Kentucky Birth Injury and Birth Trauma Attorneys
Working with families whose children have suffered a birth injury
Trauma during the birthing process can result in numerous issues including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, hypoxic ischemic brain damage (“HIE”), brachial plexus injuries and even maternal or fetal wrongful death. It is important to differentiate between what type of injury you or your baby has suffered from and seek important legal advice on how to investigate further. Crandall & Pera Law offers comprehensive counsel to clients throughout Kentucky who have suffered because of long-term or permanent birth traumas. We know what to look for in the medical records, and we know how to advocate for compensation for our clients so they can build a better future for their families.
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Common birth injuries
Not every birth injury is the result of negligence. Many birth injuries are congenital in nature, meaning the baby was simply formed this way through no fault of the care provider. The type of injury can sometimes help in determining whether a birth injury is due to negligence or congenital in nature. However, the best way to determine this difference is through diligent review of the medical records, films and placental pathology results by an experienced birth injury lawyer as well as independent expert witnesses. The birth injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law can and will provide this analysis to help you and your family.
The following is a list of common birth injuries that can result from malpractice or negligence which may occur during the pregnancy and labor time frames:
- Cerebral palsy.Cerebral palsy is the most common disability, which can be caused by injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth.
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (“HIE”). If the fetus cannot receive normal oxygen to the brain during delivery, eventually severe damage to the brain will occur. If the care provider does not detect fetal distress and impending hypoxia, the brain cells begin to die through the process of ischemia. This leads to severe developmental delays and an inability for the baby to eat or provide care throughout his or her lifetime.
- Ischemic brain damage due to trauma. Contraction forces that are too severe or an arrest of descent of labor can cause tremendous pressure on the fetal head. This can lead to decreased blood flow to the brain and consequently brain damage occurs. This damage is due to the forces of labor being too extreme rather than a lack of oxygen as occurs in HIE.
- Brachial plexus injuries. When the fetus becomes trapped in the birth canal at delivery, many maneuvers are available to attempt delivery. An injury to the nerves in the neck and upper chest that supply feeling and control to the shoulders and arms can cause an inability to raise the arms and decreased movement of the elbow and hands. Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy are both brachial plexus palsies.
- Kernicterus. After delivery some babies are not able to clear bilirubin from their body appropriately. This can lead to brain damage caused by excessive bilirubin and is usually detected by signs of jaundice and lethargy in the baby. If these signs are not discovered and the excessive bilirubin not treated, this negligence will lead to severe developmental delays and lifelong brain damage.
- Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension/HELLP Syndrome/Postpartum Cerebral Angiopathy. Many medical conditions can result after delivery. High blood pressure that is not properly monitored can cause seizures and other serious effects to the mother after delivery has occurred. If signs and symptoms of various conditions are not properly monitored, this can lead to severe stroke, brain damage and even maternal death in the immediate postpartum period.
- Bleeding in the brain/ brain swelling. Excessive contractions or CPD can cause direct and severe trauma to the fetal head. This can lead to brain swelling and bleeding in the brain directly due to the negligent trauma to the fetus. If excessive labor forces are not diagnosed and the baby delivered in a timely manner, brain damage can result in severe developmental delays, strokelike deficits and Cerebral Palsy.
- Stillbirth. The most tragic of all birth traumas, stillbirths may occur if the mother and/or child does not receive the proper care during pregnancy, during labor or in the postpartum period.
Crandall & Pera Law strives to help families who have suffered a traumatic and negligent birth leading to brain damage or other birth injury. We have helped people throughout Kentucky in complex malpractice cases involving negligent prenatal care, the wrongful administration of antibiotics or Pitocin, labor and delivery negligence as well as postpartum malpractice. We look out for our clients’ best interests and provide practical advice about what we can do to try to help.
Contact us with your questions regarding birth injuries caused by negligent medical care
Birth injuries may not be evident until months after the baby is born. At Crandall & Pera Law, we offer a free case evaluation to families who suspect their children may have suffered birth trauma caused by negligence. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment at one of our Kentucky office locations. We are located in Lexington and Louisville.