Bringing a child into the world is a moment filled with joy and excitement. While nerves are commonplace, those in charge of taking care of the mother and baby are supposed to make sure everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, there are times when medical professionals make mistakes and can cause harm to the mother or the baby. It can be devastating to learn your baby was hurt because of negligence. A St. Louis birth injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you fight for compensation to help cover the costs of providing care for your child.
Your child’s injury may mean they need continued care and medical equipment for the rest of their life. Special education and other accommodations may be necessary to provide your child with a high quality of life. You may wonder about how you’re going to afford these costs and being able to be there for your child. That’s where we step in. Our lawyers will seek to maximize your compensation so you’re able to be there for your child without worrying about costs of care.
Common Examples of Negligence That Causes Birth Injuries
When you’re seeking justice for your child, you may wonder how the birth injury happened in the first place. Your St. Louis birth injury lawyer will find out what happened and who acted negligently. Some birth injuries can happen because of the following instances of negligence:
- Misuse of Birthing Tools. In some cases, birthing tools may be necessary to aid in the delivery. Using forceps or having a vacuum extraction can assist with the birthing process. When these tools aren’t used properly, they can cause birth injuries to the baby.
- Delayed C-Section. Doctors need to carefully monitor the mother to see if a C-section procedure is necessary. If the baby is breech or large, a C-section may be safer. However, if they don’t recognize these signs that a C-section is needed, then injuries could occur.
- Medication Error. During pregnancy and delivery, the mother may be given medication. Those in charge of the mother’s health need to make sure it’s safe for her and the baby. Reactions to medication could put them both at risk for injury.
- Failure to Monitor Vitals. The delivery team needs to keep track of vitals for the mother and baby. If they don’t keep track of heart rate or oxygen levels, the mother or baby could sustain injuries.
While it’s difficult to know that those in charge of you and you baby acted negligently, our lawyers are here for you. We’ll stand by your side and help you get fair compensation so your child gets the care they deserve.
After we discover how the negligence happened, we’ll assess the injuries that occurred because of the medical professional’s actions.
What Birth Injuries Can Occur Due to Medical Negligence?
When a birth injury occurs, you may wonder about the effects of the injury. Some injuries may take time to heal, but your baby may ultimately recover. Others can cause life-long changes. These kinds of injuries should never have happened in the first place. If your baby suffered any of the following injuries, get in touch with our firm as soon as possible.
- Brain Damage. When the delivery team makes a mistake, brain damage can occur. This could be from misusing birthing tools or the baby suffers from lack of oxygen.
- Hypoxia. This is when the baby doesn’t receive enough oxygen. When the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can sustain damage. Hypoxia can cause disorders like cerebral palsy. CP can result in difficulty with walking, coordination, and speaking. Other cognitive issues can also occur.
- Cephalohematoma. This happens when blood vessels break under the scalp. Typically, this injury can heal, but doctors need to monitor the baby to keep track of the injury.
- Facial Fractures. Trauma during delivery can result in facial fractures, which will need immediate care.
- Bone Fractures. If the baby is stuck during birth and the delivery team is negligent, they can break bones. These injuries need medical attention.
- Nerve Damage. Sometimes, trauma can result in nerve damage, where the baby will have reduced function in the area where they were injured.
- Brachial Plexus Injury. This is an example of nerve damage between the neck and shoulders. When these nerves are injured, the baby can have difficulty controlling their shoulder, arm, and hands.
- Umbilical Cord Prolapse. Medical professionals during delivery need to be watchful for the umbilical cord. It can prolapse and become tangled around the baby. This can make delivery more difficult and endanger the baby’s life, especially if it restricts the baby’s ability to breathe.
Understanding your child went through trauma like the examples listed above is a lot for parents to handle. You may feel overwhelmed at the thought of going through the legal process. Our firm is here to help you through this process so you’re able to put all your attention on your child and making sure they get the care they need.
The Benefits of Having a St. Louis Birth Injury Lawyer at Your Side
Birth injury cases can be difficult, but our medical malpractice lawyers have experience in representing clients who have been harmed because of negligent medical professionals. As we build your case, we’ll show that:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- The medical professional failed to meet that care.
- Their negligence caused a birth injury.
- Your baby suffered injuries and losses because of the medical professional’s negligence.
While these cases can become complex, we’re ready to review medical records, accounts of what happened, and consult with medical experts to find out how those who were in charge of your child’s care were responsible for the birth injury.
When you have a St. Louis birth injury attorney at your side, you’ll have someone to explain the steps in holding a negligent party accountable for their actions, and you can depend on them to take care of your case so you’re able to give your child the attention they need.
It’s important to get started on your case quickly. Get in touch with Thomas Law Offices today. We’ll discuss your options in a free consultation and find out how to best represent your child’s best interests. We’ll help you move forward.