Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Representing Children and Families Suffering from Birth Injuries
Birth injury or birth trauma is any physical injury that occurs to an infant during the labor and delivery process. Sometimes birth injuries are unavoidable but all too often these injuries are caused by preventable medical errors. A medical mistake can occur before, during or after a birth. Health care professionals may use too much traction, misuse forceps, vacuum extractors or other medical devices during a delivery, fail to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner, fail to recognize obstetrical risk factors that would predispose a baby to a birth injury and inadequately respond to signs of fetal distress.
Sadly, all of these types of medical negligence can lead to innocent children suffering severe and lifelong injuries.
Caring and Compassionate Representation in All Types of Birth Injury Lawsuits
Pittsbrugh medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of James R. Moyles handle all types of complex birth injury claims including:
A brachial plexus injury occurs when a group of nerves in the neck are injured. This medical condition occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck on a mother’s pelvic bone during a delivery. This is called shoulder dystocia. A doctor may attempt to free the baby without using the proper maneuvers resulting in stretching or tearing of the brachial plexus nerves. Temporary or permanent paralysis of the hand, arm and shoulder can occur.
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that affects motor function. Children with cerebral palsy often suffer with tremors, muscle weakness and poor motor control. Many children suffer additional problems including mental retardation, seizures, speech and hearing impairments, and learning disabilities.
Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy in which only the upper brachial plexus nerves are injured. Patients will experience loss of motion and feeling around the shoulder region.
An injury to the facial nerve can occur when forceps or other instruments are used to help deliver a baby. Babies will have little to no movement of the affected side. This injury can be temporary or permanent.
Bone fractures can occur during a delivery. The most common fractured bone is the clavicle also known as the collarbone. This bone connects the chest to the shoulder. Other bones that may be fractured include the skull, humerus and femur.
Many types of head injuries can occur during a delivery. Cephalohematoma is one of the most common types of head trauma that infants suffer particularly during a forceps or vacuum extraction assisted delivery. Other types of head injuries include Caput Succedaneum and subgaleal hemorrhage and intracranial hemorrhage.
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy:
This type of brain damage is cause by a lack of oxygen supply. Throughout the labor process, the medical staff is responsible for continually monitoring the oxygen levels of a fetus. If a provider fails to do this or does not respond appropriately to low oxygen levels, a fetus can suffer oxygen deprivation. This can lead to permanent brain damage.
Many babies develop a condition known as jaundice shortly after they are born. A high level of bilirubin in the blood called hyperbilirubinemia causes jaundice. If this is left untreated, the bilirubin will continue to build up and travel to the brain causing irreversible brain damage known as kernicterus. Kernicterus is considered a preventable birth injury.
In the most severe cases of a birth injury, a baby may suffer a fatal injury. This can be caused by a variety of reasons including hypoxia, medication errors, anesthesia errors and infection.
The Law Offices of James R. Moyles: Experienced Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers Represent Victims Injured in All Types of Birth Injury Cases
If your child suffered an injury at birth and you are unsure as to why and how this happened, it is critical that you contact a qualified birth injury lawyer. Any child who has suffered an injury before, during or shortly after birth that is caused by medical malpractice has the right to pursue a birth injury lawsuit as the means to recover compensation for hospital and medical expenses, rehabilitation therapy, and pain and suffering. Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of James R. Moyles will investigate the details of your case to determine if negligence played a role in your child’s birth injury and pursue maximum recovery. Contact The Moyles Law Firm as soon as possible so that your rights to file a claim do not expire. Call 412-281-1055 for our Pittsburgh office or 717-233-5400 for our Harrisburg office to schedule a free consultation with a reputable Pittsburgh birth injury lawyer or contact us online.