The miracle of birth happens all the time. Mothers prepare for this day for nine months, and sometimes even longer than that. Unfortunately, childbirth does not go smoothly for every mother. Although birth defects are usually caused by genetics and other issues, birth injuries occur due to negligence and can impact both the mother and the infant. Doctors and birthing centers are responsible for thousands of birth injuries every year. 

If you or a loved one have experienced birth injuries during the delivery of a child, you might have legal grounds for a personal injury claim. When the stakes are this high, you need proper legal representation to take action.

Our Carmel personal injury lawyers can help. At Wagner Reese, LLP, our lawyers have been fighting against negligence since 1997. In our 150+ years of combined experience, we have seen it all. We understand how birth injuries can overwhelm a family with grief, additional medical expenses, and other hardships.

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In our decades of work in the legal field, our attorneys have won multi-million dollar verdicts for our clients, and our dedication and commitment are recognized by our peers in the legal community. This includes being honored by prestigious publications such as the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America©, and U.S. News & World Report.

Our founding partners, Stephen Wagner and Jason Resee, were also acknowledged as Indiana’s Top 25 Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers honorees, and attorney Resee is also repeatedly listed among Indiana’s Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers by the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association.

Birth injuries are a type of medical malpractice that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our team of compassionate attorneys will provide you with aggressive advocacy throughout the legal process to bring responsible parties to justice and help you receive fair compensation for the harm incurred. Contact Wagner Reese, LLP, today for a free consultation on your case. In the meantime, here is what you should know about birth injuries in Carmel:

Common Birth Injuries in Carmel

Doctors and hospital staff are responsible for the care of mothers and babies. When they breach the duty of care owed to the mother and their unborn child, it can lead to a birth injury. Some of the more common birth injuries in Carmel include the following:

Misuse of Obstetrical Tools

A newborn can be injured using devices such as forceps or vacuum extraction tools. This can cause brain injury, skull fractures, physical disfigurement, and scalp hematomas.

Brain Injury

A baby can sustain a devastating and permanent brain injury during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. This typically happens due to an inadequate amount of oxygen through an umbilical cord prolapse or compression, or a disruption of the umbilical cord or placenta.

Cerebral Palsy

This group of disorders affects a person’s ability to maintain balance and posture. This can occur if there is negligent mismanagement of the labor and delivery process when the baby is not receiving adequate oxygenated blood through the umbilical cord. Children with cerebral palsy can have physical impairments and injuries and emotional and cognitive problems.

Brachial Plexus Nerve Damage

When a baby’s shoulder gets stuck on the mother’s pubic bone during delivery, nerve injuries can occur. Suppose the medical professional does not comply with reasonable medical care standards in addressing the shoulder impact. In that case, the baby can sustain nerve damage to their neck and upper extremities or a rupturing, stretching, or pulling off of the spinal cord. These injuries can result in permanent impairment and injury of the affected upper extremity.

Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Group B Strep

Through the labor and delivery process, a baby can be exposed to harmful viruses and bacteria. Exposure can lead to permanent and severe impairments to the baby if the virus or bacteria are not treated promptly.


Babies can suffer injuries at any point during labor and delivery. This happens most often when they have not received an adequate amount of oxygenation from blood in the umbilical cord at any point during the labor and delivery process or if there is an undiagnosed infection during the labor process. When there is a lack of adequate oxygenation to the baby in utero, the baby can suffer an untimely death either in utero or after the birthing process.

Our Carmel Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help You And Your Child

The stakes are high when birth injuries occur. When so much is on the line and uncertainty clouds the future, you need to take legal action and protect your rights.

Our Carmel birth injury lawyers can help you seek justice and pursue fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. Widely recognized for their exceptional skills, our attorneys have repeatedly proved their dedication and vigorous, swift representation of birth injury victims.

In 2020, an outstanding eight of our dedicated birth injury lawyers were named in either the Super Lawyers® or Rising Star lists, which select only a small fraction of legal practitioners nationwide. Furthermore, three of our attorneys were selected in The Best Lawyers in America©, presented by the famous publication Best Lawyers®.

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With the premiere birth injury lawyers at Wagner Reese by your side, you will never look at the prospect of a trial for your birth injury case with uncertainty. Several of our attorneys, including Attorney Jason Reese, were honored by the National Trial Lawyers, a prestigious and exclusive organization that comprises the nation’s premier legal professionals. Only legal practitioners who have showcased excellent legal representation in court trials are considered. 

Because of this, no matter what type of birth injury or medical malpractice incident you or your child have suffered, we are here for you and ready to tackle any challenges you might face in your pursuit of justice. Contact Wagner Reese, LLP, at 888-204-8440 today or complete our online form for a free consultation on your case. Let us be your trusted legal allies in the fight against negligence.