The addition of a new baby is a joyous and monumental life event for a family. Unfortunately, the negligence or action of a medical professional can have tragic consequences. Otherwise preventable injuries caused by medical malpractice can devastate families, and create long-term physical and emotional trauma.
Our medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to helping birth injury victims recover from these terrible medical errors.
The delayed birth of an infant is one of the leading causes of birth injuries. Difficult labors that exceed 18 hours can cause extreme compression to a newborn’s brain. This may result in elevated blood pressure, and cause brain-related injuries and even death. Medical malpractice in these instances can occur when a physician fails to perform an emergency C-section, waits too long to induce labor, or inadequately monitors prenatal complications.
Delayed birth, a kinked or prolapsed umbilical cord, and underdeveloped lungs can all lead to a deprivation of oxygen to the brain and lungs. This may result in nerve damage, brain damage, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, paralysis, and other nerve-related conditions. Oxygen deprivation can be caused by a physician or midwife who fails to act or give proper prenatal, intrapartum, and peripartum care. They may fail to act in an emergency situation where a matter of minutes can be the difference between life, paralysis, or death.
When an OB/GYN uses improper methods to deliver an infant, it can result in severe physical trauma to both mother and child. This type of medical malpractice can occur due to the improper use of a vacuum, forceps, or C-section procedure. Physical injuries can include broken bones, bruising, laceration, rupturing of internal organs, deformity, and wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a birth injury, please call our medical malpractice attorneys for a consultation. Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska treats every client like an individual, and we are committed to helping you find a positive resolution. Our medical malpractice attorneys are honored to serve your case!