Birth InjuryFree Medical Malpractice Case Review
The birth of a child should be one of the happiest times of your life. The delivery process, though physically stressful, should proceed with the minimum number of complications. There are, however, some cases where the baby is injured during birth. If your baby's injury was due to circumstances or a doctor's or hospital's negligence or incompetence, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
There are a number of situations that can result in serious damage and injury to a newborn. Abnormal births such as breech babies can cause severe injuries, and a condition known as caput succedaneum can result in severe swelling of the soft tissue in the baby's scalp. Furthermore, the baby's umbilical cord may wrap around the neck, severely reducing the flow of oxygen to the brain. Even a few seconds of oxygen depravation can have serious and long-term consequences that will most likely never heal.
Sometimes, the baby's head and face can come into contact with the mother's pelvic bone as it travels through the birth canal, which can cause serious bruising. Also, medical forceps used to help with delivery can leave permanent marks and bruising. In the most tragic cases, these birth injuries can sever nerves in the face, neck, or shoulder and leave a baby brain damaged or partially paralyzed.
Perhaps the most common form of birth injury involves cerebral palsy. This devastating and incurable condition is usually caused when a doctor or surgeon fails to take the caution necessary to prevent nerve damage during delivery. A common condition called shoulder dystocia occurs when a child fails to exit the birth canal properly, inflicting permanent injury to the nerves and tendons in the shoulder. These injuries are far too common, and children and their families must then struggle with arms that do not function, legs that cannot support a body, and lifetime of harship and pain because a doctor failed to make a correct decision.
If your baby suffered serious birth trauma due to the negligence, irresponsibility, or inexperience of a doctor or other medical professional, you may be entitled to financial compensation for damaged they caused. Let our compassionate and dedicated birth injury attorneys help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today.