Every year in Indiana, a number of babies are born with serious injuries or birth defects. Many times, these problems are unavoidable. However, in some cases, the baby's injuries are caused by preventable medical errors.
Birth Injury Attorneys Seeking Compensation For Families Harmed By A Doctor's Failure To Diagnose Fetal Distress
When a birth injury is suffered because of the neglect of a doctor or other health care provider, the attorneys of Garau Germano, P.C., are prepared to help. We have substantial experience in pursuing these claims and will aggressively pursue the claim on your behalf.
Medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries frequently involve negligent monitoring during labor. Nurses or doctors can fail to respond to signs during labor that the baby is in distress. As a result, the baby suffers oxygen deprivation and is born with a brain injury known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a condition which often leads to the development of cerebral palsy.
Medical errors at the time of delivery can also lead to birth injury. Improper application of forceps or vacuum extractors can cause brain injuries or death. Improper handling of a condition known as shoulder dystocia can cause permanent nerve injury affecting the use of the arm, a condition known as Erb's palsy.
Medical negligence before the mother arrives for delivery can also lead to serious birth injuries. Inadequate prenatal care or failure to properly monitor the condition of the mother or the fetus throughout the pregnancy may result in stillbirth or brain injury.
Birth injuries are devastating to the affected child and to the parents. The attorneys at Garau Germano, P.C., have extensive experience and success handling claims involving all types of birth injuries. Some examples of birth injury claims successfully handled by our attorneys include:
- An obstetrician fails to provide a cesarean section despite signs of fetal distress and instead attempts to deliver the baby by forceps. The physician misapplies the forceps, resulting in permanent brain injury to the child.
- A doctor encounters a shoulder dystocia during a delivery and exerts excessive traction on the baby's head in an effort to accomplish the delivery. The baby suffers a permanent brachial plexus injury resulting in limited use and deformity of his right arm.
- A doctor fails to perform a procedure known as a cervical cerclage on a woman expecting triplets diagnosed with incompetent cervix. As a result, the triplets are delivered several weeks premature and die within days of delivery.
If your family has suffered a birth injury that may be due to a medical error, please call our Indianapolis, Indiana, office to arrange a consultation with our lawyers. Call us at 317-643-4232 or toll free at 800-631-6743.