Birth injuries occur in over four million births a year, ranging in severity from mild bruising to the loss of a child’s life. Birth injuries suffered in the first few moments of a newborn’s life may lead to a life time of physical, emotional and financial challenges for the child and his/her family. An experienced birth injury attorney can help you get compensation for medical bills, future care for your child, the parent’s lost wages and other economic and non-economic damages.
The Medical Dictionary defines “birth injury” as impairment of body function or structure due to adverse influences to which the victim has been subjected to at birth. Birth injuries can be caused by a number of factors such as the mother’s health, if the baby was breech, placental abruption and medical malpractice and negligence.
Medical providers are responsible for providing a standard of care to pregnant women and their unborn children throughout the pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and immediately after the birth. However, while not all births go smoothly-not all birth defects or birth injuries are due to medical malpractice or negligence. But, when a child is born with a birth injury, the family can be faced with complicated, expensive and prolonged care for that child. Many parents do not know the cause of their child’s condition and oftentimes, it goes undetected for months and even years. At The Bendinelli Law Firm, we have a team of expert medical malpractice lawyers that will analyze the details of your child’s birth injury and if the injury is due to medical malpractice or negligence, and if appropriate, file a claim that will help you get your child the treatment he/she needs.
Anesthesia-related complications are the sixth leading cause of pregnancy related deaths in the United States. An analysis of anesthesia incidents showed that human error was responsible for 82% of preventable occurrences. Anesthesia-related problems are only one example of the mistakes that can be made by medical providers that cause birth injuries to children.
Birth injuries due to medical malpractice can include:
- Brain damage
- Bone fractures of the skull, clavicle, femur, humerous
- Facial Paralysis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Palsy/ Erb’s Palsy (caused by pulling on the baby’s arm during delivery)
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
- Preventable birth defect cases
- Shoulder dystocia
- Injuries to the mother
- Vision loss / blindness
- Nerve injuries
- Failure or delay in performing C-section delivery
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose (preeclampsia)
The birth injury attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm have the compassion, knowledge and experience necessary for these complex and difficult cases. We tell our clients-we want you to concentrate on the important things: taking care of your child and family, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the doctors, medical experts and insurance companies.