Going to a hospital for a delivery is usually a highly emotional experience. While the soon-to-be mom and family members may have a thousand thoughts going through their heads, a childbirth injury is probably not one of them. It’s natural to trust the medical professionals around you to do the right thing for your baby’s health.
But when a doctor, nurse, or other hospital member acts negligently, your infant could suffer from major injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. In these situations, you need a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer from Shrager & Sachs. We will hold the hospital accountable for their actions and get you the justice you deserve.
According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), about 157,000 injuries to mothers and babies occurred during childbirth when they could have been prevented in 2006. Most of the injuries during natural births were caused by misusing medical instruments.
Birth injuries can cause a number of health-related issues that can leave the infant with damage to the brain. The baby may have cognitive issues or problems with mobility and physical function. The medical costs to provide the care your child will need could be high, along with the additional emotional stress.
How Do You Know If a Birth Injury Happened?
When a birth injury occurs, families may be told that there were issues during the birth. This language makes it seem like there was nothing the delivery doctors could do to prevent what happened. But if you try to ask questions and can’t get answers, the issues may have arisen due to negligence.
For example, your doctor may suggest starting infant cooling therapy after the delivery. This treatment is used on newborns who were deprived of oxygen during birth. While it can reduce the baby’s chance of developing a catastrophic injury, it may indicate that someone made a mistake in the delivery room.
Our birth injury lawyers in Philadelphia will fight for your rights no matter what. We understand how emotionally difficult this process can be, but you can get peace of mind knowing we’re doing everything to win you a favorable settlement that will help you afford medical care for your child.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Doctors that aren’t alert or responsible could cause the baby to:
- Go without oxygen.
- Get stuck during birth.
- Sustain injuries because of the incorrect use of delivery tools.
Injuries can happen at any time during the delivery process. They can go back to when the mother begins having contractions. A doctor may fail to recognize that an emergency C-section is needed, which leads to injuries in a natural birth. Some doctors may even prescribe medicine to a pregnant woman that results in injuring the baby before birth.
Birth Trauma Is Preventable
Many birth injuries are preventable because they are caused by mistakes. Doctors should know how to safely use medical instruments and have a successful birth where the baby never goes without oxygen. They should also know when certain procedures are necessary for the baby’s health. When they fail to provide this care, that’s where our birth injury attorneys step in.
Common Birth Injuries
Birth injuries may result in infant brain damage. The trauma of a delivery injury prevents the brain from getting enough oxygen, and the damage could possibly cause permanent mental or physical disabilities. Other instances of birthing injuries are bone fractures. Depending on the situation, a baby’s neck or spinal cord could be injured, as well as instances where the baby is trapped which could damage the shoulders and extremities like fingers.
Birth injuries also include the following:
- Cerebral Palsy. A neurological disorder, Cerebral Palsy, affects one’s ability to maintain balance and muscle control. A baby deprived of oxygen can get Cerebral Palsy.
- Erb’s Palsy. This injury is also known as Brachial Plexus Palsy, which affects the nerves that control arm muscles. Stretching of a newborn’s upper body can occur during birth and cause Erb’s Palsy.
- Perinatal Asphyxia. An oxygen-deprivation issue, perinatal asphyxia happens when an infant stops breathing.
- Hypoxia. Lack of oxygen during delivery is called hypoxia. Other birth complications can cause this, but it can also happen when the doctors aren’t paying enough attention to the infant.
- Cephalohematoma. Sometimes, the birth process requires tools like forceps to help deliver the baby. When these tools are used incorrectly, the infant can sustain injuries, like bleeding between the skull and the membrane underneath the skin.
- Shoulder Dystocia. A baby’s head and shoulders can get stuck in the mother’s pelvic bone, which can disrupt the birthing process and the infant can’t breathe.
Shrager & Sachs in Philadelphia will look into your case and find the cause of injury, as well as what injury occurred. After investigating the medical evidence, we can calculate your claim that can help you afford to give your child the care they need.
Shrager & Sachs Has Experience and Success With Birth Injury Lawsuits
We’ve fought for families whose babies have been wrongfully hurt in the past. Some of our successful cases are for the following reasons:
- Oxygen Deprivation. A child was deprived of oxygen for more than 20 minutes, and the settlement amount reached was $4,000,000.00.
- Spinal Cord Injury. Shrager & Sachs won $2,290,000.00 for a client who brought a case against a doctor who tore a baby’s spinal cord nerves during delivery.
- Shoulder Injury. In a case where a doctor failed to prevent a shoulder injury in delivery, the outcome was a $1,000,000.00 settlement.
Get Justice From a Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer
Mistakes made during childbirth are inexcusable. When people are responsible for harming your child, you have every right to seek legal action. We can help you navigate the complexities of a birth injury claim. We’re not afraid to go up against hospitals and make them take responsibility for medical malpractice.
When hospitals are held accountable for negligence, they will most likely take steps to ensure they don’t repeat the same mistake. They may institute certain standards or procedures to make sure babies are kept safe in the delivery room. Your claim could potentially prevent other childbirth injuries. This won’t undo the pain that you and your child have suffered, but it may be a small comfort to know that you had a say in protecting other babies.
You and your child deserve justice and to know that you’re taking steps to be able to give them the treatment, care, and medication they need. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will go over your case and so you can decide your best course of action.