Birth Injury Lawyer in Gillette
Did a Doctor’s Negligence Harm Your Child?
A birth injury can be devastating for a family that should be celebrating one of life’s greatest joys. When babies are harmed during the childbirth process, it is often the result of negligence on the part of the delivery doctor or hospital staff.
A serious birth injury is costly to treat. Families will have to deal with the physical, financial, and emotional repercussions for years to come. If your baby was injured during labor, you should speak to a Gillette personal injury lawyer right away.
These cases require experience with the law and the field of medicine. At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our trial lawyers know medical malpractice. We’ll go to work to get the money your child needs to live a fulfilling life. Call (307) 257-7800 today for a free consultation.
What Does a Birth Injury Look Like?
There’s a lot going on in a delivery room to bring a baby into the world. When medical professionals make a mistake, get careless, or ignore a known risk, it can result in a number of birth injuries to a baby.
Any oxygen deprivation to the baby, through either anoxia (no oxygen) or hypoxia (low oxygen) in the baby’s blood, can lead to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy – a fancy word for widespread brain damage. The child may also be born with cerebral palsy, or a number of other developmental disabilities.
Other body parts can be damaged during a difficult birth; for example, in a shoulder dystocia situation (when the baby gets stuck in the birth canal because one or both shoulders hits the mother’s pelvis), the doctor may twist or pull on the baby’s head and neck, damaging the brachial plexus nerve cluster. Any stretching or tearing in these nerves can result in Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s palsy: weakness or partial paralysis of the hand, arm, and shoulder.
In some cases a mother may pass an infection, such as group B strep or hepatitis, to her unborn child. This can cause birth defects, such as spina bifida, and other injuries to the baby. While not all birth defects are caused by medical negligence, doctors are required to monitor the mother throughout pregnancy, identify infections, and take steps to ensure the infection is not passed to the unborn child. A planned C-section delivery can avoid most dangers of maternal infections.
Doctors can also cause physical or "mechanical" trauma to a baby with birth-assisting tools. Vacuum extractors and forceps should only be used to guide the baby out of the birth canal in specific situations, and only by doctors with experience. Otherwise, they can cause broken bones, facial paralysis, bleeding in the head (intracranial hemorrhage), swelling under the scalp (caput succedaneum), and brain damage.
How a Birth Injury Lawsuit Can Help
Even when a child has suffered a preventable birth injury, parents are often reluctant to file a claim against the doctor. Having a newborn who sustained a birth injury is a stressful enough. What good would a lawsuit do? The answer is "plenty."
As a parent, you need to understand the high cost of birth injuries. Your child may need specialized equipment, physical therapy, surgeries, special needs education, and other expensive treatments to have a healthy life. A successful medical malpractice lawsuit can pay for this financial burden by providing:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation, therapy, counseling, and other healthcare costs
- Money for your pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Lost wages when you need to care for your disabled child
If you have recently given birth and your child sustained a birth injury, contact Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., today at (307) 257-7800. It’s not always clear when negligence was to blame for a child’s injury, but we know how to review your medical records to find answers. Our Campbell County attorneys will fight for your child in court, and work to get you the compensation your family deserves.
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