Louisville Birth Injury Attorneys
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 and Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a condition involving impaired muscle coordination and other disabilities that is typically caused by birth injuries. There are 4 types of cerebral palsy:
- Monoplegia, in which only one arm or one leg is affected;
- Hemiplegia (or diplegia), affecting one arm and one leg on the same side of the body;
- Triplegia, in which either both legs and one arm or both arms and one leg are affected; and
- Quadriplegia, affecting both arms, both legs, and in most cases, the trunk and muscles that control the tongue, mouth, and windpipe.
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain injury, either while the fetus is developing in the womb or during labor or delivery. If your child has cerebral palsy, or any other serious birth injury that you believe was caused by medical negligence, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC for a consultation. You pay us no fees until we win or settle your birth injury case for you. Call 800-937-8443 for more information.
- Birth Injury Information from Merck Manuals
- Brachial Plexus Injuries Information Page
- Infant Health Info from the CDC
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