Birth Injuries

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The birth of a child should be one of the most joyous occasions for a family. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made during this delicate process, the consequences can be devastating.

When an infant is harmed during the birthing process, injuries sustained can be permanent. Contact an experienced birth injury attorney.

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Common Forms of Birth Injuries

  • Hypoxia or Anoxia
  • Perinatal Asphyxia
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Brachial plexus
  • Caput succedaneum
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Klumpke’s Palsy

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

  • Negligence
  • Improper Use of Forceps
  • Improper use of Vacuum
  • Improper use of medications including Pitocin or Cytotec
  • Other medication or dosing errors
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress
  • Failure to address umbilical cord issues
  • Delay in ordering an emergency C-section
  • Failure to diagnose maternal medical conditions
  • Undiagnosed or untreated respiratory or blood chemistry issues in newborn
  • Improper intubation in newborn
  • Failure to recognize or treat elevated bilirubin levels can result in permanent harm

Birth Injury Help and When to Call an Attorney

If your child was injured or worse during birth, you may wish to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, medical staff, and hospital that mishandled the birth. Thomas J. Henry has handled birth injuries for more than 25 years and has helped many families get justice. Birth injuries can often be irreversible and the child may need medical assistance for the rest of their life. Do not try to go at it alone, call Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys are available to speak to you day or night, weekends or holidays.

 

 

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Your Birth Injury Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.d

Following a childbirth injury, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Medical malpractice is negligent treatment by medical providers, such as a doctor, hospital, nurse, chiropractor, therapist, or other medical practitioners. If a medical practitioner fails to act per accepted standards of practice in the diagnosis or treatment of a condition, they may be responsible for all damages that result.

Medical errors occur at a higher rate than originally believed. According to the British Medical Journal, an estimated 210,00 – 400,000 deaths each year are associated with medical errors. With an estimated 251,454 deaths in 2014 alone, medical errors would be the third leading cause of death in the United States behind only heart disease and cancer.

It is generally a good idea to start documenting. Document what exactly happened during the procedure and everything that occurs afterward. Take as many notes as you can regarding the surgery or procedure, lab results, an MRI or CT scan results. Receive a copy of your medical records and charts, too. Document the names of your doctors, nurses, surgeons, and any other healthcare professionals involved. Keeping a record and documenting these items may help your cause if a malpractice lawsuit is necessary. Our medical malpractice lawyers can assist you in collecting evidence and documenting, so it is important to contact Thomas J. Henry as soon as you can.

Usually, to make a viable malpractice case, you need to first establish the applicable standard of care that was appropriate to the circumstances. That means the level of care and skill that your doctor (or whoever harmed you) should have acted with, based on accepted medical practices in the same community. Next, you need to show exactly how the defendant deviated from that standard in treating you, and precisely how you were harmed by the provision of substandard care. In most medical malpractice lawsuits, all of these elements need to be established by a qualified expert medical witness.

Medical malpractice cases are complicated, expensive, and are invariably hard-fought. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a layperson to have the expertise necessary to prepare for a medical malpractice case. Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to pursue medical malpractice lawsuits.

The length of a medical malpractice lawsuit can vary greatly from case to case. Certain variables that affect the length of time a case can take include the complexity of the case, the willingness of the insurance company for the doctor, hospital, nurse, chiropractor, or other medical practitioners to resolve the case, and how long it takes to fully determine your damages from the medical malpractice.

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