Birth Injuries: An Overview

Representing Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Decatur, Augusta & nearby areas of Georgia

 
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Birth injuries can have a profound impact on their young victims and cause lasting struggles for the families forced to deal with the consequences of this inexcusable form of medical malpractice. If your child was injured during labor or delivery, you have every right to hold the negligent party accountable and to seek maximum compensation for both current and future damages.

The compassionate and dedicated birth injury attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance are here to help. Call us at 404-760-7400 for a free case review and let us help you understand your options, your rights, and the best way to take care of your family.

What is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is any injury a baby suffers during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or immediately following delivery. Different than a health condition or illness that may cause a birth defect, birth injuries are a result of negligence, force, or malpractice, and are most often preventable.

Common causes of birth injury include:

  • Failure to properly monitor fetal distress
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Delayed birth
  • Failure to perform necessary C-section
  • Forceful extraction (vacuum or forceps)
  • Miscalculation of fetus size
  • Failure to diagnose maternal infection or illness
  • Improper administration of medication
  • Failure to respond to abnormal presentation

In short, any issue that may complicate delivery or place the baby in danger, some of which should be identified during pregnancy, can cause birth injury and result in lasting and limiting damage to a child.

If you suspect your child’s injury was the result of negligence, we encourage you to call our office right away to discuss your case. We can help you find the most effective resources for support while we fight tirelessly for the full compensation your child’s injury demands.

Common Birth Injuries

There are several injuries that can arise from medical negligence. Some of the most common include:

  • Brain injury such as cerebral palsy
  • Brachial plexus injury including Erb’s palsy
  • Fractures and spinal cord damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Kernicterus, a deadly form of jaundice
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Infection
  • Paralysis

Oxygen deprivation remains a leading cause of birth injury. Often a result of improper monitoring or failure to respond appropriately to fetal distress, this single issue is related to problems such as delayed development, cognitive disruptions, and impaired motor skills that can have a lifelong impact on children and their families.

We are Here to Help

The birth injury attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience litigating complex cases involving medical malpractice. We work with established medical professionals to identify any negligent act that may have contributed to a child’s injury, and take appropriate action to fight for the compensation families dealing with the emotional and financial consequences of birth injury will need to properly care for their child now and throughout his or her life.

Caring, thoughtful, and committed, our attorneys will work to protect your family from the predatory tactics used by medical corporations, their lawyers, and their insurance companies that often intimidate struggling families into accepting less than they are due. We will stand by our side, protect your best interests, and fight tirelessly for justice, allowing your family to focus on what really matters: loving and caring for one another.

To schedule your complimentary case review at one of our Atlanta offices, please call 404-760-7400 today. The birth injury lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance fight for the rights of families living in Savannah, Columbus, Decatur, and throughout the state of Georgia.

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