The day your child arrives into the world should be the happiest day of your life. But for some families, the day turns tragic when a doctor makes a mistake. Here at Ladenburg Law, we’ve seen errors that have caused severe, life-long impact or even death.
If this story sounds familiar to you, read on to see how we can help.
A birth injury can happen just before birth, during birth, or just after birth. It’s important for doctors and nurses to monitor labor and respond to any complications. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.
Here are some examples of negligence that can lead to a birth injury:
Some of the reasons mistakes happen include communication errors, overstaffing, and faulty equipment. In most of the cases we handle, human error is a key factor. Usually, there have been several missteps that resulted in the injury.
Here are some of the most common preventable birth injuries:
Cerebral Palsy. This condition impacts muscle control and is caused by brain damage. Sometimes, it can be the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during the delivery process.
Vacuum or Forceps Injuries. Vacuum or forceps are sometimes used when delivery is stalled. These tools increase risks for both mother and baby. When errors occur, they can be severe or even deadly. Some of these injuries include brain bleeds, hemorrhages, fractures, and facial injuries.
Pitocin Dosing Errors. Pitocin is often given to women intravenously to induce labor. The medicine can start or intensify uterine contractions. Under watchful care, Pitocin can be a useful tool. Used carelessly, it’s possible to cause the baby distress or injury.
This list is by no means exhaustive.
Certain conditions increase the risk for a birth injury to occur. Some of these include:
When one or more of these situations is present, doctors and nurses must take extra measures to ensure the safety of mother and infant.
Birth injuries can take an enormous financial and emotional toll on families. Sometimes, the injuries are severe enough that the child will need special care for the rest of his or her life. Parents may need to leave their jobs to become full-time caretakers. Families may find their lives now revolve around childcare and therapy appointments. As a result, it’s not uncommon to see very large verdicts for birth injury cases.
Here are some of the damages you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
Our goal is to always win maximum settlements for our clients. Unlike other firms that push to settle out of court, we are unafraid to take our cases to trial.
You do not need to try to determine if your child’s birth injury was caused by negligence before calling us. After meeting with you, we’ll work to uncover medical records, your practitioner’s history and other facts about what happened. But, we do urge you to call us as soon as possible as you only have a limited amount of time to file a malpractice claim.
At Ladenburg Law, we only collect a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. Let us help take some of the burden off your plate so you can focus on your health and family. Call us today at 253.272.5226 for a no-fee, no-obligation consultation about your case.
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