Childbirth is one of nature's most amazing and exciting occasions. But when a medical professional is careless or makes a mistake, that joyous time can create a lifetime of problems for a child and his or her family. Injuries caused by a doctor, nurse or other health care provider can cause serious damage and/or disfigurement to a child, often leading to a lifetime of costly medical care.
Birth injuries can result from a number of events during pregnancy, labor or delivery. Common examples of doctor mistakes causing birth trauma include the following:
- Vacuum extraction of a large baby of a first-time mom
- Failure to recognize that a fetus is in distress during labor
- Failure to detect or mitigate umbilical cord complications, such as when the cord is wrapped around the baby's neck in the birth canal
- Failure to properly manage vaginal birth after C-section
Because a newborn's skull is not yet fused together, a baby who is pulled out of the mother's birth canal by vacuum extraction may suffer an injured spinal cord or brain damage. A baby who was too big for his mother to deliver vaginally can suffer a spinal cord injury if the doctor resorts to stretching him while extracting him with a vacuum device.
Many factors can contribute to a child's birth injury:
- Negligence in prenatal care
- Forceps delivery
- Vacuum extraction delivery
- Negligent fetal monitoring during labor
- Failure to detect fetal distress
- Delayed C-section
- C-section complications
- Cerebral palsy
- Placenta abruption
- Breech delivery complications
- Erbs palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Prescription drugs during pregnancy
If a medical provider whom you trusted made a mistake that caused a childbirth-related injury, the law provides an opportunity to be compensated for pain and suffering, current and future medical costs and other issues related to your son or daughter's loss of a normal life.
Gerling Law attorneys have experience with the complexity of medical issues. We will ensure a thorough investigation of your case that draws upon the expertise of medical professionals to determine who is at fault and how the injuries could have been avoided. Our attorneys will also consider how the injuries will affect your child's future quality of life and the cost of any additional care that will be needed to ensure that the compensation received is adequate and just.
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If your child has been seriously injured because of a problem in childbirth, talking to a law firm with experience in accident cases just makes sense. Call Gerling Law in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro today at 812-266-9051 or complete the free case review form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling.