The birth of a child is a magical experience. Two people come together to create life and start a brand-new chapter together. While it is an exciting and beautiful moment, every parent naturally has worries during birth. While most deliveries occur without any significant issues, some do not as a result of unforeseeable complications or unavoidable risks. Unfortunately, others experience injuries as a result of medical negligence.
Several things can go wrong during birth that leads to birth trauma and injuries. These injuries not only have a physical and emotional consequence, but they also lead to financial strain for a child’s family. When a healthcare professional’s negligence leads to the trauma or injuries sustained, things become even more complicated.
All births are complicated and stressful. When trauma or injuries occur due to a healthcare provider’s malpractice, the situation becomes increasingly stressful and dire. Not only are you left with even more medical bills, but the health of your newborn child is also at risk.
At Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., our team of attorneys understand the significance of these cases. Often, birth trauma and injuries lead to long-term consequences that families now have to face for the rest of the child’s life.
With over 70 years of experience, Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. understands the legal implications of birth injuries and will handle your case with the respect it requires. Through our legal experience and proficiency in the field of medical malpractice in Louisiana and Mississippi, we will tirelessly fight to secure the compensation your family deserves.
What are Birth Trauma and Injuries?
Birth injuries should always be treated with the highest level of seriousness imaginable because they can often lead to long-term consequences. When a child suffers birth trauma due to medical negligence, the family can and should hold those healthcare professionals responsible.
Some common birth injuries we have seen include:
- Broken bones (such as a broken clavicle)
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Brain damage or head trauma
- Nerve damage
- Skull fracture
- Broken blood vessels in the baby’s eyes
- Facial nerve damage due to pressure on the baby’s face
- Bleeding in the brain
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Infant death
Some of these injuries are unavoidable due to factors out of your control. However, many of them are the fault of the healthcare professionals that delivered the baby. In many cases, these providers acted without care, which leads to a baby’s injuries. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Improper use of delivery tools (forceps, vacuums, etc.)
- Waiting too long to order a caesarian section (C-section)
- Failure to use or improper use of labor-inducing drugs
- Other medication errors (improper dosage, wrong medication, etc.)
- Failure to note and address changes in the child’s condition
- Failure to diagnose during the gestation period
- Botching a C-section
- Failure to monitor the vital signs of both the mother and the baby
- Failure to recognize and treat problems before the delivery
- Improper fetal heart monitoring
- Failure to order appropriate testing during pregnancy
- Missed diagnosis on ultrasound
Birth injuries can be the result of a host of different factors, so it is crucial to contact an experienced attorney to help you navigate these situations. The attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. will carefully investigate the unique circumstances surrounding your child’s birth to deduce whether the physicians or hospital staff were negligent during birth. If malpractice was committed and was the cause of your child’s injuries, our attorneys will work diligently to hold those who caused them responsible.
You deserve the skills and years of experience our firm can offer. Our attorneys will prepare a case thoroughly and navigate the legal process efficiently to secure the damages that you and your family deserve. If your child suffered birth injuries due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, contact our New Orleans, New Roads, or Jackson office today to learn how we can help.