Tragically, medical malpractice can affect patients of all ages, including newborn babies. Newborns are particularly susceptible to personal injury during and directly after birth, so their vulnerable bodies must be handled with exceptional care. When medical professionals are negligent in their duty to provide this care, serious, permanent injuries such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, and brain damage can result.
At Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP, our birth injury lawyers understand that the birth of a child is often the most important event in a person’s life; we know how devastating birth injuries are to a family. Richard C. Mitchell and our team of medical malpractice attorneys seek to send a message to healthcare providers that there will be accountability for medical negligence. If your child has suffered a birth injury – such as traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, or shoulder dystocia – contact our Atlanta, Georgia birth injury lawyers today and schedule a consultation. We will evaluate your claim and explain your legal options.
Cerebral palsy is a devastating, all too common birth injury. Characterized by permanent impairment to the child’s muscle control, cerebral palsy may be caused by the deprivation of oxygen during delivery.
Various warning signs indicate fetal distress, signaling the need for medical action – including caesarian delivery. Failure to respond to signs of fetal distress and promptly deliver the baby may be the basis of a valid medical malpractice case if your baby suffers serious consequences as a result of this failure.
Shoulder dystocia is the result of a dangerous birth complication that occurs when the baby’s top shoulder becomes stuck on the mother’s pubic bone during delivery. This serious birth injury can result in permanent nerve damage in the arm or shoulder.
Using factors like the baby’s and mother’s weight, many cases of shoulder dystocia can and should be anticipated, and delivery staff should prepare accordingly for such a complication. When shoulder dystocia occurs in birth situations, there is a need for immediate, skilled medical intervention to prevent serious consequences. If there is failure to use recognized techniques to deliver the baby in this emergency situation, the infant may suffer a stretching or tearing injury to the neck area – the brachial plexus.
Contact Our Atlanta, Georgia, Birth Injury Lawyers
What should be one of the happiest times for a family can become a tragedy with lifelong consequences when medical negligence results in a serious birth injury. Of course, no financial award could ever compensate for the harm inflicted on your child. Still, it is important to understand and consider your legal options, as difficult as that may be during your time of grief. At Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP, our Atlanta, Georgia birth injury lawyers have the sensitivity and compassion to guide you through this difficult time. We invite you to schedule a free consultation today and case review.
If your child has suffered a serious birth injury – such as Cerebral Palsy and Shoulder Dystocia – our Atlanta, Georgia birth injury lawyers can help. Contact Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP’s team of dedicated medical malpractice attorneys.