Birth Injury – Hayhurst Law PLLC
Negligent medical care during pregnancy and/or delivery can result in devastating injuries to a baby that may leave him/her with severe impairments for life. Medical errors resulting in birth injury can lead to unmanageable expenses due to multiple surgeries, physical therapy, medication, ongoing treatment and ongoing care. If you suspect your child was seriously injured at birth, we can help. We can provide information about what happened, what to look for and how to protect your rights going forward.
Common birth injuries include:
This birth injury involves damage to the bundle of nerves that run from the upper spine, through the neck, shoulder, arm and hand. Damage can range anywhere from mild and temporary to severe and permanent, with the latter accounting for 10% of cases.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Complicated deliveries are typically the cause of bone fractures in newborns. Depending on the severity of the break, your child may be suffering considerably.
Perinatal Asphyxia occurs when the newborn is unable to receive sufficient amounts of oxygen. This condition can cause labored breathing, pale complexion, seizures, coma and shock, leading to possible permanent neurological damage.
Often more severe than most other birth injuries, spinal cord injuries can be caused by traumatic nerve and/or cord damage, meningeal tear, or by the use of forceps. Paralysis and neurological problems are among the consequences of such injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Cerebral Palsy refers to several disorders that may arise after a baby’s brain becomes damaged or if he/she fails to develop properly. Sometimes, cerebral palsy occurs when an obstetrician makes a preventable mistake, injuring the child shortly before, during or after birth. As a result, the child’s movement, senses, posture, muscle coordination and intellectual abilities become compromised.
If you suspect your child has suffered a birth injury, do not hesitate to seek immediate legal counsel. The best chance of recovery is aided by early intervention and treatment. This means a comprehensive medical exam is necessary to determine the extent of the child’s injury, in addition to medical treatment and therapy. Serious birth injuries can result in substantial costs for a lifetime. If a physician, hospital or other healthcare provider is responsible for the birth injury of your child, you may have a legal claim for compensation. Helping to secure your family’s monetary situation will have a dramatic impact in the quality of care available to your child.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation. Our office passionately advocates for injured children. We are equipped with the resources and knowledge to conduct a thorough investigation of your case, provide objective information and to pursue just compensation for you and your child.