With news of eight-figure birth injury verdicts being highlighted in the mainstream media over the past few years, a growing number of current and soon-to-be parents are wondering if they too could have been the victim of a birth injury or medical malpractice throughout the monitoring and delivery of their child.
There is no question that these are difficult cases for all involved, from the judge and jury to the plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers. But there are some health issues that may signify that you have been a victim of a medical mistake.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries come in all forms and diagnoses, though some of the most common that may indicate that an unnecessary medical “slip up” caused temporary or permanent long-term damage to your child include:
- Cerebral Palsy: This condition is the result of either an insufficient amount of oxygen in an infant’s brain, or trauma to the baby’s head. Unfortunately this condition is incurable and often then leads to a plethora of medical conditions as the child grows.
- Shoulder Dystocia: Occurring in anywhere from 0.5% to 1.5% of deliveries, this complication happens once the baby’s head has been delivered, yet one of the infant’s shoulders becomes trapped behind the mother’s public bone. If the medical staff don’t act quickly, then permanent brain damage or even death may result.
- Erb’s Palsy: It’s estimated that anywhere from 2 of every 1000 babies suffer from this preventable condition which is caused by an infant’s neck being stretched to the side during what is often a difficult delivery.
- Developmental Delays: Permanent and long lasting neurological damage is often caused by a reduced blood flow or lack of oxygen to the brain, resulting in developmental delays, learning disorders, and more.
Your Child Shouldn’t Suffer Medical Mistakes
A birth injury lawsuit isn’t just about protecting your rights; it’s about protecting those of an innocent party who was potentially robbed or his or her right to having the life they deserve. Mistakes happen, but you and your family shouldn’t be left with the emotional and financial cost.
We at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter and Smith have the experience necessary to ensure that your family is properly compensated so that parents and caregivers can fully support your child and encourage him or her to grow up to be the happiest man or woman he or she can be.