Welcoming a new child should be a time of joy in your family’s life. Unfortunately, negligent doctors and medical staff can make child birth a traumatic experience for many families. Medical negligence and malpractice can lead to a variety of birth injuries for your child.
To file a medical malpractice or birth injury lawsuit, negligence by a medical professional must have been the direct cause of the birth injury. If a medical professional’s performance does not meet well defined industry standards a birth injury or medical malpractice lawsuit is in order. The birth injury experts at Washington Law Center can determine if your case is valid.
Our team of experienced attorneys will be able to determine if your doctor or nurses took proper care of your child during delivery. We can then assess the amount of damages that you and your family may need for what could be a lifetime of challenges for the injured child. Families can look to advocates at Washington Law Center to recover proper compensation for physical therapy, special schooling, and other care needed for a child injured at birth.
The attorneys of Washington Law Center understand that your family should not have to worry about the financial burden that will accompany a birth injury. We feel it is imperative that you be able to focus your attention on what matters the most. It is our priority to fight vigorously for you, your family and your child to ensure that they will have access to everything they’ll ever need.
As always, we offer a no fee promise where if we fail to recover compensation on your behalf we do not charge you anything.
Delay in Ordering a Ceasarian Section(C-Section)
If your child is suffering from fetal distress an emergency C-section may be ordered. This can occur when your child’s heart rate slows as a result of the bleeding from placental abruption, a drop in the mother’s blood pressure or other delivery problems.
If your delivery team failed to recognize that the mother needed to have a C-section delivery, their negligence may cause them to be liable for the injuries to the mother and child.
Improper Forceps Use
If a child isn’t properly positioned in the womb or the mother is having some difficulty delivering their child, the attending nurse or medical professional will use forceps to help the child through the birth.
If the forceps are used improperly they can induce fetal distress and increase the child’s risk of oxygen deprivation (both of which have been linked to cerebral palsy and other birth injuries). Improper forceps use can also lead to nerve damage in the neck or chest and other less severe injuries to the head.
Improper Vacuum Usage
If the mother is experiencing difficulties pushing out the fetus from the birth canal, a vacuum may be used to help. The vacuum is latched onto the baby’s skull or shoulder to help guide him or her through the birth canal. If the doctor or nurse that is responsible for placing the vacuum on the infant does so improperly it can lead to severe birth injuries for the child and cause health problems for the mother.
Hypoxia is a condition where the child’s brain is not receiving the proper amount of oxygen. This is caused by an infection or damage to the placenta. Often times this leads to a tangled umbilical cord. Medical professionals are trained to detect Hypoxia in advance. There are defined steps to be taken when this condition is present during childbirth. Hypoxia can lead to mental and physical disabilities for your child.
Birth injuries are caused by negligence or medical malpractice that occurs during the delivery itself. Birth injuries occur in 5 out of every 1,000 child births in the United States.
Birth defects involve harm caused to the baby prior to birth. Birth defects are the result of issues that develop during the pregnancy.