In today’s world, healthy births are the norm. But, injuries and traumas can occur during the birth process, and when the unthinkable happens, it’s time to get help.
Birth Injuries happen to approximately 27 out of every 1,000 births in the US today. And while rare, birth injuries are one of the hardest things to deal with. Attorney Feinman realizes that birth injuries not only have physical and emotional consequences, but also place a financial strain on the child’s family. When a birth injury is caused by the negligence of a doctor or another healthcare provider, the family may be able to recover compensation for these costs through a birth injury lawsuit. Attorney James B. Feinman is here to help you. Getting results for your childbirth related injury is our top priority.
There are many reasons for birth trauma, including:
• Breech births
• Complications from cesarean births
• Premature births
• Facial nerve damage during delivery
• Constriction of blood or oxygen flow
• Head injuries from emergency extractions
If your baby has suffered an injury or trauma during the birthing process, contact us. We’ll review the case history and determine if the injury was because of malpractice or negligence, and discuss your options for compensation.
While cerebral palsy is generally caused by genetic mutations or unpreventable delivery complications, medical negligence can, in some cases, cause this devastating injury. When a medical professional’s negligence causes a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, a lawsuit may allow the family to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Medical negligence refers to a healthcare professional’s failure to meet the standard of care as determined by the medical community. If a child develops cerebral palsy as a result of any of the following, they may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit:
Failure to Monitor: Nurses and other medical professionals are responsible for making sure the infant’s condition is stable before, during, and shortly after the delivery process. This includes monitoring the child’s heart rate and oxygen levels. An abnormal heart rate may indicate that the child is not getting enough oxygen to their brain. If a doctor fails to properly monitor the child’s vital signs and intervene in a timely manner, they may be liable for any resulting injury.
Failure to Perform a Caesarian Section: When the infant lacks an adequate amount of oxygen, a C-section may be the safest way to prevent brain damage. When these problems arise, healthcare professionals only have minutes to decide on whether a C-section is necessary. If the delivery team fails to notice signs that the infant may lack oxygen, such as a change in heart rate, and the infant develops cerebral palsy as a result, the parents of the child may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Improper Medical Response to Fetal Distress: When a mother is pregnant or in the process of giving birth, medical emergencies involving the fetus (i.e. the umbilical cord is wrapped around the child’s neck) can develop. An inadequate response to the emergency may result in cerebral palsy. In these cases, the parents of the child may be able to pursue compensation for damages through a birth injury lawsuit.
Children who develop cerebral palsy may not manifest symptoms of the condition immediately; however, most children will exhibit signs of cerebral palsy before they are 18 months old.
Development delays in typical infant milestones, such as walking, crawling or rolling over, are common symptoms of cerebral palsy. To describe the part of the brain which was damaged and the types of movement which are affected, cerebral palsy has been classified into five broad categories comprising of spastic; ataxic; athetoid; hypotonic and mixed.
Attorney James Feinman has seen families struggle with the costs of providing physical therapy, special schooling and other care needed for their children. Hospitalization for birth defects alone costs the U.S. over $2.6 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Attorney Feinman realizes that raising a child with a birth injury can be expensive, and he seeks to lessen your financial burdens by holding the negligent party accountable for their irresponsible behavior. The statute of limitations in some states only allows parents a specific window of time to take legal action, so do not wait to contact Birth Injury Attorney James B. Feinman today. The initial case review is free and you have nothing to lose, so contact us today!