Birth Injury Medical Malpractice
Birth injury medical malpractice is the result of negligent or careless behavior on the part of a medical professional. Mistakes that occurred before, during, or after labor may have caused long-term injuries to you or your child. If your family has been affected by a birth injury, call the Birth Injury Center to find out how you can receive compensation to cover medical expenses related to your injuries.
Medical Negligence That Results in Birth Injuries
Birth injury medical negligence can occur during your pregnancy, during labor, or after your child’s birth. Familiarize yourself with the potential issues and forms of malpractice you may have experienced, and get in touch with the Birth Injury Center to discuss your options.
Medical negligence during pregnancy may involve a provider failing to diagnose or treat fetal conditions or complications related to the mother. Left untreated, these conditions place the mother and infant at increased risk of certain health complications during labor:
- Gestational diabetes
- Maternal infections
Medical malpractice during labor may include the following:
- Failure to detect fetal distress or monitor an infant’s heart rate during labor
- Failure to prevent or treat maternal tearing or bleeding, resulting in nerve damage or hemorrhaging
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum during delivery
- Excessive pulling or twisting of an infant’s head or neck during delivery
Birth injuries following labor may be the result of the following:
- Missed diagnosis of infant jaundice
- Failure to monitor an infant’s vital signs
- Failure to treat maternal uterine tears or ruptures
- Maternal death or stillborn birth
Types of Birth Injuries That Can Result From Medical Negligence
There are various medical issues that a mother or infant may experience due to medical negligence.
Birth Injuries to the Infant
Infant brain damage is one of the most common complications of birth-related malpractice and is often irreversible. It occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen—typically after being stuck in the birth canal for too long—or because of a failed vacuum or forceps delivery that injured the skull and brain.
Brain damage that occurs at birth may not become apparent until it begins to affect a child’s physical, neurological, behavioral, or cognitive development.
Other injuries that can occur to an infant before, during, or after birth include:
- Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy
- Cerebral palsy
- Intrauterine fetal demise
- Intraventricular hemorrhage
- Kernicterus (as a result of uncontrolled jaundice)
- Periventricular leukomalacia
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Erb’s palsy (damage to the brachial plexus nerves)
Birth Injuries to the Mother
Women who suffer birth injuries due to medical negligence are at higher risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Some injuries that commonly occur to mothers due to medical malpractice include the following:
- Uterine tears
- Chronic pain
- Maternal death
Symptoms of Birth Injuries
Many families don’t know that their child suffered an injury at birth until the child begins to miss important developmental milestones or fails to keep pace with same-age peers. Your child may have experienced a birth-related injury if they exhibit developmental delays or conditions such as the following:
- Not sitting, crawling, standing, walking, or running at the same stage as your child’s peers
- Delayed speech or communication skills
- Not smiling or interacting with others
- Failing to respond to lights and sounds
- Attention deficit disorder
- Intellectual disabilities
- Vision or hearing impairments
You deserve to know the truth about your child’s condition and whether medical professionals made mistakes that contributed to it. The Birth Injury Center’s experienced team can review your medical records for signs that a birth injury may have occurred before, during, or following labor and delivery.
If there are signs that your child’s condition may have been caused by a health care provider’s negligence, we will help you fight for the compensation you deserve. It’s important to get started right away. Delaying may result in evidence being destroyed or lost over time, and you must file your claim before the statute of limitations takes effect.
How can Birth Injury Center help?
We founded the Birth Injury Center to support parents as they advocate for their children. Our team consists of birth injury lawyers, health care providers, and family members of those affected by birth injuries.
We have an in-depth understanding of birth injuries and the needs of families who are navigating the medical, emotional, and financial needs associated with them. Hospitals, medical facilities, and insurance companies are skilled at shutting down birth injury complaints, but we’re here to advocate for you.
The Birth Injury Center educates families on the signs and symptoms of birth injuries and how to file for legal compensation. We can provide answers to any questions you may have and guide you in the next steps on your family’s journey. Contact the Birth Injury Center if you think your child was injured as a result of medical negligence.
We can’t restore your health or reverse the physical damage that’s been done, but we can ease the financial burden you’re feeling and help you find peace of mind that your child’s needs will be met.