The birth of a newborn should be a momentous occasion in the lives of parents. A new baby strengthens the family unit and gives hope for the future. Unfortunately, the negligence or error of a medical professional can result in birth injury malpractice. There are several types of medical malpractice cases that involve injury to the mother, newborn, or both.
Our birth injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of families who have been victimized by these terrible tragedies.
Birth injury malpractice can have a devastating effect on the health of a newborn. Perhaps the physician waited too long to deliver the infant, or was careless in the delivery itself. This can result in physical injury such as fractures, bruising, or broken bones. Nerve damage can also occur when a newborn is deprived of oxygen. This can cause brain damage, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, paralysis, and other nerve-related conditions. Sometimes medical malpractice even results in the death of the infant.
The mother can also be a victim of birth injury malpractice. She may have a seizure while giving birth if an OB/GYN failed to diagnose her high blood pressure. Stroke and heart attack is also possible if pre-birth conditions are not properly monitored. Mothers can also suffer tears and fissures due to a negligent C-section procedure, or the improper use of forceps. This may result in significant long-term damage to the uterus, bladder, and other internal organs. The improper use of sutures after the delivery can also cause scarring and infection.
Emotional pain and suffering is also taken into account in medical malpractice cases. It can destroy the emotional health of a family when an infant or mother suffers injury or death. The surviving family members may experience depression or shock over the unexpected loss of their loved ones. The birth injury attorneys of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska, LLC have years of experience in successful birth injury malpractice litigation. We will help you find fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Please call our birth injury attorneys today for a consultation!