An infant or the delivering mother can encounter birth injury during labor or delivery. This unexpected incident is devastating to a family and can result in lifelong physical and/or mental impairment. Birth injuries can also prove fatal. Birth injuries are often the result of negligence or error on the part medical staff. Parents-to-be must trust their medical team to do everything possible to ensure a safe delivery. When the hospital, medical team or doctor fails to act responsibly, parents have every right to file suit for medical malpractice.
If your baby is the victim of a birth injury, or if a loved one of yours suffered an injury during childbirth, please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
Birth injury can be caused by a multitude of negligent behavior or error before or during delivery. Common causes include:
• Substandard or negligent prenatal care • Improper use of a vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery • Delayed or improper diagnosis of fetal distress due to negligent electronic fetal monitoring • Delayed delivery or cesarean section • Premature birth resulting from a urinary tract infection or other condition that could have been treated • Failure to identify macrosomia: a condition in which the baby’s head and shoulders are too large to pass through the birth canal • Hypoxia or Anoxia (lack of oxygen) • Other errors or acts of negligence by the obstetrical team or hospital
The most common birth injuries are:
Raynes Erickson, Attorneys at Law focuses its practice on the legal representation of clients who are victims of medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, or wrongful death. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and how our litigation team can help you receive the compensation you deserve.