The birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyous time for the expectant parents and the entire family. Sometimes, however, births do not go as planned, often with disastrous results. Childbirth is already a tense and scary process for many expectant mothers. You worry about the health of your unborn child, you worry about possible complications for yourself, and you worry about what will happen to your spouse and other children should something unexpected occur.
At LawMD, we have attorneys that are also doctors. We know firsthand how patients and their families must endure a range of emotions when something goes wrong during labor or delivery. We understand that a birth injury can affect a family forever. When a new life is shortened due to a doctor’s mistake, or a child’s health is seriously compromised by errors during labor or the birthing process, parents and other family members deserve answers, support, and compassion. We offer all of these things, and we also offer the dedicated legal guidance and representation you need and deserve.
Birth injuries can range from mismanaged labor that results in short-term complications to catastrophic mistakes that leave a child with permanent and serious disabilities. In the most horrific cases, a child dies due to a doctor’s mistake during labor or childbirth.
At LawMD, our experienced attorneys handle a full range of birth injury cases:
Neonatal birth injuries
Medication mistakes during childbirth
Improper induction of labor
Premature rupture of membranes
Many birth injuries occur due to inadequate fetal monitoring, a doctor’s failure to recognize fetal distress, and delays in life-saving cesarean sections. The tragedy of birth injuries is that most are preventable. And in many cases, mothers instinctively know that something is wrong but have their concerns and questions ignored by doctors, nurses, and medical staff.
At LawMD, we know that childbirth is by no means a risk-free process. Although the majority of births are, thankfully, uneventful, a growing percentage of births in the United States result in some form of birth injury. Because we have lawyers who are also doctors, we know firsthand how a birth injury can impact the entire family, including siblings. A birth injury changes life for everyone involved, saddling families with emotional and financial burdens they should not have to bear.
Traumatic birth injuries include various types of injuries that occur during labor and delivery. Here are several of the most common traumatic birth injury cases we handle:
Birth injuries can leave a child with long-term disabilities, such as developmental delays, seizures, tremors, poor motor skills, vision and hearing loss, and behavioral problems. Although medical insurance may cover some types of therapy for these children, many families max out their health care benefits well before their child completes elementary school.
Traumatic birth injuries also frequently take a toll on parents. In many cases, mothers who have experienced birth trauma also experience various degrees of mental distress, which can include post-traumatic stress disorder. According to recent research, PTSD among new mothers is more common than previously thought, with up to 17 percent of postpartum women suffering from the disorder.
Birth injuries are a form of medical malpractice. These are incredibly complicated cases that require medical knowledge and decades of experience in the courtroom. Because birth injuries involve a child and, therefore, a lifetime of care, the damages are often in the millions. Putting a value on a lifetime of diminished capacity and loss of earning potential is a complex task.
As a parent, you want to make sure your baby receives the most support, care, and resources he or she can get. You may need to plan for decades of medical care, surgeries, therapy, and medications. It takes highly skilled birth injury lawyers to make sure your child receives the maximum amount of compensation available.
At LawMD, we advocate for those who often can’t advocate for themselves. After a birth injury, many parents go into survival mode. They have more stress and responsibilities than they can handle, caring for a child who has special needs or who must spend time in the NICU. On top of this, many parents must balance obligations at work as well as tend to other children at home.
It’s not surprising, then, that a large percentage of parents develop depression and other mental disturbances after enduring a traumatic birth. Many mothers develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes it difficult for them to function in their everyday lives.
No one should have to endure the trauma and heartbreak of a birth accident. If you lost a child during childbirth due to a doctor’s negligence, our lawyers are here to help. If you or your child suffered an injury because a physician, nurse, or hospital failed to deliver the appropriate level of care, we want to hear from you. Our birth injury lawyers are recognized throughout the nation as leaders in the field of birth injury litigation.