Nurses, doctors, midwives and other medical professionals have an ethical and moral obligation to uphold the standard of care needed to safely bring a newborn into the world. Serious consequences such as catastrophic injury, permanent disability or even wrongful death can occur due to negligence, wrongful acts and medical mistakes during the baby’s birth. Medical professionals are properly trained to respond quickly, appropriately and efficiently when there are complications during the birthing procedure. If a mother and/or baby do not receive the correct preventative diagnosis or adequate care before or during childbirth, the birth can be in jeopardy.
Some of the most common types of injuries related to birth trauma include:
- Cerebral palsy – Impaired movement and motor function due to brain injury from a difficult birth that may be related to loss of oxygen, head trauma, meningitis or infection.
- Brachial plexus (Erb’s Palsy/Klumpke’s Palsy) – When the network of nerves that go from the spinal cord to wrist, fingers, arms and shoulders is torn from the spinal cord.
- Brain injuries – Often result from oxygen deprivation that can cause major and permanent brain trauma.
- Wrongful death of mother and/or baby – Conditions such as placenta previa, placental abruption, uterine rupture and preeclampsia are all incidents that can occur during birth that may lead to the wrongful death of the mother and/or baby if left untreated or not properly attended during birth.
According to reports, between two and four of every 1,000 births result in some form of brain damage due to lack of blood and oxygen to the brain. The lack of oxygen during labor results in cerebral palsy 23% of the time.
The personal injury lawyers of McNicholas & McNicholas have the experience, professionalism and resources to help if you or a loved one has experienced trauma before, during or after childbirth. Our attorneys have had success in handling large insurance companies and major medical industries and will make sure you receive the compensation you need so you and your family can focus on the recovery process.
McNicholas & McNicholas has won multimillion dollar lawsuits for victims of medical malpractice. We understand that compensation cannot take back the moment of happiness for you and your family that the healthy birth of a baby should bring – but it can help ease the financial burdens you may have, including years of ongoing medical treatment, therapy and additional surgeries you or your baby may need. We accept birth cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that a fee is not paid until there is recovery on our client’s behalf. We will offer our extensive services to research, counsel and litigate your case so that you may have recompense for your suffering. For more information on how we can help you through this difficult time, contact us today at 866.664.3055.