It is a painful experience for parents when a newborn child suffers serious birth injuries that could have been prevented if medical providers provided the accepted standard of care. Hospitals, midwives, OB/GYN doctors, and nurses have a duty to carefully monitor both the mother and the infant and act quickly to prevent serious injuries. When they fail to do so, or actually cause injury by performing procedures improperly, we believe they should be held accountable for the damage caused by their negligence.
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, our medical malpractice attorneys understand how devastating birth injuries can be. We have dedicated our practice to helping injured people, and you can rest assured that we have the resources to thoroughly investigate and meticulously prepare every birth injury case we handle.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can result from a number of different factors, many of which are within the control of medical professionals to monitor and prevent. Common causes of birth injuries include:
- Maternal illness: Preeclampsia and intrauterine infections in the mother can cause serious injury to the child if not promptly diagnosed and properly treated.
- Protracted labor: Long and difficult labor, lasting 18 hours or more, can cause more compression than the infant’s brain can withstand. Delayed birth can cause fetal distress and elevated infant blood pressure.
- Oxygen deprivation: This is one of the most common causes of severe birth injuries, particularly injuries to the brain. Oxygen deprivation can result from a twisted or prolapsed umbilical cord, when the infant is stuck too long in the birth canal, when the placenta separates from the uterus too rapidly, and other causes.
- Physical trauma: Improper use of forceps and vacuums can cause brain damage and other injuries to the child. Physicians and midwives can also cause injuries by pulling too hard, or in the wrong way, on the infant during delivery.
Doctors have a duty to carefully monitor the health of the mother and child throughout the entire pregnancy. Nurses and doctors have a duty to diligently monitor both the mother and baby during labor and delivery, and to perform emergency C-section if necessary. When birth injuries are the result of medical negligence, health care providers may be held liable for the harm they have caused.
Types of Birth Injuries:
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Damage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Contact a Louisville Birth Injury Lawyer.
If you believe that your child’s birth injury might have been caused by a preventable medical error by a doctor or midwife in or around Louisville, contact us by phone or our easy contact form to arrange for a free and confidential consultation. We are a compassionate, family oriented law firm with highly skilled attorneys who work with clients everywhere in Kentucky.