Birth Injuries and Complications

Home/Birth Injuries and Complications

Birth Injuries, Birth Defects and Complications

Ten fingers, ten toes, and healthy: ask any parents, and they will tell you this is all they want. They want their child to have the best possible start – the best possible life. They want the possibilities to be endless.

We want that for you, too. But we also know that things don’t always go according to plan – and that a single act of negligence can lead to a lifetime of difficulties and complications. You need to be prepared for what might happen if a mistake is made, a diagnosis is missed, or another act of malpractice takes place. Having that information at your fingertips can help you make the right decisions for you and your family.

Complications and difficult pregnancies

While we hope your pregnancy is smooth sailing, we know first-hand that not woman finds pregnancy, labor or birth easy. In some cases, complications arise that could put a serious strain on the mother and the child. If they’re not diagnosed and treated early, it could lead to birth injury.

To learn more about pre-natal risks to you, the mother of your child, or your baby, please read on:

Cephalopelvic DisproportionPlacental Abruption
Diabetes and PregnancyRh Incompatibility
Maternal InfectionsPost-Partum Hemorrhage
Group B StrepPulmonary Embolism
High Blood PressureUterine Rupture
C-Section Injuries

Birth injuries and birth defects

There are two things you need to know.

  1. If your child sustained a birth injury because of medical negligence, it is not your fault.
  2. If your child was born with a congenital birth defect, it is not your fault.

After so many years of working with families whose children have been injured or hurt, we know that it is easy to feel frustrated, angry and – yes – even guilty. But when a medical professional fails to uphold his or her duty, it is not your fault. That negligence can easily lead to a permanent, catastrophic injury to the mother or the child. If it does, you’re going to need information about your next steps that you can trust.

What is a birth defect?

A birth defect is an abnormality, usually congenital, that forms with your baby. A child born with two different colored eyes has a birth defect, because heterochromia, technically, a genetic abnormality. One in every 33 babies born each year in the U.S. has a birth defect.

Sometimes, these defects are harmless. Sometimes, they cause long-lasting, even permanent disabilities.

What is a birth injury?

A birth injury occurs while you are pregnant, giving birth, or during the delivery process. Sometimes birth injuries will heal on their own. However, some injuries are so serious, they require rehabilitation, surgeries and medication to correct – and some will never heal. They are traumatic experiences, and in every single case we have taken, they were the direct result of medical negligence.

Talking about birth injuries can be painful, we know. Every parent dreams of a perfect child. A severe birth injury can have life-long repercussions and require around-the-clock care. These are many of the injuries our clients’ children have sustained:

Cognitive, Developmental and Intellectual DisabilitiesInfant Spina Bifida
Brachial Plexus Injuries, Klumpke’s Palsy and Erb’s PalsyInfant Spinal Cord Damage
Cerebral PalsyInfant Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
Hypoxic Ischemic EncephalopathyNeonatal Hyperbilirubinemia
Intracranial HemorrhageKernicterus
Shoulder DystociaNeonatal Stroke and Infant Brain Ischemia
Epidural Birth InjuriesPersistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
Horner’s SyndromeVacuum Extraction Injury
HydrocephalusWrongful Birth
Infant Bell’s PalsyUmbilical Cord Prolapse
Infant Broken Bones and Skull FracturesVacuum Extraction and Forceps Injuries
Infant Cervical Dystonia / Infant Torticollis / Infant Dystonia DisorderMeconium Stained Amniotic Fluid
Infant Meningitis

Why are medical terms hard to pronounce and understand?

Understanding your legal options

If your child, or the mother of the child, sustained a birth injury during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or post-labor process, you may have grounds to file a claim for compensation. In order to make a successful claim of malpractice, your attorney must be able to prove:

  • A doctor/patient relationship existed, and thus we were owed a duty of care
  • The doctor was negligent, and failed to uphold his or her duty of care
  • This negligence caused the injury
  • The injury led to certain damages (physical disabilities, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other such results

If the liable parties deny wrongdoing, or the insurance company fails to offer a just and fair settlement, your best option might be filing a birth injury lawsuit.

Before filing a lawsuit, our team reviews your medical history and your baby’s, as well as any expenses incurred. With multiple on-staff Registered Nurses, we can ensure that your information is examined not only by experienced trial attorneys, but also by trained members of the medical field.

Reasons to call CP Law

Let us help you protect your family

Crandall & Pera Law, LLC is committed to helping families whose lives have been turned upside because of a birth injury. You don’t have to go through this alone. To learn more about our firm and our services, please call 877-955-0020 or complete our contact form and schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation at one of our offices in Kentucky or Ohio.