The birth of a child should be one of the happiest moments of a person’s life. But, when something goes wrong, it can quickly turn into one of the worst situations a family will have to endure. When delivery room doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals make mistakes or act negligently, infants and mothers can suffer severe, life-altering injuries. In extreme cases, medical negligence and malpractice can lead to death.
If your child suffered a serious injury—such as shoulder dystocia, hypoxia, or a brain injury—or was diagnosed with a life-altering condition like cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy after a difficult pregnancy, labor, or delivery, he or she may have suffered what is known as a birth injury. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options, including your right to recover compensation. A birth injury not only alters the course of your child’s life (as well as your own life), it also typically results in a serious financial burden for families, as injured infants will require continuous medical treatment.
Contact the Indianapolis birth injury attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. Call (888) 204-8440 or submit an online contact form today. We handle cases in Indiana & Illinois.
Types of Birth Injuries
Despite modern advances in the delivery and birth process, medical professionals can and do still make mistakes. In some cases, attending nurses or hospital staff act negligently, leading to serious birth injuries that can affect both the infant child and the mother.
Some common birth injuries that affect infants include:
- Anoxia, hypoxia, asphyxia, and other forms of oxygen deprivation
- Cerebral palsy (which often results from lack of oxygen during birth)
- Cephalohematoma, or bruising that occurs between outer layers of skin and the brain
- Brachial plexus injuries, typically affecting the shoulders, hands, and arms
- Erb’s palsy, a type of brachial plexus injury that often results in complete paralysis of one arm
- Shoulder dystocia, occurring when the infant’s shoulders become lodged behind the pelvic bone
- Vacuum extraction and/or forceps injuries, including bruises, broken bones, and more
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) due to lack of oxygen
Common birth injuries affecting mothers include:
- Uterine rupture
- Prolapsed uterus
- Perineal tears
- C-section errors
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
Birth injuries often occur when delivery room doctors and nurses fail to properly monitor an infant’s heart rate, or when a doctor fails to order a timely C-section. However, birth injuries can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including mistakes made during delivery, poor pregnancy care, medication errors, and much more.
Compassionate Care for Victims of Birth Trauma
For more than 20 years, Wagner Reese has been helping individuals and families affected by medical negligence and malpractice throughout the state of Indiana. Our dedicated Indianapolis birth injury lawyers have over 120+ years of combined legal experience and have earned a reputation for winning results. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of victims of birth trauma, allowing families to heal and children to receive the crucial medical care they needed.
If your child was injured during delivery or was diagnosed with a serious condition as a result of a birth injury, we encourage you to reach out to our firm as soon as possible. We offer free initial consultations and contingent fees, so there is absolutely no cost for you. We also offer legal services in Spanish, if needed.
Call our office at (888) 204-8440 or contact us online for your free case evaluation.