Birth Injuries may be Caused by Medical Malpractice
The birth of your child should be a joyous and momentous occasion. However, this experience can become traumatic and overwhelming if your child suffers a preventable birth injury or birth defect due to medical malpractice. If your child has been effected by a birth injury due to medical malpractice, please do not hesitate to call (215) 666-7777 to speak with Brent Wieand, an experienced Philadelphia birth injury attorney.
Birth injuries may occur when a physician fails to properly evaluate and respond to conditions during labor or at the time of birth. For example, an OB/GYN physician may fail to perform a medically necessary cesarean section or use equipment during the birthing process that causes direct injury to the child. In other cases, birth injuries may occur due to care decisions made during pregnancy, including the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Some types of birth injuries which may be caused by medical malpractice include:
- Birth Asphyxia
- Epidural Birth Injuries
- Forcep Injury / Fetal Lacerations
- Horner’s Syndrome
- Brain Ischemia
- Broken Bones / Infant Trauma
- Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Skull Fractures
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Erbs Palsy / Cerebral Palsy / Bell’s Palsy
- Neonatal Stroke
- Vacuum Extraction Injury
- Wrongful Death
Philadelphia Birth Injury Attorney
There are a variety of circumstances that can result in a birth injury or defect. However, not every birth injury is caused by neglectful medical care. Only an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine whether your child’s birth injury was preventable. If you suspect that your child’s birth defect or birth injury was caused by medical malpractice, attorney Brent Wieand can help.
The Wieand Law Firm is dedicated to representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to medical negligence. We know how to find evidence of neglectful medical care that your doctors want to hide. Upon representation, the Wieand Law Firm will carefully review your claim and work with top medical experts to prove your case in court. Our goal is to keep you fully informed throughout the legal process while securing needed support for your child.
A birth injury lawsuit is often extremely complex and may require expensive and prolonged litigation. It is important to use an experienced trial attorney with the resources, know-how and tireless dedication needed to handle complicated malpractice litigation. For a free legal consultation, call Philadelphia’s birth injury lawyer Brent Wieand at (215) 666-7777.
Preventable Birth Injuries and Birth Defects
Birth injuries that occur during labor and delivery are, in many cases, totally avoidable. Some common reasons a preventable birth injury may occur, include:
- Improper pulling and/or twisting upon an infant during delivery;
- Medication errors during the mother’s pregnancy and during labor
- Failure of a nurse or treating physician to monitor the infant properly for distress,
- Failure to schedule and perform a needed emergency cesarean surgery (C-section)
- Improper handling and use of medical instruments used to assist with the birth. This may include forceps or a vacuum extraction tool.
Sometimes mistakes occur because the physician is inadequately trained to handle difficult deliveries. In other instances, the physician may be impaired due to exhaustion, inattention or simply may be having an off day. Unfortunately, a physicians medical errors can cause permanent and severe impairments to the baby.
Contrary to what many people believe, cerebral palsy is not a disease – it is brain damage that is often caused during pregnancy or birth. It can also be caused in young children after a head injury. Cerebral palsy can be caused by the deprivation of oxygen during labor, if a baby is dropped or forcefully extracted from the womb, was injured by a medical instrument or vacuum extraction, or as a result of delayed birth (which is common in instances of multiple births). These types of injuries can contribute or cause brain damage which develops into cerebral palsy
Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus or brachial palsy and is a condition caused by nerve damage around the shoulder. It is frequently caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth. Erb’s palsy is a paralysis of the arm that will sometimes resolve on its own over time. This type of injury generally occurs during a difficult childbirth often because of fetal macrosomia. Erbs Palsy may require corrective surgery.
An Adverse Event During Childbirth May Cause Permanent Injuries
The term “adverse event” describes a harm that occurred to a patient as a result of medical care. If you received notice that an adverse event occurred during delivery, there is reason to believe that malpractice may have occurred. Often, medical providers will assure their patients that the adverse event was not due to the quality of care provided. You do not need trust this representation and have the right to investigate for yourself. If you are suspect that your child was injured or harmed during birth you should consult with an experienced attorney immediately.
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