Birth Injury

 If your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence or wrongdoing, our compassionate team can help you pursue justice and fair compensation to cover the costs of your child’s medical expenses, long-term care, pain and suffering, and more.


Birth Injury Lawsuits: Holding Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable

After you have waited more than nine months to hold your baby in your arms, having that joy interrupted by pregnancy complications or birth injuries can seem like too much to bear. Watching your newest family member suffer may feel almost intolerable. While you cannot undo the harm a medical professional’s negligence or deliberate wrongdoing caused to your infant, a birth injury lawsuit may help you hold the right people accountable for the financial and emotional suffering your family is experiencing.
As a parent or guardian of a birth-injured child, you may have the right to compensation. Fair compensation for your child’s injuries can help offset the costs of caring for your child’s medical and other birth injury expenses. Birth injuries can also cause long term disabilities, often impacting a child’s future academic success and lifetime earnings.
A birth injury lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal landscape governing these claims as well as birth injury settlements. The Jaklitsch Law Group team, with more than 90 years of combined experience, has helped families recovering from birth injuries obtain significant compensation to provide for their injured newborns and get the help that they need.

What Is A Birth Injury?

Birth injuries are any injury to a baby during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or immediately after delivery. Some birth injuries are minor or even cosmetic. Others can be severe and cause permanent disabilities that impact a child’s cognitive, physical, and emotional growth and capabilities. It is important to note that not all birth injuries are physical and not all birth injuries happen during labor and delivery.
New parents sometimes miss an opportunity to hold a medical professional accountable for injuries to their child because they do not understand that injuries during pregnancy and after delivery can also constitute birth injuries.

Types Of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries in a newborn are not always caused by the birthing process. If your child has suffered a birth injury, an experienced birth injury lawyer can help you understand how to identify the type and cause of your child’s birth injury as well as help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Medical Negligence During Pregnancy

Improper prenatal care

A greater number of women than ever are entering pregnancy with pre-existing conditions, and the number of women experiencing childbirth complications has increased by nearly 32% in recent years according to a study by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Failure to provide proper prenatal care to prospective parents, like controlling high blood pressure and diabetes, increases these risks and may leave vulnerable children subject to serious birth injuries.

Improperly treated maternal medical conditions

As mentioned briefly above, maternal medical conditions that are treated improperly or left untreated can increase the risk of birth injuries. Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain infections like HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can make pregnancy extremely high risk. If a medical professional fails to treat a mother to a proper standard of professional care during pregnancy, this can result in birth injuries to their child.
Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, if left untreated or if treated improperly during pregnancy can also result in birth injuries. If a pregnant person has a history of mental health issues and a medical provider refuses to acknowledge or care for these illnesses, both parent and child may be at risk.

Medical Negligence During Birth

Birth asphyxia

Asphyxia during birth means that the baby’s brain and vital organs were deprived of oxygen during birth. This may have happened before, during, or immediately after delivery. During asphyxia, the lack of oxygen leads to acid buildup in the baby’s cells, which can cause lasting damage like brain injuries and cerebral palsy.
Asphyxia can result from a number of known and unknown causes, including medically prolonged labor, difficult breech birth without emergency c-section, use of forceps, and maternal sedation. This is not an exhaustive list.

Birth trauma

When a baby’s head or body is twisted by medical professionals during delivery or excessive physical pressure is put on the baby, birth trauma is a likely complication and cause of injury. Birth trauma becomes more likely with overuse of sedating delivery drugs, ineptitude on the part of medical staff, inappropriate use of forceps or vacuum, and delivery complications that result in lengthy deliveries without emergency c-sections.

Viral and bacterial infections

With vaginal deliveries, an infant passes through their mother’s birth canal during delivery. This is why expectant mothers are tested for certain infections prior to giving birth, including Strep-B, so medical professionals can take adequate precautions if they know a laboring mother may expose their child to an infection.
Failing to screen a new mother or treat for infection can make a medical professional liable for birth injuries resulting from preventable infection transmission from mother to infant. Inappropriate handling of infection can also put the mother’s life at risk.

Living With Birth Injuries

Birth negligence can have a lifelong impact on your child. A birth injury may cause severe disability and require assistive devices, mobility aids, surgery, medications, and several types of therapy before your child can hope to live an independent life.

Parents and caregivers may suffer under the financial strain of caring for a seriously injured child and from providing the medical treatments and therapies their child may need to live a successful and happy life. Thankfully, birth injury lawyers like those at the Jaklitsch Law Group are here to help you in the event that your family has been impacted by the negligent or wrongful acts of medical professionals during the birth of your child.

Suing For Birth Injuries In Maryland

You may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit if you believe a health care provider caused preventable harm during the birthing process. Working with an experienced birth injury lawyer to file your claim can help your family access the financial compensation you deserve. Filing a birth injury lawsuit also holds the medical providers and hospital accountable for errors made while causing birth injuries to your child.

How The Jaklitsch Law Group Can Help

The Jaklitsch Law Group has spent decades helping families devastated by birth injuries receive financial compensation and begin the road to recovery. Our Maryland birth injury lawyers have helped families all over the state hold negligent doctors and medical facilities responsible for the harm they have caused to innocent children during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and beyond. We are passionate about helping Maryland families because we are Maryland families too. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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