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Choosing a law firm to pursue a birth injury lawsuit can be the most important decision you make for your family’s future.
Birth Injury Types, Signs & Symptoms
Expecting parents rely on obstetricians and hospital labor and delivery teams to make the pregnancies and births go smoothly. When complications arise that may have caused harm to your baby, you need to know what to look for.
Some birth injuries are unavoidable, caused by a birth defect. Others, however, are caused by a doctor’s failure to properly diagnose, assess, or treat a medical condition, prescription drug errors during the mother’s pregnancy, or improper use of a medical device such as forceps or a vacuum during labor and delivery. If these mistakes could have been avoided, it may be grounds for a birth injury lawsuit.
Cerebral palsy affects muscle movement, but is caused by abnormal brain development or brain injury during pregnancy, childbirth, or even after birth, with most children showing the signs of cerebral palsy by the age of three. It can be the result of exposure to infections or chemicals during pregnancy, trauma to the fetal head, insufficient oxygen during labor, or a difficult delivery.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CEREBRAL PALSY INCLUDE:
- Ataxia – the loss of use of limbs and body movement
- Spasticity – a dragging of the foot or leg while walking
- Athetosis – involving slow, involuntary, writhing movements
Although there is no cure for cerebal palsy, medical treatment such as physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, medications, and assistive devices and equipment can improve a child’s capabilities.
Muscle, Bone, and Nerve Injuries
Childbirth can be a traumatic event depending on the size of the baby, prematurity, the size of the baby, the gestational age at birth, the size and shape of the mother’s pelvis, and duration of the delivery. Complications and medical mistakes can result in temporary or permanent physical disability and disfigurement related to:
- Erb’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus injuries from damage to nerves in the upper spine, clavicle, neck, upper arm, and hand
- Facial paralysis
- Spinal cord injuries that can cause paralysis or other motor weakness
Other Brain Injuries & Mental Impairments
Many symptoms of a birth injury are immediately apparent while others – particularly those from brain injuries – may not reveal themselves until later when infants, toddlers, and children miss developmental milestones.
OTHER INJURIES TO THE BRAIN CAN MANIFEST AS:
- Decreased motor skills
- Speech problems
Death of the Mother or Child
In the most tragic circumstances, medical errors and professional negligence can cause the death of the mother or newborn. According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, the infant mortality rate in the United States is 6.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, and approximately 650 women die each year in this country from pregnancy or delivery complications.
The impact of such tragedies can be devastating, and wrongful death lawsuits enable the surviving family members to seek compensation for economic damages such as loss of income and medical expenses, and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. In Michigan and other jurisdictions, state laws limit the amount of compensation you may recover, which makes consulting with an experienced birth injury lawyer so important.
Choosing a Birth Injury Lawyer in Michigan
Birth trauma can be devastating. You need an experienced birth injury malpractice lawyer who will fight for the compensation that you, your child, and your family deserve.
When you’re faced with having to find a birth injury attorney to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit, choosing the right law firm is as important as selecting your obstetrician or hospital. If your pregnancy, labor, delivery, or neonatal care didn’t have a good outcome, you need to take the time to carefully select the most qualified and committed birth injury attorneys to pursue your case.
More Than Just Lawyers, We Have a Birth Injury Malpractice Team
Each birth injury case that comes to us is given intensive attention by a team of birth injury lawyers, nurses, and paralegals to ensure a thorough review of your case. We have access to the leading experts in all areas of obstetrics and neonatal care, and subscribe to all of the most relevant journals to keep abreast of recent developments on issues of labor, delivery, and perinatal medicine.
Many law firms advertise their experience in handling birth injuries and medical malpractice cases, but then turn your matter over to another firm. Sommers Schwartz attorneys investigate, evaluate, and handle each of the matters they take on. In fact, most of our cases are sent to us by other lawyers and former clients, based on the more than three decades of success we’ve had representing families in birth injury cases across the country.
Our experience and leadership extends beyond the courtroom, too. Sommers Schwartz lawyers have authored textbooks for other birth injury attorneys on how to properly handle birth injury cases, and we are repeatedly invited to speak at important birth trauma physician conferences including the Boston University Medical School Annual Perinatal Conference and the American Conference Institute’s Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims. Our birth injury lawyers are invited to present their knowledge and experience to the very doctors we’ve previously sued, a tremendous testament to Sommers Schwartz’s achievements and notoriety.
This will likely be the most important decision you make for the future of your family, and you need to so do so carefully. Please contact the Birth Injury Team at Sommers Schwartz today to learn more about what we can do to help you, your child, and your family.