Was Your Child Born with a Brain Injury?
Birth Injury Lawyers Representing Parents and Children
Childbirth is a critical moment for the development of a newborn’s brain. The interruption of oxygen-rich blood can lead to severe brain damage and even death to an infant. When doctors, nurses or hospitals fail to follow proper protocol, preventable mistakes can occur. These medical errors can cause a severe birth injury or brain injury to a child who should have been born a healthy baby.
Our birth injury lawyers at the law firm of Farrell & Patel are committed to guiding families in the aftermath of medical negligence. Of course, nothing can change what happened. We help families improve their quality of life by obtaining the necessary funding to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation and a child’s special needs going forward.
What Causes a Lack of Oxygen to a Newborn During Labor?
For every 1,000 premature babies, 2 to 10 suffer from some form of perinatal asphyxia (no oxygen) or hypoxia (too little oxygen to the brain.) The severity of the brain injury will vary greatly. The following are some situations where medical malpractice may have caused brain injury or birth injury in newborns:
- Failure to properly medically respond to:
- An obstructed or twisted umbilical cord
- Ruptured uterus
- Trauma or separation of the placenta
- Failure to accurately respond to fetal distress or improper reading of the electronic fetal monitoring strips
- Anesthetic mistakes in surgery or caesarian section
- Improper dosage of medication during labor
- Mistakes during delivery, such as shoulder dystocia
Depending on the severity and length of the lack of oxygen during birth, a newborn infant could be born with cerebral palsy (CP), hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brain damage and/or neurological disorders.
Why Do I Need Birth Injury Lawyers?
Hospitals will not admit that their mistakes caused injury to your child. If you suspect something went wrong during labor and delivery, birth injury attorneys can review your case and send the medical records to an independent medical expert.
Have your case reviewed at no cost to you in a confidential consultation with the birth injury attorneys at Farrell & Patel. We will guide you through the process with strength and compassion.