Pregnancy, labor, and delivery care can result in horrific injuries if the medical providers are negligent. Babies can be asphyxiated prior to delivery, resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy, or suffer traumatic damage to their limbs if not handled properly. The mother’s well-being is at risk as well.
These cases are extremely complex, but the Rhode Island birth injury lawyers at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn have extensive experience in these challenging and complex cases. We have secured multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients in a range of birth injury matters, including brachial plexus nerve injuries, vacuum extractor injuries, and brain damage. While these results are no guarantee for future recoveries, they serve as proof of our competence in and dedication to this important area.
To find out how we can help with your birth injury case, call (401) 200-4059.
Types of Negligence That Cause Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can be caused by any number of things, including negligence, carelessness, and medical mistakes. Doctors might fail to take action in a crisis situation. Or, alternately, nurses and midwives may fail to monitor the unborn baby’s heartrate properly, which could ultimately lead to fetal distress.
If healthcare professionals fail to act quickly when the baby is in distress, he or she could be deprived of oxygen and suffer serious brain damage. In short, if the medical team is in any way unprepared for the baby’s delivery, or if they fail to respond to certain situations properly, the mother and unborn baby could suffer irreparable harm.
A few common reasons birth injuries occur include:
- Failure to perform a C-section
- Failure to monitor the fetal heart rate
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Improper use of birth tools, such as forceps or vacuums
- Failure to identify and treat maternal infections
- Failure to respond to or prevent preterm labor
- Improper medication administration or incorrect doses
- Failure to diagnose and treat infections and other medical conditions
Long Term Affects of Birth Injuries
If your child has shown developmental delays, physical injuries, or if he or she was in distress during delivery, you may have reason to believe a birth injury was involved. Birth injuries can cause infants severe pain, and may even result in permanent injuries, including brain damage, nerve damage, shoulder injuries, developmental delays, altered motor skills, paralysis, and more.
In worst-case scenarios, some birth injuries can prove fatal to the baby, mother, or both. If your child was harmed, don’t wait to seek justice. Caring for a child with a birth injury can be extremely taxing and costly, and you deserve the funds and resources to care for your child properly, especially if their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
If you believe your baby suffered a birth injury, call (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation with our experienced birth injury attorneys in Rhode Island.
Proving Fault in a Birth Injury Case
Birth injury and other medical negligence cases are notoriously difficult to prove, considering their technical nature and the fact that the plaintiff must show that the health care provider failed to act within the acceptable standard of medical care.
It can be difficult to prove exactly what happened in the delivery room, but our decades of experience in this field and our access to experts in medicine and obstetrics can help us expose substandard care and establish fault.
Our experience includes work in the following types of birth injury cases, among others:
- Birth asphyxia
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Vacuum extractor and forceps injuries
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb’s palsy
- Placental abruption
- Maternal death
- Preeclampsia and eclampsia
- Anesthesia errors
- C-section errors
- Delayed C-section
Your child deserves the best care, and recovering a fair settlement or award can help ensure that you are able to provide for his or her treatment, support, and well-being for life.
Contact Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. for Experienced Legal Representation in Rhode Island
Our experienced team at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. specializes in birth injury cases and has represented many frustrated, angry, and disheartened parents whose innocent children were harmed during birth. We know how trying this process can be, and we want to provide you with the legal resources and support to make seeking justice easier. We believe no child should suffer medical negligence, and if your baby was harmed because of someone else’s mistake, we want to help ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover in peace.
Call (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation with one of our Rhode Island birth injury attorneys. We are here to fight for the justice your baby deserves!