The Tragedy of Birth Injuries

On behalf of Friedman, Schuman, Applebaum and Nemeroff, P.C. on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Though nobody deserves to suffer because of medical malpractice, it is especially heartbreaking when the victim is an infant. Delivering a baby is an incredibly delicate procedure for the health of both mother and child. A careless mistake by any of the medical professionals involved in the birth cause the death of the infant, or a lifetime of severe disability.

Among the most common types of birth injuries caused by medical negligence, there are:

  • Brain injury caused by being cut off from oxygen during birth
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy, which is nerve damage affecting the arm
  • Wrongful death

These and other birth injuries are most frequently caused by the following forms of malpractice:

  • Failure to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner
  • Misusing surgical tools like forceps and vacuums
  • Medication errors during labor
  • Failure to notice fetal distress caused by compression on the umbilical cord or the fetus choking on the cord

If your child is disabled as the result of a birth injury, he or she could require intensive medical and rehabilitative care, along with assistance with everyday tasks, for the rest of his or her life. These are very expensive services. Your family should not have to pay if the disability is due to a medical professional’s negligence.

At the same time, it is important to remember that proving medical malpractice is frequently highly technical and difficult. No matter how seemingly straightforward your case might seem, your best chance of a successful outcome is to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney representing you.

Written on behalf of Friedman Schuman. Contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.