Both mother and child are vulnerable during the birth process and reliant on the care of their medical staff. Unfortunately, some doctors or nurses fail to provide the level of care that is expected of them as medical professionals. This negligence can cause serious injuries to newborns that may last a lifetime.
For families in Kissimmee, these injuries can lead to mental anguish, pain and suffering, and financial burdens. If you suspect medical negligence was the cause of your child’s birth injury, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, loss of future earning capacity, and more through a birth injury lawsuit.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Because newborns are so fragile during the birth process, there are any number of ways they can be seriously harmed by the inattentiveness or negligence of a medical professional. Some of the more common causes of birth injuries that are cited during birth injury lawsuits include:
Improper Equipment Use: The improper use of equipment designed to assist the birth process, such as forceps or vacuums, can cause devastating injury to a newborn. Forceps can cause nerve damage in the child’s chest or neck if used improperly, and vacuums can potentially cause severe injuries to both the mother and the newborn if not used correctly.
Hypoxia: If the child’s brain does not receive enough oxygen, due to a tangled umbilical cord, infection, or damage to the placenta, severe mental and physical disabilities can occur. Medical professionals are trained to detect hypoxia in advance — failure to do so can result in a birth injury.
Delaying an Emergency Caesarean Section: If the baby is in distress, an emergency c-section is ordered in order to save the baby. Uterine ruptures, cord prolapses, placenta previa, and other urgent conditions will generally require a C-section as well. If a doctor fails to recognize one of these conditions and delays in ordering an emergency caesarean section, the mother and child can both be seriously harmed.
Birth injuries resulting from any of the following and may also have been caused by medical negligence:
- Improper use of labor-inducing drug;
- Failure to recognize and address changes in the fetus’ condition;
- Insufficient testing throughout pregnancy;
- Failure to diagnose and properly treat complications during birth;
- Neglecting to communicate problems to other doctors; or
- Failure to refer high-risk patients to specialized physicians.
Common Birth Injuries
The most common birth injuries to newborns include:
- Cerebral palsy;
- Brachial plexus palsy, including Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy;
- Brain damage;
- Spinal cord damage; and
- Wrongful death.
Mothers may also suffer injuries during the delivery, including:
- Vaginal tears;
- Ruptured uterus;
- Preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension);
- Spinal cord damage;
- Sepsis; and
- Wrongful death.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
Birth injury lawsuits, as with any lawsuits that involve medical errors, are complicated. A skilled birth injury attorney will help you to navigate the complexities of the law and try to get you the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Our birth injury attorneys in Kissimmee will work to gather the evidence necessary to prove that your child’s birth injury was avoidable and ultimately caused by a medical professionals’ neglectful conduct.
Although past victories don’t guarantee future results, our attorneys have recovered millions for clients who have suffered a birth injury. If your claim is successful, you may be able to recover monetary damages for losses suffered due to the medical provider’s negligence. These damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Additional healthcare costs (e.g., occupational therapy, counseling, in-home care, special vehicles or equipment, home modifications);
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of society and companionship; or
- Loss of life’s enjoyment.
If your child was injured at birth because of your doctor’s negligence, you may be able to file a birth injury claim. Our birth injury attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you will pay no upfront costs or consultation fees when you work with us.
To learn how a birth injury attorney in Kissimmee could help your family, please fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today.