Birth Injury

Sometimes, during labor or delivery, complications arise in which the baby suffers a physical injury. In some cases, medical malpractice is involved.

What causes a birth injury?

Birth injuries can occur in many different ways, but they usually happen because of improper prenatal care or during the delivery. Cerebral palsy or other types of birth injuries can occur if a doctor or nurse fails to recognize or is slow to respond to the signs of fetal distress, or indications that the baby is in trouble. Also, a birth injury can occur with a difficult birth if the doctor fails to recognize the size and presentation of the baby.

Conditions that may be associated with a difficult birth include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Stillbirth
  • Preeclampsia, Toxemia and Gestational Diabetes
  • Separated Placenta
  • Delayed Caesarian Section
  • Forceps Injury
  • Failure to Diagnose Preterm Labor
  • Maternal Infection
  • Surgical Error during pregnancy

How the injury occurs

In a baby, the brain is the delicate place where most of the functioning for the baby’s activity is centered. If the oxygen to the brain is disrupted during labor and delivery, a serious, permanent birth injury can result. Reducing the oxygen supply through the blood stream is one way of causing an injury or, sometimes, a physical injury, such as the use of forceps or pulling on a baby’s arm, can cause a birth injury.

Do we have experience handling birth injury cases?

Our birth injury lawyers have extensive experience in many of the causes of birth trauma. Please follow the links to our special sections on birth injuries, as well as to our results pages discussing specific case where we have successfully represented children and brought financial relief to families devastated by these tragic forms of medical malpractice.

It is important for parents to know that our representation does not end at a settlement or verdict. We use our experience to assist our clients in handling the compensation that they are awarded. Although children afflicted with cerebral palsy and other birth injuries can lead very productive lives, the reality is that children suffering from these heartbreaking injuries often need constant supervision or skilled assistance throughout their full and productive lives. We work closely with various pediatric experts, banking institutions and attorneys to establish support systems and trust accounts to meet our clients’ individualized needs. We ensure that the child and family have the proper housing, transportation, education and therapeutic needs to fulfill their requirements.

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