There are few things more devastating for a new parent to hear than that their child has suffered a birth injury. Families who are affected by birth injuries are left with overwhelming emotional distress as well as extreme financial duress due to the extra medical care and attention the child will need, both immediately and well into the future.
If your child was injured during, before, or after delivery, LawMD can help you explore your options to make things right. We are a nationwide law firm that includes top legal professionals who are also medical experts and physicians. We can provide your family with knowledgeable insight into your case, compassionate support, and fierce representation to pursue every last cent of compensation you and your child deserve.
If you are interested in speaking with our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers, send us a message or call (888) 695-2963 for a free consultation.
The causes of birth injuries vary. Many of the most common types of birth injuries are the result of inadequate oxygen to the brain during delivery. Almost all types of birth injuries have the potential to cause health issues for the rest of the baby’s life, though. Because so many of these injuries affect the brain, children with birth injuries often require assistance with daily tasks in addition to extensive medical care.
Some of the most common types of birth injuries are:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Forceps injuries
- Placental abruption
Delivering a baby is a delicate process that requires the expertise of skilled, careful medical professionals. Any mistakes by medical professionals during pregnancy or delivery can result in injury. The physician-attorneys of LawMD are familiar with the most common causes of birth injuries and can identify the cause in your case, as well as who is liable.
Birth injuries can be caused by:
- Inexperienced medical staff
- Inadequate equipment and supplies
- Failure to diagnose issues
- Failure to properly respond to complications
- Misuse of forceps, drugs, or other delivery aids
- C-section errors
Birth injuries can result from the negligence of people throughout a medical organization. The doctors and nurses who delivered the baby are frequently at fault for these types of injuries — one instance of negligence in the delivery room can cause a lifetime of distress for a family. The negligence of doctors and nurses can be the result of the negligence of their employers, though. If a birth injury happened because the doctor was not properly trained or did not have the necessary supplies, the hospital is liable for damages. In most cases, the hospital will be held liable anyway (rather than just the individual doctor) because they are ultimately responsible for overseeing their staff.
Other parties that may be liable in cases of birth injury include medical device manufacturers, pharmacists, and other medical professionals who cared for the mother and unborn child during the pregnancy.
Birth injuries are often debilitating or fatal. When a child survives a birth injury, they are commonly left with a condition that will affect them for the rest of their life and may require extensive treatment and care. Surgeries, medications, the use of medical devices, physical therapy, and in-home care are just some of the medical expenses that the families of birth injury victims may incur. Birth injuries can severely impact the mother as well, resulting in additional medical expenses.
Through a birth injury claim, your family can receive compensation for the extensive damage caused by a birth injury. In addition to providing compensation for the bills you have already paid, our attorneys will work to project the anticipated costs of managing injuries. It is our goal to ensure that your child is able to receive the complete care they need for the rest of their life.
A birth injury claim settlement can also include compensation for the non-economic damages resulting from a birth injury, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. We aim to hold negligent parties accountable for the full scope of damage they have caused.
At LawMD, our legal team understands how devastating birth injuries are. As medical professionals ourselves, we also understand the care that is needed to deliver a baby. We can identify the cause of your child’s injuries and anticipate the treatment that may be needed. We will work with you to ensure you are aware of your rights and will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with our birth injury attorneys in Philadelphia, complete our contact form or call (888) 695-2963.