Birth Injury Lawsuits
We understand that caring for a child who requires additional help and resources can be emotionally and financially challenging. Our goal is to provide each of our clients personalized service and battle aggressively for you and your child.
For more information please see below regarding types, symptoms and causes of birth injuries, or visit our dedicated birth injury page at SupportForMyChild.com.
If your child suffered an injury at birth and was diagnosed with one of the following, please call us today. We’re here to help.
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Horner’s Syndrome
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Birth Injury Symptoms
Evidence of a birth injury may appear very soon after birth, but in some cases, symptoms may not become apparent until months or even years have passed. If a brain injury occurred at birth, symptoms may not appear for months or even longer. Usually symptoms of a brain injury from birth come in the form of physical or cognitive developmental delays.
Immediate/Early symptoms of Birth Injuries
- The baby requires resuscitation right after birth
- Limp and unreactive to sights and sounds
- Abnormal movements or seizures
- Weak cry
- Need for body or head cooling
- Severe bruising
- Skull fractures
- Brain bleeds
- Signs of organ dysfunction, especially the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver
- A lack of interest in feeding or difficulty feeding
Physical Symptoms of Birth Injuries
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Weakness or paralysis in the arms or legs
- Difficulty or inability to:
- Roll over
- Sit up
- Hold or grasp objects
Cognitive Developmental Delay Symptoms of Birth Injuries
- Difficulty remembering and processing information
- Behavioral problems
- Trouble controlling impulses
- Struggling to regulate emotions
- Difficulty communicating and playing with others
- Learning disabilities
This list is not exhaustive. If you have concerns about your child’s health you should consult a doctor. Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose a birth injury.
Causes of Birth Injuries
There are several different situations where mistakes or oversights by medical staff can result in a baby being injured at birth. The following is a list of potential causes for birth injuries:
- Delayed Delivery – ‘Prolonged labor’ or ‘Failure to progress’ are terms used to describe labor that has lasted longer than normal. When there is a failure to progress during the active labor phase of a delivery, it can lead to oxygen deprivation issues for the baby. In a situation like this, the condition of the baby and mother should be assessed to determine whether or not medical intervention is needed. If the delivery doesn’t begin to move along, a C-section often becomes necessary to get the baby out, and help avoid any permanent issues related to a prolonged labor. If actions like these are not taken, or are taken too late, it can cause irreparable harm to the baby.
- Excessive Pitocin & Pitocin Overdose – Pitocin is a drug used to induce labor and/or to strengthen contractions in a labor that has failed to progress. However, it can be dangerous to both mother and baby if administered incorrectly. Patients receiving Pitocin must be monitored by highly trained medical staff. If the mother is hypersensitive to Pitocin or too high of a dosage is given to a patient, it can cause hypertonic contractions which can be extremely dangerous for the baby. These contractions can last longer or occur more frequently than a normal contraction. Since blood flow to the placenta stops or slows down during a contraction, contractions that last too long or are too frequent can deprive the baby of oxygen and lead to fetal distress.
- Inadequate Fetal Monitoring – Doctors and medical staff use electronic fetal monitoring to keep track of the health of the baby through the birthing process. It allows them to see how the baby is responding to contractions and whether or not the baby’s heartrate is staying within a normal range. Proper monitoring of the baby allows staff to intervene in an instance when it is necessary. Failure to do so could lead to serious or permanent injuries to the baby.
- Forceps/Vacuum Assisted Delivery – If a vaginal delivery has failed to progress, doctors might choose to use a vacuum or forceps to help move the baby down the birth canal. Both devices carry a risk and should be used only by an experienced professional. Excessive pressure or twisting while using forceps could lead to serious and permanent birth injuries. Likewise, if a vacuum is used, but too much suction is applied, it can also result in bleeds and/or skull trauma to the baby.
CHILD DIAGNOSED WITH A BIRTH INJURY?
Are You Eligible for a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
The Feeney Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for those affected by Birth Injuries Fighting to keep people safe from negligence and self-interest is our passion. We are here to help make that process as simple as possible for you and your family. Call us now at 1-800-391-1637 for a FREE consultation. Don’t wait; your time to file a claim may be limited.
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