Birth Injuries Like Shoulder Dystocia, Brachial Plexus, Perinatal Asphyxia & Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Caused By Medical Malpractice
Here are some common birth injuries (injuries to the baby that occur at or around the time of birth) that can be caused by medical malpractice and can have serious, life-long effects on the child's health, ability to learn and grow, and mobility.
Shoulder Dystocia - Shoulder Dystocia occurs when there is a problem delivering the shoulders through after the head and the shoulder gets stretched away from the head, sometimes leading to serious complications such as an inability to use the arm. Shoulder dystocia can occur when one of the baby's shoulders is caught behind the mother's pelvic bone after the baby's head is delivered. It can sometimes be the result of malpractice when the obstetrician or other hospital providers do not follow the rules of good patient care, do not recognize this complication or do not treat it as an obstetrical emergency. Umbilical cord compression due to the baby getting "stuck" can lead to a lack of oxygen for the baby, increased acidosis and ultimately brain damage for the baby if the lack of oxygen is prolonged. Shoulder dystocia can be a very serious injury; if your child has experienced dystocia contact us right away to see if there was medical malpractice at delivery.
Brachial Plexus- Brachial Plexus is the damaging of a bundle of nerves which originate from the upper spine and go through the neck and shoulder, arm and hand. This can lead to brachial plexis palsy, a permanent nerve injury that leaves the child unable to use that arm.
Perinatal Asphyxia- Perinatal Asphyxia is a condition where the baby does not receive enough oxygen. If the baby is not delivered, perinatal asphyxia can be fatal or cause severe damage to the brain and other organs. Perinatal Asphyxia can result in cerebral palsy.
Spinal Cord Injuries- the most severe of birth injuries can be due to traumatic nerve/cord damage, meningeal tear or the use of forceps. This can cause paralysis and neurological problems.
Many birth injuries can be prevented and are caused by medical malpractice by doctors, hospital staff and system errors within the hospital. And the injuries can be devastating and permanent to a child.
What Can a Medical Malpractice Claim Do For My Child?
Medical malpractice cases can help parents with the financial burden of raising a child with special needs due to malpractice.
Raising a child with disabilities can be a full-time occupation and the direct costs can be devastating. A medical malpractice claim is about allocating the financial burden of the injury to the party that caused it. If your child has a birth injury, a financial settlement can go toward hiring the nurse that you need, getting the equipment, medication and the treatment the child needs without depleting your finances. If the child’s injury was caused by malpractice, the responsible hospital, HMO or doctors' group should be held accountable to pay for the harms they caused and for the care of the child.
What Are the First Steps to Take to Having My Birth Injury Case Investigated?
The first step is to talk with our birth injury attorney attorneys, Keith Donahoe and Frank Kearney. They have won and settled significant, complex medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries, and will help you understand the process and what goes into investigating the case. The next step is to request your child’s medical records for review. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be able to tell a lot about the case by reviewing the medical records and discussing it with specialists and medical experts (the review and investigation is at no charge to you - and we only get paid in medical malpractice cases if we win). If we believe there is a case to be made, and we can help your child and your family, we'll discuss all of that with you every step of the way.
Don't Wait! Contact Our Experienced Washington D.C. Birth Injury Attorneys Today
If you think your child has suffered from a birth injury in the D.C. area, at a hospital in D.C. or Maryland, or isn't hitting their developmental milestones, or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is important for you to get all of the information on what can be done to hold the hospital accountable, to obtain resources your child will need in the future, and to prevent this from happening to another child.
Contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers today at 202-393-3320.
But don't wait - even though we won the case that established the statute of limitations for a child's birth injury case in D.C., the sooner we get started, the sooner we can help your child, your family and you.