Birth injuries may be caused by the negligence of physicians, obstetrical nurses or other medical professionals or hospital staff. Some birth injuries are unavoidable, but medical errors are a causal factor in a number of birth injuries. Birth injuries and fetal demise occur in some cases because medical professionals fail to properly respond to signs of fetal distress, fail to timely perform a necessary cesarean section or make other critical errors.
Birth injuries that may result from medical negligence include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb's palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries (complications from shoulder dystocia)
- Birth defects
- Brain damage
- Fetal demise (death)
If you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Laurel about a birth injury, contact McGowan & Cecil, LLC at (301) 761-2007. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation.
What Are the Causes of Birth Injuries?
Unfortunately, many birth injuries are caused by negligence, meaning they could have—and should have—been prevented. When obstetricians, nurses, delivery room doctors, midwives, and other medical professionals fail to provide a standard duty of care, the results can be devastating for unborn babies, newborns, mothers, and entire families.
Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Prolonged labor/delayed birth
- Failure to order a timely cesarean section (C-section)
- Failure to monitor fetal vital signs
- Failure to properly address fetal distress
- Failure to address breach presentation, umbilical prolapse, and other complications
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor
The vast majority of fetal birth injuries are caused by oxygen deprivation before, during, or immediately after birth. Doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health care providers are trained to recognize signs of oxygen deprivation and fetal distress and should quickly and properly respond to it. However, this does not always happen. In some cases, this may constitute medical negligence or malpractice.
These are very complex cases; it’s important that you work with an experienced birth injury lawyer who can help you determine if you have grounds for a claim. Contact us today to learn more.
Providing You With Experienced Representation
It can be infuriating when your child has been injured and you cannot get answers. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are carefully trained to anticipate the possibility of lawsuits and watch what they say very closely. You are not likely to get a candid answer to your questions if medical mistakes have caused serious or fatal injury to your child.
At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, we understand that medical malpractice claims are extremely challenging. Our Laurel birth injury attorneys have more than 120 years of combined experience and have represented many clients in medical malpractice claims. We carefully screen cases and only take cases when we feel we can make a difference for our clients.
Once we choose to take a case, we invest considerable time, effort, and resources to build a strong case for the client we serve. We seek maximum compensation for victims of medical negligence. You can rely on us for the skilled and knowledgeable representation that is essential in medical malpractice claims.
Reach Out to Our Birth Defect Attorneys in Laurel
McGowan & Cecil, LLC serves clients throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. We handle all medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis, so our clients would not have to worry about legal fees until we recover their compensation.
To schedule a free consultation with a Laurel birth injury attorney at our firm, call (301) 761-2007 contact us by email.
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