New Orleans Birth Injury Malpractice Lawyers
Serious birth injuries occur in about one and one-half percent of births in America. That means 60,000 serious birth injuries out of the four million births in the U.S. every year. A normal delivery is stressful enough without the onset of complications, which can turn an already apprehensive experience into a nightmare. When a complicated delivery results in an injury to the child, parents are rightfully devastated. When hospital negligence or other preventable medical mistakes are to blame, the injury is truly heartbreaking.
A birth injury typically doubles the cost of a delivery and may additionally lead to a lifetime of medical expenses for therapy and care. Although significant, these direct financial costs pale in comparison to the emotional pain and stress of caring for a child with physical or cognitive challenges due to a birth injury, or the loss in quality of life which has been brought on by the negligence or incompetence of a doctor, hospital or nurse. The experienced New Orleans medical malpractice attorneys at the Palazzo Law Firm understand what parents and their children go through following a birth injury. We take on the toughest cases and fight hard for the best medical care and maximum compensation available to help parents, children and families, and to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for their inexcusable mistakes. Call the Palazzo Law Firm in Gretna for immediate assistance after a birth injury anywhere in the greater New Orleans area.
Why do birth injuries happen?
Complicated births are not uncommon, and many things can go wrong during pregnancy, labor or delivery that result in birth injuries to the child. This fact in no way excuses birth injuries that occur because doctors, nurses or hospitals fall below the acceptable standard of care during any stage of pregnancy or birth. In fact, doctors and other hospital staff should be well aware of the risk of complications and prepared to take the necessary steps to deal with any complicating condition. Nevertheless, a great number of birth injuries can be attributed to negligence on the part of the hospital and medical personnel responsible. Medical malpractice birth injuries occur for the following reasons, among others:
- Lack of communication or miscommunication among medical staff
- Administering the wrong medication due to a misunderstanding of the condition or diagnosis
- Failing to monitor fetal distress or communicate the status of the mother or the fetus to the doctor
- Unreasonable delay in calling in the doctor or a surgeon to perform the delivery, whether vaginal or c-section
Negligence and malpractice cause a wide range of birth injuries
Among the most common causes and types of birth injuries due to negligence or malpractice by the doctor or hospital are:
Trauma to the head during delivery which damages the brain and nervous system, resulting in developmental delays or permanent debilitating conditions like cerebral palsy
Improper or unnecessary use of forceps or vacuum extraction, causing facial paralysis, Erb’s palsy, bruising, lacerations, or brachial plexus injuries
Failure to promptly diagnose an issue with the delivery requiring special attention, such as a breech position, fetal distress, maternal distress, or a large baby
Delay in delivery or performing a c-section which causes oxygen deprivation, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brain damage or death
Improper administration of labor-inducing drugs or other medications or treatments
Using improper techniques for resuscitation
Failure to prevent a premature birth
Failure to treat eclampsia, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or other conditions of pregnancy
Serious birth injuries require the knowledge and skill of experienced trial attorneys
Birth injuries, like other forms of medical malpractice, can be difficult to understand and prove that a medical professional was at fault. Every negative outcome is not due to malpractice, and doctors and hospitals seize on this fact to explain away a birth injury as the result of conditions beyond their control. This may be so, but you are not obliged to take their word for it. At the Palazzo Law Firm, our aggressive and successful New Orleans medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge, skills and experience needed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the birth injury, determine fault, and hold responsible parties accountable for the harm they have caused. We’ve helped a number of people in situations like yours get the care and compensation they need to deal with a serious injury, and we’ll give everything we’ve got to help you too.
New Orleans Birth Injury Attorneys Here to Serve You
After a birth injury in the greater New Orleans area, call the Palazzo Law Firm at 504-443-1442 or 877-433-1442 for a no-cost, confidential consultation regarding your needs and our ability to help you.