If you or someone you love is a victim of a birth injury, you probably have questions about your legal rights. As a lawyer with more than 38 years of birth injury and medical negligence experience, it’s my job to focus on getting you the justice you deserve. You need the time to focus on what matters: your family, and your loved one’s health. Birth injury is often the result of medical negligence. If your family has been harmed by birth injury, I’ll find out what happened and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
What is a birth injury?
Any physical injury a baby experiences through labor and delivery is considered a birth injury. Birth injuries can occur when a baby is breach (feet-first instead of head-first), the baby is premature, or when labor is extended or difficult. Birth injuries can also occur to the mother; maternal birth injuries can be physical, mental, or emotional.
What kinds of injury can happen during labor and delivery?
Common injuries for newborns include swelling or bruising of the brain or head, broken blood vessels in the eyes or face, nerve injuries that impact the face, arms, or hands, and fractures to the collarbone. Birth injury can occur regardless if the delivery is done naturally or by C-section (caesarean section).
Maternal birth injuries can be much more complex, because they are often caused by overlooked conditions, or medical errors. Bleeding and hemorrhage, emergency hysterectomy, sepsis, and even organ failure can all result from maternal birth injury.
Why do birth injuries occur?
Delivery is a complex process, and medical care providers need to care for two lives simultaneously. Injuries can occur whenever medical processes, medications, or medical devices are misused, overused, or neglected. Birth injuries occur when medical care providers make wrong assumptions about the health of the mother or baby, fail to consider pre-existing conditions, or fail to monitor the mother and baby throughout labor and delivery. This can mean anything from underestimating the size of the baby, to miscalculating the delivery date, or improper administration of medications or medical devices during the birthing process. For instance, devices like forceps or a vacuum can be used to enable delivery, but when misused, they can cause nerve damage or broken bones for the baby.
What should I do if I think birth injury occurred to me or a loved one?
Seek medical help right away for the mother and baby. Timely treatment is important for the health of both the mother and the baby. Keep track of all of your medical paperwork, and document all medications provided or procedure that were performed or recommended.
If you have any questions, or you’re concerned about the medical care you or a loved one received during labor or delivery, don’t let a hospital administrator tell you not to consult with an attorney. I have the expertise, knowledge and resources to take on even the biggest hospitals and institutions.
Call 877-944-4373 to speak to me today. I’ll meet you anywhere and at any time to discuss your case, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®