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Birthing Injuries should be addressed with compassion
Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events you will ever experience. During pregnancy, your priorities, values, and expectations can shift quite dramatically, in preparation for a new child. The months of discomfort, emotional turbulence, and bodily changes are a feat all their own, but to see your new born child for the first time often makes the sacrifice worth it. However, not all birthing stories end in happiness and excitement. There are circumstances where the baby or the mother is physically injured during childbirth due to the negligence and carelessness of medical professionals charged with the duty to care for their patients.
Birthing trauma and injury can cause a lifetime of pain and problems, for both mothers and infants. Our team of birthing trauma and injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. know your legal rights. While we are dedicated to getting you the maximum amount of compensation possible, we will also work to help you find recovery solutions, so you and your loved ones can regain a sense of normalcy and independence.
We know how costly the lingering effects of birth trauma and injury can be to treat. Compensation can help you or your child get the best care possible, allowing consistent and thorough rehabilitation which can make a significant difference in quality of life.
Types of Birthing Trauma
Each year in the US, about 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries. According to the Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project (HCUP), more than 150,000 potentially avoidable injuries happen to mothers or babies during childbirth in a year’s time. The most common types of birth injuries involve vaginal births where instruments like forceps or vacuums were used to facilitate the birth.
Other causes of birth injuries and accidents may include, but are not limited to:
- Fetal oxygen depravation
- Trauma from impact during delivery
- Premature birth
- Medical negligence
- Maternal Hemorrhaging
- Caput Succedaneum (scalp swelling in newborns)
- Cephalohematoma (head bruising from birth trauma)
- Bruising and broken bones, in some cases caused by instruments used to assist in the delivery (like forceps)
- Bell’s Palsy (damage to the baby’s facial nerve that happens during birth)
- Brachial plexus injury
- Internal injuries to the mother due to mistakes made during c-sections, including surgical instruments left inside the body, etc.
From careless nurses to thoughtless surgeons, hospital staff can make mistakes that harm you or your child, sometimes causing chronic pain or permanent disability. This birth injury or accident can have a devastating effect on the infant, the mother, and the entire family. Worse, a birth injury may force you and your child to seek repeated hospital and doctor visits, at a time when new parents are already exhausted from caring for a new baby.
It can be difficult to bond with your child at this crucial time if one or both of you are forced to spend a prolonged period in the hospital, or are dealing with pain or disability from a birth injury. Meanwhile, the hospital’s insurance company will be trying to minimize the compensation they pay out.
Long Term Effect of Birth and Trauma Injuries
There are many types of incidents that lead to birth injuries and accidents and each one may require a different investigative approach. The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. have a team of attorneys dedicated to evaluating all aspects of a birth injury accident case from the physical evidence, medical records, and even consulting eyewitnesses.
There are many kinds of long-term effects of birth injuries and accidents. These include, but are not limited to:
Injury of back or spinal cord can lead to:
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s Palsy
- Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
- Intracranial Hemorrhages
- Traumatic birth injuries
- Fractures during delivery
- Shoulder dystocia
- Umbilical cord strangulation
Common mistakes that may lead to birth injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to diagnose and treat problems prior to delivery
- Failure to identify and plan for complicated or high-risk deliveries
- Failure to recognize and address problems with the umbilical cord
- Failure to order a timely C-section when necessary
- Failure to identify and adequately respond to fetal distress/nonreassuring fetal heart tracings
- Failure to diagnose and/or stop preterm birth
- Failure to diagnose maternal medical conditions
- Failure to properly treat excessive bilirubin in a baby
- Improper use of Pitocin or Cytotec
- Other medication errors
- Incorrect use of delivery instruments such as forceps and vacuum extractors
The birth injury and accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. will take the time to investigate the details of your case and work alongside you to determine the most advantageous legal strategy to pursue to obtain the most compensation possible for your injuries.
Birthing Trauma Liability & Damage Recovery
When a doctor or hospital is negligent, both mother and infant may be harmed, sometimes permanently. The doctor or hospital is then liable for bodily injury that happens due to their negligence. If you or a loved one have been affected by a birth injury, the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. may be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Birth injury compensation may include:
- Hospital and Other Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Costs of Future Care
Your or your hospital’s insurance company isn’t worried about taking care of you and your family. Their goal is to save their shareholders money, not ensure you’re compensated for you or your child’s injury. If they make an offer, there’s a good chance it won’t cover all the care you or your child will need in the coming years.
Some children with birth defects will need expensive medical care for the rest of their lives. A lowball offer from an insurance company may only cover a few months of care for more serious birth defects. Never accept a settlement from an insurance company without first speaking to an experienced birth trauma and injury lawyer.
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