United States Birth Injury Attorneys

Top Birth Injury Lawyers In Your Area

Lawyers in the U.S. for Injuries Caused by Negligence During Labor and Delivery

On an average day in the United States, more than 10,000 babies are born in medical facilities throughout the country. In the vast majority of cases, the attending physicians and nursing staff are fully prepared and equipped to help mothers and infants through the process and to manage the complications that can arise. Sometimes, however, doctors and nurses make mistakes during labor and delivery that can cause babies and their mothers to suffer serious and permanent injuries. Such errors can even be fatal to the child or the mother.

The legal professionals listed on the Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyers directory understand how devastating a birth injury can be to a family. When the injury occurs as a result of medical malpractice, the situation can be even worse. If you or your child suffered injuries during the delivery process, a top attorney in your area can help you hold negligent medical professionals accountable for the losses you have endured.

Common Birth Injuries Linked to Malpractice

A medical professional has a duty to provide care to patients in accordance with the prevailing standards in the practice of medicine. The definition of this standard varies slightly depending on the state, but in general, the prevailing standard is the level of care that a competent physician, nurse, or facility would provide under similar circumstances.

The prevailing standard of care is especially critical during childbirth. A doctor or nurse who fails to monitor the situation properly could place the mother and child in serious danger. Medical professionals must also be ready to respond to changes or complications that can arise quickly in the labor and delivery process. Some of the most common injuries that are caused by mistakes during childbirth include:

  • Brain injuries: A child may suffer trauma to the head and brain if proper procedures are not followed or tools are used incorrectly during delivery. Brain damage can also occur due to oxygen deprivation, which can be caused by untreated infections, a wrapped umbilical cord, or meconium aspiration. Brain injuries at birth often lead to cerebral palsy.
  • Brachial plexus injuries: The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that run from the spinal cord through the shoulder to the arms and hands. Excessive pressure on the baby's head, neck, or shoulders—including shoulder dystocia—can damage the brachial plexus and cause conditions such as Erb's palsy.
  • Preeclampsia: A pregnant mother with high blood pressure can put her child at risk for a variety of serious complications. These include stroke, seizure, detached placenta, cardiovascular disease, and organ failure. The child and the mother may be in danger if the condition is not diagnosed or addressed.
  • Bone fractures: If the delivering doctor uses excessive force to deliver the baby, the baby could suffer breaks in his or her arms, legs, scapula (collarbone), or other bones. The improper use of tools such as forceps and vacuum devices can cause skull fractures and brain injuries as well.
  • Infections: Safety protocols at the hospital and among the medical team are designed to prevent infants from infections caused by bacteria and viruses after birth. If the team does not follow these protocols, or a physician fails to identify, diagnose, or address such infections, the child's long-term health could be jeopardized.

Contact a Top Birth Injury Attorney

To learn more about securing compensation for birth injuries caused by medical negligence, contact a Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyer in your area. Most top birth injury attorneys offer free initial consultations, and some do not charge any legal fees unless you recover damages for the losses you have suffered. Call and make an appointment today.

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