Getting Maximum Compensation For Families Dealing With Birth Injuries And Cerebral Palsy
Sometimes complications arise during a pregnancy that require special attention from doctors and nurses. The medical conditions that cause these complications can vary. For example, the mother can have a complex medical condition during pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, a detached placenta, a compressed or prolapsed umbilical cord, or have a breech presentation.
Additionally, during labor a baby can show signs of distress on the heart monitor, the umbilical cord can wrap around the baby’s neck and cut off oxygen, or the baby can be left in the birth canal for too long a period of time, which also cuts off the oxygen to the baby’s brain. Mistakes can also be made using the forceps or vacuum extraction, or from a prolonged delivery.
When these problems occur it is up to the doctors and the nursing staff to immediately recognize that the baby is in danger, and take steps to protect the baby and ensure a normal delivery. Unfortunately, doctors and hospital staff sometimes do not pay enough attention to the baby and the mother, and an unnecessary emergency occurs that could have been prevented with proper monitoring and planning. In many cases, a simple cesarean section can prevent severe injury.
Some of the severe birth injuries that follow poor medical care and unnecessary birth trauma are:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain injury
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Facial paralysis
These medical problems can be devastating, and lead to a lifetime of disability. The cost of future medical care alone can run in the millions of dollars. People who would otherwise have normal lives may never work, and face a lifetime of pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
It is extremely important that anyone who suspects that careless medical help caused a birth injury contact an attorney immediately. In Tennessee, the parents of a child who has a birth injury only have three years in which to determine if there is a case and file a legal action to protect their child, so fast action is necessary. In Kentucky, a legal action does not have to be filed until the child’s nineteenth birthday, so even though a significant amount of time may have passed since birth, it is still possible for parents to have a legal action investigated and brought in a court of law against those responsible for the birth injury.
Here are some of the warning signs of an unnecessary medical emergency or mistake:
- An emergency delivery, including cesarean section or the use of forceps or a suction device
- A specialist is called to assist in the delivery or to care for your baby after it is born
- Your baby requires oxygen after delivery
- Your baby has seizures right after delivery, or within the first few days of life
- Your baby requires special care or is placed in a neonatal intensive care unit
- Medical personnel act flustered, or panic during the delivery
Attorney Mike Breen has successfully handled many birth injury, birth trauma and cerebral palsy cases. These cases are very complex, and require the use of many experts from many different fields of medicine, vocational evaluation, economics and life-care planning. We have access to the experts needed to evaluate and pursue these cases, and when we commit to represent you and your baby we advance all the costs required to bring the case to a successful conclusion. And we do this at no risk to you. We will never ask you for money to move your case forward because we are paid only when we win your case and collect.