Birth Injuries

Baltimore Birth Injury Lawyer

Was your doctor responsible?

Births should be a joyous time, filled with hope and excitement, as you welcome your new child into the world. Most mothers feel nervous about what the day may bring, but they trust in their doctors and care providers to provide them with the best possible medical treatment and care for their child. In some cases, families spend what should be a happy time suffering and worrying. Due to medical malpractice and negligence on the part of the doctors, nurses, or staff, some babies and mothers may leave a birthing center or hospital with serious or fatal injuries. If you or your child has experienced a birth injury, then call our Baltimore medical malpractice attorney at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC! You deserve compensation for your loss.

There are some cases of birthing complications that are unavoidable. In these circumstances, great care is generally taken to diagnose the risks and assist a mother to ease her through the labor. Large babies, long labors, and breeched babies may all be considered high-risk labors. Sometimes, unpredictable complications develop during the course of labor that require care providers to react quickly. If your child was a victim of a birthing complication, you deserve representation to pursue compensation! Common forms of birthing injuries include:

Delivery Room Mistakes
Failure to respond quickly, to provide appropriate medical staff or expertise, and other unacceptable errors and complications can arise in the delivery room.

Erb’s Palsy
This complication arises when a baby’s shoulder gets lodged behind the mother’s pelvis. Erb’s palsy can create muscle and nerve damage that can potentially last throughout a child’s life.

Cerebral Palsy
As a common disorder affecting young children, cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage which is usually sustained during a traumatic birth. Cerebral palsy leads to motor, movement and muscle deficiencies.

Down Syndrome
While not necessarily an injury sustained during birth, down syndrome is a condition that the fetus develops within the womb. Caused by a chromosomal abnormality, Down Syndrome is usually detected in the pre-natal stages of the mother’s medical treatment, giving the parents to plan and prepare for their child accordingly. If negligence leads a doctor or nurse to miss detecting the condition, the parents may have grounds to pursue legal action for the preparation time that they were robbed of.

Fetal Acidosis
Being deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery can increase acidity in the unborn baby’s blood. This is preventable with proper care.

If the body is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, a baby may experience hypoxia, which can lead to complications and delays in brain development as well as general body developments. This decreased oxygen supply is a serious condition that requires immediate attention.

Meconium Aspiration
Meconium aspiration occurs when a baby breathes amniotic fluid and meconium (feces) into their lungs. Diabetes, decreased oxygen, and prolonged labor can all be factors in this condition.

Misread Sonograms and X-Rays
Misread sonograms can lead to serious, undiagnosed, and therefore untreated prenatal complications. As one of the leading causes of birth complications, misread sonograms and x-rays can lead the medical team to overlook warning signs of birth complications, which could easily be treated if done in a timely manner.

Wrongful Death
The most devastating birth injury cases are those that result in the death of the newborn. These situations call for the immediate attention of a skilled birth injury attorney and legal action against the negligent parties responsible.

Why Do Birth Injuries Occur?

birth-injuries-lawyerCompared to just 50 years ago, labor and delivery medicine has improved in quality and technology dramatically. The chances of a successful birth for both mother and child is exponentially greater today than it was in the 1950’s, thanks to the improvements in science and the increase of medical knowledge that has been the result of those improvements. Unfortunately, those chances for success in birth are irrelevant if the patient is being cared for by a negligent or incompetent medical team.

Studies have found that the leading cause of injuries during the birth to both the mother and child are usually due to a failure to notice and respond to a birth complication. Because of the masterful imaging and testing technology that has been made available, it is almost impossible for a medical team to overlook a warning sign of a possible complication – unless there is negligence involved. There are many medical signs that point to possible complications in the birth later on. If those are noticed and addressed early on, they can help avoid any injuries or difficulties in birth. These signs are usually apparent to a reasonably careful medical professional. The most common warning signs of possible complications in birth include:

  • The size of the child – either unusually large or small
  • The small size of the mother’s pelvis
  • The child’s fetal position
  • Irregular heartbeat of the child or mother

These complications are completely treatable and the mother and child still have a great chance of successful birth, but only if they are noticed and properly addressed in a timely manner. Many instances of birth injuries are due to the failure to notice such warning signs, leaving the medical team to handle the complications during the actual labor and delivery, which puts the mother and child at a greater risk of injury.

Help Your Child By Contacting a Baltimore Malpractice Attorney!

A birth injury is one of the most devastating results of medical malpractice because it ruins the life of the child before it even begins. Infants and newborns are obviously more fragile and susceptible to serious injuries if abused or mistreated. The negligence of the birthing team can make a child’s life a nightmare when the use of reasonable care would have allowed that child to live a normal and happy life. As a result, the pain and suffering damages claimed in a birth injury case are usually larger in amount due to the lengthened period of suffering the injured child will be forced to endure.

While the child will obviously suffer the greatest loss, the parents also suffer. After nine months of looking forward to the joys of parenting and child-rearing, they find themselves faced with complications and added needs for their child. These special needs are not only expensive but also emotionally draining for the parents, who love their child and want the best life for them.

At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC, our Baltimore birth injury lawyers stand ready to fight for the health of you and your baby. If you were injured or your child suffered wrongfully because of someone else’s negligence and wrongdoing, then it is important that you work with an attorney right away. Our team of dedicated and aggressive lawyers will be ready to fight for you and your family. Contact our Baltimore birth injury lawyer today to discuss your situation and to schedule your free case evaluation now!