Birth Trauma and Birth Injuries
Has your child been injured before, during or after delivery?
Bringing a baby into the world is a time that should be exciting, joyful and empowering. While most babies are born without serious complications, some babies and mothers are injured in the birth process.
Birth injuries can be caused by a number of different factors. Some birth injuries are unavoidable; however, some injuries are preventable and happen due to mistakes made by the health professionals involved. When those injuries are the result of negligence of the health care providers, such as the obstetricians, nurses, midwives or other practitioners, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation.
Common errors that occur during the labour and delivery process include:
- improper monitoring of fetal heart rates or misinterpreting fetal heart monitoring strips;
- insufficient oxygen to the baby’s brain (hypoxia);
- delayed C-sections or improperly performed medical procedures;
- improper use of forceps or vacuum or other delivery room equipment;
- negligent resuscitation of a newborn.
Birth injuries occur to a child before, during, or after the delivery process including injuries caused by trauma. Many birth injuries are minor and correct themselves within days or weeks. More significant injuries, however, can result in lifelong disability and impairment which can take an emotional and financial toll on the family.
Birth injuries include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus & Erb’s Palsy Injury
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Fractures, including skull fractures
- Fetal and neonatal strokes
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
- Newborn Jaundice and Kernicterus
Injuries can also occur to the mother during childbirth, including severe perineal injuries which can result in pain, scarring, incontinence, along with psychological and emotional trauma. In some situations, uterine rupture can occur which can result in severe internal bleeding, and in the worst cases, death to the mother, baby or both.
Birth injury litigation is one of the most complex types of medical malpractice cases. If you are a parent and suspect that your child suffered a birth injury because of a medical professional’s negligence, it is important that you consult a lawyer who is experienced in cases involving birth injuries. We offer a free consultation with one of our experienced team of medical malpractice lawyers to review your case and to discuss your options.
When you have a legal matter and need to hire a lawyer, you may be able to pay for these services on a contingency basis. That means you only pay legal fees if you receive money because your case wins or you get a negotiated settlement. Please see our Contingency Fee section for answers to frequently asked questions and see each lawyer’s individual biography for their maximum contingency fee rates.
Please contact a personal injury lawyer today for a free initial consultation by email or by phone at (519) 672-5666. In many cases, your legal fees are deferred until a settlement is reached.