Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Spartanburg & Greenville, SC
It is not unusual for the mother and/or child to suffer injuries during the birthing process. However, some birth injuries are not natural results of labor and delivery. Instead, they are the direct result of malpractice. As you may know from experience, these injuries can have a devastating impact on a child’s health and future.
If you suspect that your child suffered an injury during birth that resulted from negligent medical care, you should discuss your case with an attorney right away. It is important to take prompt action in order to protect your rights.
The medical malpractice lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., are available to help. We have decades of experience with assisting victims of medical negligence. We will look into the details of your birth injury case, answer your questions and go to work to find out what went wrong in your case. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.
Types of Birth Injuries
A variety of different birth traumas and neonatal injuries can occur due to medical negligence, including injuries that involve:
- Brain hemorrhaging
- Asphyxia and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation, which may lead to cerebral palsy)
- Facial nerve damage
- Cranial nerve damage
- Eye damage
- Broken collar bone
- Spine and spinal cord injury
- Brachial plexus injuries (which may lead to Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s palsy)
- Infections acquired before or during birth
- Respiratory conditions.
Common injuries suffered by a mother during childbirth include:
- Seizures caused by preeclampsia
- Nerve damage
- Infections (including those caused by an improper C-section)
- Postpartum hemorrhaging
- Pelvic muscle damage.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Preventable birth injuries can be caused by a medical professional’s actions or inactions, including:
- Ordering a C-section too late or not at all
- Improperly using a vacuum extractor, forceps or other medical instrument
- Failing to note or respond to complications such as high blood pressure, bleeding, umbilical cord entanglement or infection
- Failing to react properly to complications arising out of toxicity or accelerated labor from the use of epidurals and other medications
- Improperly caring for the newborn (for example, exposing the infant to infection)
- Failing to communicate important information.
Sometimes, obstetricians and midwives, in an effort to prevent injury to the mother, inadvertently cause injury to the child, and vice versa.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The cost of birth injuries in terms of financial loss and emotional trauma makes it important to seek an evaluation of your case by an experienced lawyer.
It is normal to have questions when you or your child is injured during childbirth. The medical malpractice lawyers at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., are here to pursue the answers you deserve. To learn more, contact us today by phone or through our online form.
Sources / More Information
• Descriptive Epidemiology of Birth Trauma in the United States, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
• Potentially Avoidable Injuries to Mothers and Newborns During Childbirth, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
• Epidural Epidemic, Mothering
• Birth Trauma—Obstetric View, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University School of Medicine, Rijeka
• Torn Apart by Childbirth, The Guardian