Massachusetts Child Birth Injury Attorneys and Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Every parent hopes to give birth to a healthy newborn and they rely on medical professionals to carry out this plan. However, each year approximately 27 out of 1,000 live births result in birth injuries, many of which are caused by medical malpractice or negligence.
A birth injury can be the result of improper care given by a doctors, midwives, and nurses during labor and delivery. Birth injuries, such as Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy, can result in a uncertain future with physical, emotional and financial challenges for the family. Our Massachusetts medical negligence attorneys can help families determine if a birth injury was not preventable, or if medical negligence or malpractice on the part of a doctor or hospital was responsible for the injury.
Common Reasons for Birth Injuries
- Delaying or failing to perform a needed Cesarean section
- Use of excessive force during the delivery
- Miscalculation in the size of the baby.
- Oxygen deprivation when the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted in the birth process
- Mechanical trauma when the baby assumes an unusual position at the time of birth (buttocks rather than head first, for example) or when the baby is too large to easily pass through the birth canal easily.
Cerebral Palsy is caused when there is a lack of oxgyen to the baby’s brain during the labor and delivery process. If the medical professionals fail to recognize an abnormal heart heart pattern during labor, this can lead to prolonged oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain and result in a brain injury.
Erb’s/Klumpke’s Palsy or Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) is caused when an newborn’s neck if stretched to the side during the delivery process. Brachial Plexus is a network of nerves near the neck that sends signals frm the spine to the shoulder. Most newborns will recover both movement and feeling in the affected arm within 3 to 4 months. Some infants will heal without treatment but some will require physical therapy and fewer, surgery.
The Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman Law LLP have a great deal of experience representing medical malpractice and birth injury victims. These birth injuries can be devastating to families and our attorneys are aware of the emotional and financial costs of such medical malpractice. We are committed to obtaining the best possible financial results for the victims of medical negligence and their families.
If you or a loved one have been victimized by medical malpractice or negligence, we urge you to contact one of the Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman Law LLP immediately. Our compassionate and committed medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries get their lives back on track.
If your child has suffered a birth injury in Massachusetts as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, please contact Gilman Law LLP for a free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation. The Massachusetts birth injury malpractice lawyers at Gilman Law LLP are ready to help you get the compensation your family deserves.