A Birth Injury Attorney Can Help You Fight for Your Future
When negligence or poor medical care results in a birth injury, the consequences can be long lasting and traumatic for everyone involved. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in handling various medical malpractice cases, including birth injuries, and can fight to help you and your family get through this difficult time. If your child was injured during childbirth as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, a birth injury attorney from our team in Ogden, UT, can review your case and help you seek justice for the damages you and your child have suffered.
Types of Birth Injuries
There are a number of ways that infants and mothers can be injured during the birthing process.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
The grouping of nerves located at the shoulder is known as the brachial plexus. These nerves are responsible for arm and hand movement. If an infant’s shoulders become lodged in the pelvic bone (shoulder dystocia), or if a doctor or midwife uses too much force or an incorrect technique to pull the baby, the brachial plexus can become damaged, leading to permanent personal injury. One of the most common resulting injuries is Erb’s palsy, which causes weakness or total paralysis in the affected arm.
The pressure placed on an infant’s face during childbirth can lead to nerve damage in the face. The most common cause is a doctor’s or midwife’s use of forceps or a vacuum to pull the baby.
Brain injuries are an unfortunate, yet common occurrence during childbirth. Lack of oxygen, even for a few seconds, can cause irreversible damage. The most common causes of oxygen deprivation are issues with the umbilical cord, leaving the baby in the birth canal for too long, and improper monitoring after delivery. Brief oxygen deprivation can cause learning disabilities as well as mobility issues. Cerebral palsy is one of the more common injuries to result from oxygen deprivation. Children with cerebral palsy may lack muscle tone, have poor reflexes and lack coordination, and struggle to communicate.
The pressure placed on an infant’s face during childbirth can lead to nerve damage in the face. The most common cause is a doctor’s or midwife’s use of forceps or a vacuum to pull the baby. This nerve damage can cause paralysis on either side of the face. In some cases, the effects may dissipate within several weeks. Other children are left with permanent facial paralysis.
Other Birth Injuries
Several other types of birth injuries are possible, many of which do not cause permanent damage. Fractures are one of the most common injuries, but they often heal quickly. Cephalohematoma, or cranial bleeding, usually results from the use of forceps or a vacuum. Although it clears up eventually, it does increase an infant’s risk for other complications. During a consultation, our attorneys can discuss injuries you or your child sustained and help you understand if you may have a case to pursue.
Consequences of Injuries at Birth
Birth injuries can have lifelong consequences for children, and the parents face a lifetime of medical expenses to ensure their child has appropriate care. Children often suffer both physical and intellectual disabilities, which require extensive care and treatment on a regular basis. The stress that these injuries cause can lead to extensive emotional suffering and stress as a result.
Why Experienced Legal Representation is Critical
Medical malpractice cases for birth injuries are difficult to navigate, and you should not face them alone. It is essential that you seek experienced legal counsel. At Gridley, Ward & Hamilton, our attorneys can investigate your case to gather proof that the doctor, nurse, or midwife acted negligently. Because these injuries often require a lifetime of medical care, our attorneys work with financial experts who can accurately estimate your child’s future medical expenses. We can also pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages, and your mental anguish.
Protect Your Future
Birth injuries can have life-changing, permanent consequences for babies, mothers, and their loved ones. If you or or your child were injured during delivery, contact our law firm online or call (801) 621-3317 today to meet with one of our attorneys.
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