The birth of a child is supposed to be a celebrated and magical time of a parent’s life. Unfortunately, this joyful time can quickly shift when a tragic and unnecessary injury occurs at birth. While some birth injuries may cause minor injury, many birth injuries due to negligence or malpractice result in permanent and significant physical or cognitive deficit. In addition to injury to the baby, injuries at birth can also affect the mother. A Philadelphia birth injury lawyer will advocate for your family when a birth injury occurs, and fight for fair compensation for these injuries.
Types of Birth Injuries for Infants
A Philadelphia birth injury lawyer can assist your family with medical malpractice or negligence that results in birth injuries such as:
Spinal cord injury – these injuries are often significant and can result in life-long impairments
Perinatal Asphyxia – this injury is caused when the infant does not receive enough oxygen during labor and can result in irreversible neurological impairment and loss of cognitive function.
Facial Paralysis – damage to the infant’s facial nerve, resulting in paralysis. While sometimes this can heal on its own, permanent damage can also occur
Brachial Plexus Injuries – injury to the bundle of nerves that run from the upper spine and down through the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand. While mild or temporary impairment may occur, approximately 10% of these injuries result in permanent disability.
Maternal Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can also affect the physical and emotional health of the mother. A birth injury lawyer can help if you have sustained a maternal birth injury such as:
Physical Birth Injuries – Undiagnosed or improperly managed conditions during pregnancy – such as preeclampsia, diabetes, or infection – can result in trauma to the mother during the delivery process. These unnecessary traumas may result in excessive hemorrhaging, organ failure, a total hysterectomy, or even maternal death.
Mental Injuries – Mothers who endure birth traumas are more likely to experience depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These mental injuries can interfere with bonding with the infant or the mother’s ability to care for the infant. Medication and therapy are sometimes needed to assist the mother through an unnecessary birth trauma.
How a Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
Frequently, common birth injuries can be prevented with qualified and conscientious medical care. A birth injury lawyer can help your family identify whether an infant birth injury may be due to malpractice or negligence. Typically, a birth injury lawyer will request medical records to review. Additionally he will meet with you and any witnesses that were in the delivery room when the injury occurred. Therefore, it’s recommended that as soon as possible after a birth injury occurs, that you or a representative write down the recollection of events leading up to the birth injury. If it appears that there might be evidence of malpractice, the medical staff may also be deposed to provide statements. A birth injury lawyer may consult an expert witness with extensive experience in obstetrics to review the medical information and provide an opinion or testimony regarding the appropriateness of care provided.
Taking the First Step
By contacting a birth injury lawyer, you can take the first step in pursuing fair compensation for the pain and devastation caused by an unnecessary birth injury. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC, will take the time to listen and review your unique situation and provide the skilled advice that you need to take action.
To speak with a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC, call us today at 215-666-0402 for a free, no obligation consultation.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice.