When the Joy of Birth Turns Into the Horror of Medical Malpractice
Advocating on behalf of birth injury victims in Lexington and throughout Kentucky
28,000 children a year are born with a birth injury – and that number does not even include the mothers affected by birthing injuries and accidents. Unfortunately, preventable medical malpractice is often the cause of birth injuries that occur before, during, or after labor and delivery. Medical mistakes leave your family devastated, wondering how to obtain proper medical care, and trying to figure out how to pay the costly expenses associated with serious injuries.
The Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law help Lexington victims of birth injuries by suing negligent obstetricians, nurses, hospitals, and other health care professionals who failed in their duty to safely deliver your newborn. Our attorneys have obtained millions in compensation due to our vast experience handling complex medical and legal issues.
Typical causes and reasons for birth injury negligence in Lexington
Birth injuries can occur at each and every stage of the birthing process. The Kentucky birth injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law have seen a full range of medical complications that cause birth injuries and the reasons doctors should have been able to prevent or minimize the problems. We know that many birth injuries in Lexington may occur due to poor channels of communication, improper training, inadequate procedures, and failure to monitor mother and child during each stage of the delivery.
Some of the common types of birth injury medical malpractice are:
- Prenatal Birth Injuries. Physicians have a duty to monitor the vital signs of the mother and child before the delivery. This includes checking and treating the mother for hypertension, infections, diabetes, oligohydramnios, and other complications. Proper screening can help identify and treat preeclampsia, HELLP Syndrome, and other medical problems. Failure to do basic tests can cause cerebral palsy and other serious disabilities. Doctors should also look for signs of fetal distress and must recognize when a C-section is necessary.
- Cerebral Palsy. A lack of oxygen to the brain can cause cerebral palsy, which directly affects a child’s muscle coordination and ability to move. Cerebral palsy may have lifelong implications, negatively affecting the ability of the newborn to walk, communicate, see, and hear. Seizures and spasms are also common in people with cerebral palsy.
- Brachial Plexus Injuries. An injury to the brachial plexus nerves often occurs when the infant’s shoulders do not successfully move through the birth canal. The child’s shoulders become lodged behind the pelvic bone of the mother. Pulling or extracting the child through the birth canal may tear the nerves of the spine and neck. Children with brachial plexus injuries may lose muscle control, and their arm might become paralyzed.
- Negligence during Labor and Delivery. Our birth injury attorneys know how important it is to monitor the delivery through Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) to check the heart rate of the child and the mother’s contractions. Failure to note fetal heart problems such as bradycardia can cause brain damage. Remedies doctors should use include moving the mother, making sure there is enough oxygen, and delivering the child in a timely manner.
- Improper Medication Administrations. The lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law review which drugs were administered, what dosages were given, and whether fetal distress was caused by Pitocin or antibiotics.
- Improper Use of Forceps and Vacuum Extractors. Physicians who use medical devices to help extract the fetus must do so properly. Negligent use of these tools, including forceps and vacuum extractors, can cause nerve damage, broken bones, bruising, or brain damage.
- Postpartum Negligence. Both the mother and child should be properly monitored after the delivery takes place to avoid postpartum negligence. This includes checking the mother for high blood pressure, eclampsia, seizures, infections, and strokes. The infant should be checked for seizures, nerve damage, and infections. One complication can cause a birth injury that lasts a lifetime. Common tests include urine samples, blood tests, and Apgar scores.
Not all birth injury complications are readily apparent. If you suspect you or your child was injured during the birthing process, you need to be monitored afterward for signs of complications. You may also wish to consult with a Lexington birth injury lawyer for more information about your legal rights. Delay can defeat or hurt your case; our lawyers work quickly to review the medical evidence to examine if you have valid medical error claim.
Crandall & Pera Law helps Lexington families who have suffered a birth injury
If a mother or child suffered a birth injury, the Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law want to help you as we have helped so many others obtain what they need to keep their families safe. You need an advocate on your side who knows birth injury law, empathizes with your pain, and fights for your right. Please contact our Lexington office at 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form for an appointment today.
Crandall & Pera Law’s Lexington office is located at 101 Prosperous Place, Suite 360, Lexington, KY 40509. We are available Monday through Friday, but please feel free to call anytime, day or night.