Recovering Compensation for a Birth Injury

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Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers discuss recovering compensation for a birth injury. Over the course of a woman’s pregnancy, the last thing the expectant mother plans for is a serious birth injury. Unfortunately, complications can occur during pregnancy and the child birthing process that can compromise the health of both the mother and the baby. Depending on the type of trauma, the baby can suffer relatively minor conditions that can be treated, to serious injuries that require life-long care. In extreme cases, the injuries can be fatal. A skilled and compassionate medical malpractice lawyer can determine whether the health care provider in charge of your care was negligent in any way and ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

In some cases, complications occur during the child birthing process that are completely unavoidable and are not a reflection of the care provided by the obstetrician/gynecologist. However, if the health care provider did not anticipate problems that are foreseeable in certain circumstances, and take the appropriate precautions, this failure to follow the standard of care would be considered negligent. The following are common causes of birth injuries:

  • Improper medication administered during pregnancy
  • Incorrect calculation of the size of the fetus
  • Infections of other medical problems in the mother or the fetus
  • Rh incompatibility
  • Failure to monitor or respond to fetal distress
  • Delay in performing a necessary C-section
  • Improper use of delivery instruments
  • Failure to provide oxygen to newborn when needed

Types of Birth Injuries

The following are examples of common birth injuries, many of which are preventable:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Jaundice that is left untreated
  • Meconium aspiration
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Bruising from forceps
  • Skull fractures
  • Cranial nerve trauma
  • Hypoxia
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Stillbirth

If your child suffered a birth injury, and you believe that the health care provider responsible for your care was negligent, you may want to consider pursuing a birth injury lawsuit. Depending on the nature of the injury, your child may require expensive, long-term medical care. While no amount of money can make up for the physical and emotional pain of the injury, the monetary damage can ensure that your family has the resources to provide the best care for your child. A medical malpractice lawyer will ensure that you receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Wrongful death

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Maximum Compensation for Birth Injury Victims

If your child suffered a serious birth injury while under the care of a medical professional, and you believe that negligence was involved, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will determine whether the birth injury occurred because your health care provider failed to follow the standard of care. Our skilled and experienced team will protect your rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent medical malpractice victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.