In some cases, injuries sustained by a baby during labor and delivery are immediately obvious. In other cases, however, parents may not realize their baby has suffered a birth injury until the child gets old enough to begin reaching developmental milestones.
If your baby has suffered an injury during labor, delivery, or while being cared for in the NICU or another hospital birth unit, you deserve compassion and support. A Baltimore birth injury attorney can help families devastated by medical negligence. Many of our lawyers are also medical professionals. We are well-positioned to support families grieving the loss of a child’s potential.
Contact us online or call (888) 695-2963 today to speak to an attorney about your case during a free and confidential consultation.
Birth Injury Cases We Handle
Our medical malpractice lawyers handle all types of birth injury cases on behalf of clients in Maryland, as well as in Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation. Although medical advances have made childbirth safer, human error can lead to complications.
Our lawyers have won millions for our clients in cases involving the following birth injuries:
- Emergency C-sections
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Compressed umbilical cords
- Umbilical cord prolapse
- Uterine rupture during VBAC
- Placental abruption
- Shoulder dystocia
- Meconium aspiration
- Failure to detect placenta previa, accrete, or percreta
In many cases, a birth injury causes a baby to suffer oxygen deprivation, which is called hypoxia. Obstetrical emergencies require doctors to act quickly. Often, doctors have just minutes to decide to perform an emergency cesarean or to take other measures to deliver a baby safely.
Fortunately, instances of severe brain injury at birth are rare, but these cases are catastrophic when they do occur. Parents often wonder, why us? Why our child?
At LawMD, we know that money will never replace what you have lost. Money can’t reverse the clock or change the outcome. However, compensation can help you provide your child with the medical treatment, education, therapy, and resources he or she needs to thrive.
Our physician-attorneys also help families get the answers they deserve. Sometimes, birth injuries are simply tragic and unpreventable events. In other cases, they are completely avoidable. If a doctor’s mistake or a hospital’s negligence caused your baby to suffer harm, we can help you get to the bottom of what happened so you can finally have closure.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is among the most common birth injuries in the U.S., with about 2.5 cases per 1,000 births. It can range from relatively mild CP with minimally compromised motor function to severe disability. Cerebral palsy can also occur when a child is born prematurely. Children with severe CP may be unable to function independently and may require the use of a wheelchair and other assistance. The lifelong costs associated with this type of disability are in the millions.
Families affected by cerebral palsy should not wait to speak to a birth injury lawyer. Because developmental delays and other signs of cerebral palsy are not always obvious at birth, many families are blindsided by a cerebral palsy diagnosis. Although strict statutes of limitation govern birth injury cases, don’t assume your case is time-barred. Always speak to a lawyer as soon as you become aware of a birth injury.
Traumatic Birth Injuries
Unfortunately, mistakes on behalf of the doctor or other medical professionals in the labor and delivery room can lead to catastrophic consequences for the mother and child. A traumatic birth injury is any situation wherein a child sustains a severe injury, most often to the head, as a result of a difficult or delayed labor and delivery.
In the majority of these cases, medical professionals can prevent traumatic birth injuries by performing appropriate diagnostic tests throughout the mother’s pregnancy. These tests can be used to identify any potential risks and complications.
Once these risk factors have been identified, medical professionals can provide appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, however, mistakes can and do happen—and this can have lifelong implications for the infant.
Traumatic birth injuries can be caused by situations, such as:
- Arrested labor
- Prolonged labor
- Intracranial Hemorrhages
- Cephalopelvic disproportions
- CPD injuries
- Forceps and vacuum extractor injuries
Getting Legal Help after a Traumatic Birth Injury
If you believe that you have recently given birth to a newborn who has sustained critical injuries in the labor and delivery room that should have been prevented, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim with the help of an experienced Baltimore birth injury attorney. The cost, pain, and suffering associated with coping with a birth injury can be tremendous during a time that should otherwise be celebratory.
As a new parent, it can be devastating to learn that your child has suffered critical birth injuries that may affect his or her ability to have a long and healthy life. This is why it is imperative to consult with a knowledgeable birth injury attorney immediately. If you suspect that medical malpractice happened during the labor and delivery process, you need the insight of someone who has helped clients like you before.
Partner with an attorney who understands the serious complications and complexities of a traumatic birth injury case immediately. Filing a lawsuit may be the only way to recover compensation for a doctor’s negligent behavior in the labor and delivery room.
Contact LawMD Today
If your child suffered an injury at birth, or you have lost a child due to a doctor’s negligence during labor or delivery, call the experienced birth injury attorneys at LawMD. We offer free consultations, and we are available to speak to you today.
You can reach us by phone at (888) 695-2963 or via our online contact form.