extensive medical care. Depending on the injuries, babies can be forced to utilize machines and medical equipment for the rest of their lives. Permanent impairments from birth injuries can have a debilitating impact on a growing child’s ability to thrive. If your baby was injured as a result of a negligent medical professional, it is imperative that you reach out to a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Our birth defects attorneys at The Medical Negligence Group have decades of experience fighting to protect the legal rights of families who are forced to deal with traumatic and painful birth injuries. Our extensive knowledge of birth injury laws enables us to aggressively represent families across the nation. Our team understands the challenges victims face after being subjected to medical negligence. Having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on medical treatment, take time off work, and deal with unbearable pain and suffering are experiences that no one should be forced to endure. For this reason, our team provides aggressive and competent legal representation to ensure those who pursue birth injury lawsuits get the justice they deserve. Contact our birth injury law firm at your earliest convenience to see how we can help you.
Causes of Birth Injuries
There are several medical errors known to cause injuries to newborns. It is imperative to understand that not every birth injury constitutes a birth injury lawsuit. Instead, families must be able to establish that a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional acted negligently. By demonstrating that the care a medical professional provided was below the acceptable standard of care, families are able to prevail in their claims and obtain the justice they deserve. Some of the most common medical errors that cause birth injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Not recognizing and treating infections during the pregnancy or during the birthing process
- Not administering the appropriate drugs to patients
- Administering the wrong dosage of medications to patients
- Not performing surgery or a C-section procedure correctly
- Not monitoring the heart of the mother or child adequately during the birthing process
- Not following the appropriate delivery procedures
- Not recognizing major health problems in newborns that can cause life-threatening injuries
- Not distinguishing when an emergency C-section should be performed
- Not using vacuum extractors or forceps delivery tools correctly
This is not a complete list of all the negligent actions medical professionals engage in during the pregnancy, labor, or delivery process. Due to these and other actions or inactions, numerous women and children suffer debilitating birth injuries every day. It is crucial that families are able to establish the grounds for negligence in order to prevail with a legal claim against the negligent provider. Working with reputable birth injury attorneys will ensure families prove their cases and get the justice and compensation they need and deserve. Contact The Medical Negligence Group at your earliest convenience to discuss legal options available to you.
Types of Birth Injuries
Hypoxia is the leading cause of birth injuries in the United States. This injury occurs when the baby is deprived of oxygen during the labor and birth process. There are several causes of birth hypoxia, many of which involve the reckless and negligent actions of medical professionals. The deprivation of oxygen can result in extensive health complications that will continue to impact the health and wellbeing of the children indefinitely. Many children go on to suffer from organ damage, motor skill impairment, cognitive issues, and even cerebral palsy as a result of these injuries. A variety of other injuries are inflicted on babies each year as a result of negligent or reckless medical professionals. Some of these injuries include:
Broken Bones: Many babies suffer broken bones during the birthing process. Babies in the United States commonly sustain broken clavicles, feet, arms, legs, skulls, and cervical spines. Numerous injuries are caused by reckless and negligent medical professionals.
Neurological Injuries: Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is one of the most common causes of brain injuries to babies. The deprivation of oxygen can lead to permanently disabling impairments.
Erb’s Palsy: Paralysis to the brachial plexus area can result in debilitating injuries to the arm, shoulder, or hand of a child. These injuries can lead to permanent paralysis and cause other disabilities.
Caput Succedaneum: These injuries are often caused by the mishandling of a child during a difficult labor process. These injuries give the child a cone head appearance. In most cases, the appearance disappears within a few days. Bruising and other complications from these injuries can be painful.
Facial Nerve Palsy: Facial paralysis occurs when there is bruising to the nerves in a baby’s face. When the nerves are torn, surgery may be necessary to remedy the situation.
Brachial Plexus Injuries: Brachial plexus injuries are those to the arms, shoulders, and wrists of a child. These injuries occur when any of these parts get wedged inside the pelvic region of the mother during the delivery process. Brachial plexus injuries can result in permanent impairments to babies.
Brain Injuries: Oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery can cause incapacitating brain injuries for children. In some cases, brain injuries are the result of trauma to the head.
Epilepsy: The deprivation of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor and delivery can result in the development of a seizure disorder. Seizures can also be caused by infections passed on from the mother and traumatic injuries to the head.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries occur most often in breech deliveries, though they can occur at any time as a result of negligence. When medical professionals fail to rotate the baby or timely perform an emergency C-section, the chances of disabling spinal cord injuries are greatly increased.
Numerous birth injuries require long-term treatment and leave babies with permanent disabilities. If your child suffered a birth injury as a result of a negligent medical professional, it is crucial that you contact a birth trauma attorney as soon as possible.
Conditions Caused by Birth Injuries
We often turn to medical professionals with the assumption that they have our health and best interest in mind. Although many people receive medical treatment without any problems, thousands of people suffer birth injuries as a result of medical malpractice. When doctors, nurses, and other professionals are negligent or careless during the labor and delivery process, it can cause debilitating injuries to small children. Many children suffer injuries that lead to long-term complications and impairments. These conditions and syndromes often require extensive medical treatment. Not only is it overwhelming to watch children forced to endure mental and physical pain and suffering, but the costs associated with treating disabilities are staggering. Although any birth injury can have a debilitating impact on a child’s life, cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy are two of the most disabling conditions a baby can suffer.
Cerebral palsy injuries are one of the most common claims made in birth injury lawsuits across the United States. These debilitating injuries impact between 1.5 to 5 babies out of every 1,000 born. Although over 17 million people suffer from cerebral palsy, it is crucial to understand the impairments and limitations surrounding this condition.
Cerebral palsy often stems from birth injuries caused by medical negligence or recklessness. This permanently disabling condition can have varying degrees of injury that result in permanent impairments to children. Cerebral palsy is the name given to a series of disorders that impact a child’s ability to move. In many cases, cerebral palsy is a result of brain damage during the pregnancy, labor, and delivery process. Children who suffer from this condition often have problems moving and controlling their muscles and body and coordinating their movements. Many children have difficulties with their balance, posture, reflexes, and muscle tones, which is why many people who suffer from this condition use wheelchairs and other types of durable medical equipment.
Cerebral palsy is often a result of perinatal brain cell death. This occurs due to a deprivation of oxygen during the birthing process or from head trauma, which can disrupt the postnatal nonfunctional connections between brain cells and cause permanent disabilities.
If your baby suffered a cerebral palsy injury as a result of a negligent medical professional, it is crucial that you reach out to a birth injury attorney at The Medical Negligence Group as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
This devastating birth injury has a dramatic impact on a child’s ability to use their arms and shoulders. In many cases, Erb’s palsy results in paralysis and nerve damage to the impacted areas, similar to how cerebral palsy impacts the affected regions of the body. This condition can leave children either temporarily or permanently disabled, depending on the severity of the injury suffered. Erb’s palsy makes it challenging for children to move and control the upper regions of their arms, shoulders, and hands. Many cases of Erb’s palsy are caused by trauma during delivery, the improper use of birthing forceps and vacuum extractors, or untimely C-sections. Many children who suffer from Erb’s palsy experience partial disabilities, such as:
- Inability to control or feel the arm and hand on the affected side
- Not being able to move the arm but have control over the wrist or hands
- Having the ability to use their hands well, but unable to move or control the shoulder or elbow muscles
The severity of disabilities children experience is determined by the nerves impacted by the injury. Many children do recover from cerebral palsy through an early intervention like therapy and/or surgery. Though the prognosis of Erb’s palsy is usually good, some children are left permanently disabled as a result of this condition. If your child suffered Erb’s palsy injuries as a result of medical malpractice, it is crucial that you reach out to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens related to medical treatment.
Birth Injuries Caused by the Negligent Use of Birthing Tools
During difficult labors, doctors often turn to the use of birthing tools like vacuum extractors and forceps to help ease babies through the birthing canal. The use of these tools requires prior experience and knowledge. When doctors do not use these tools correctly, they can cause disabling injuries that result in permanent impairments. Some injuries babies sustain from the careless use of birthing tools include, but are not limited to:
- Subdural hemorrhages
- Subarachnoid hemorrhages
- Skull fractures
- Fetal strokes
- Brain damages
- Seizure disorders/epilepsy
- Skull malformations
Although vacuum extractors and forceps can be extremely helpful during difficult deliveries, the improper use of these tools can lead to life-altering injuries. If your child suffered any of these debilitating injuries as a result of a negligent medical professional, contact our law firm to see what legal options are available for you.
Treatment Options for Birth Injuries
Babies who suffer birth injuries are often required to undergo immediate and long-term treatment for their injuries. When babies suffer nerve damage in the face or brachial plexus region, they may require immediate surgery to address the injuries. Babies who suffer from oxygen deprivation are often required to undergo hypothermia therapy within six hours of birth.
Other injuries, like cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, and other brachial plexus injuries, require long-term treatment and therapy to strengthen muscles and improve mobility. Many birth injuries require the use of medications and medical devices indefinitely. Regardless of the type of injuries children sustain, the treatment options often come at a substantial cost. For this reason, families benefit greatly by reaching out to a birth injury attorney as soon as possible to explore legal options available to them.
Compensation for Birth Injuries
When babies suffer birth injuries as a result of a negligent medical professional, they often endure overwhelming pain and suffering. The majority of victims are forced to undergo immediate as well as long-term treatments for their injuries. Not only are victims forced to suffer the debilitating consequences of negligent medical professionals, but their families often face overwhelming financial burdens as well. For this reason, families across the United States file birth injury lawsuits to obtain compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face moving forward.
Our medical malpractice attorneys at The Medical Negligence Group strive to help families move forward from these traumatic incidents by making sure they are in the best financial position imaginable. Our aggressive and knowledgeable attorneys fight diligently to protect the legal rights of families so they can get the maximum amount of compensation available to alleviate the financial burdens they face related to:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- The cost of home and vehicle modifications
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- The costs of long-term care like therapy and rehabilitation
- The costs of special education programs and counseling
- Durable medical equipment and devices necessary to perform tasks and move
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our birth trauma attorneys fully believe that families should never be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the medical treatment their child needs as a result of negligent medical professionals. Our team provides trusted and effective legal representation to those in need in order to ensure their legal rights and best interests are protected.
The Medical Negligence Group Can Help You
Birth injuries impact thousands of families across the United States each year. Not only are babies forced to endure overwhelming pain and suffering, but they often require long-term treatment and are left with permanently disabling conditions. Although there are many reasons why birth injuries occur, a large percentage of these injuries are caused by reckless and negligent medical professionals. Although we entrust doctors, nurses, and other qualified healthcare providers with our health and safety, we continue to see the life-altering consequences of their negligent actions. If your baby suffered a birth injury, and you believe it was caused by a negligent or reckless medical professional, it is crucial that you reach out to a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Our doctor-attorneys at The Medical Negligence Group firmly believe that families deserve the maximum amount of compensation available after being subjected to birth injuries. Our birth defects attorneys have extensive knowledge of both the legal and the medical industries, which uniquely positions our team to provide aggressive and competent legal representation to families in need. We strive to ensure the legal rights and best interests of families are protected as they move forward from these traumatic experiences. Contact our birth trauma lawyers at (410) 220-6609 to explore legal options available for you.
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