Trusted Legal Guidance For Birth Injury Cases
This content refers to legal matters related to birth injuries and Infant injuries, including infant wrongful death and how a birth injury malpractice attorney can help victims and their families. Mr. Hirsh has decades of experience with medical malpractice claims related to birth injuries and wrongful death lawsuits. He is a lecturer and speaker on malpractice-related topics to other attorneys.
Infant birth injuries due to medical malpractice include but are not limited to:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Birth injury, which results in wrongful death
Common Birth Injuries Due To Negligent Medical Treatment
Any injury to a newborn is of extreme concern. Unfortunately, some serious injuries to infants before or during the birthing process can be due to the errors of nursing and medical personnel attending to the mother. These injuries should be investigated by competent attorneys experienced in these types of cases.
Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that service the upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand ). Injuries to these nerves can cause severe bodily harm, even paralysis, and deformity to one or both arms.
Erb’s Palsy Birth Injury And Shoulder Dystocia Due To Malpractice
Erb’s palsy is a condition resulting from the type of nerve injury described above. Its severity can range from minor temporary limitation of some arm movement to serious permanent paralysis of the arm and deformity. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential. Erb’s palsy is sometimes referred to as brachial plexus palsy.
Erb’s palsy is commonly due to shoulder dystocia where the baby’s shoulder is lodged under the mom’s pelvis. If a vaginal delivery is attempted, various maneuvers and pressure on the infant are often required. If not performed correctly, nerve damage can result. There may have been indications to perform a C-section, which could have prevented the injury. A thorough review of all records by a professional can help provide answers to your questions as to why the injury developed.
Vaginal Delivery Or C-Section
Cephalopelvic disproportion refers to the situation where the mother’s pelvis is unusually narrow when compared to the size of the baby’s head. The health care professionals providing prenatal care should be tracking this size comparison to determine, along with other factors, whether or not vaginal delivery should be attempted as opposed to a C-section.
Cerebral Palsy And Medical Malpractice
Cerebral palsy refers to a cluster of impairments resulting from injury to the infant’s brain. It can affect brain development, thinking, learning and movement. Problems may range from relatively minor to devastating consequences. The brain damage may be “anoxic,” which means there was deprivation of oxygen supply to the brain that caused the brain injury. During labor, the baby’s condition should be carefully and continuously monitored by the nurses and doctors or midwives with the aid of electronic fetal monitoring. Speedy intervention at the first signs of fetal distress may prevent brain damage.
Brain Injury To Infants And Medical Malpractice
Birth injuries, even brain damage, may result from the use of traction devices, suction devices and forceps during delivery. Hemorrhage or severe bleeding can cause such damage. In some cases, such methods are contraindicated and should not have been used. In other such methods and devices are used improperly or over-aggressively.
Premature Infants, Babies
Premature infants of course need special medical attention. They are prone to certain injuries and neonatal doctors and pediatricians must carefully check for and address such developments. If you believe your child’s health care providers missed a problem your child was experiencing, a thorough investigation may provide some answers.
Retinopathy And Personal Injury Lawsuits About It
Retinopathy of prematurity is a condition that can cause blindness in premature infants. For this reason, the eyes of such babies must be carefully checked and followed to prevent the condition, and loss of sight may be prevented with prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Newborn Injuries And Malpractice Claims
Newborn injuries place tremendous emotional and financial burdens on families. An experienced law firm can help you determine whether or not your child’s injuries could have been caused by negligence. Just as importantly, help and guidance can assist you in finding professional care for the child and family. Sometimes, financial assistance may be available as well, whether or not there are grounds for a lawsuit.
Birth injury malpractice lawsuits demand a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney. Mr. Hirsh is board-certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial, presenting cases to a jury. He is well respected as a medical malpractice attorney and for his ethics.
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If you or a loved one would like to learn more about these or any other health conditions not mentioned on this page, contact Goldberg and Hirsh P.A. at 305-909-6522 for a free medical malpractice consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form.