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Birth injuries, sometimes referred to as birth traumas, occur when an injury is sustained by a newborn child during the labor and delivery processes. Sometimes, a birth injury cannot be avoided. The child’s position in the womb and umbilical cord can cause unavoidable complications.

When medical professionals make mistakes that harm a newborn child, it may constitute malpractice, and you may be entitled to financial restoration for your child’s injuries.

To learn more about your legal rights and options after a birth injury, call our Baton Rouge firm at (888) 493-1629 today. Your consultation is free and strictly confidential.

Common Birth Injuries or Traumas

There are various types of birth injuries, the most common of which include:

  • Bruising/Forceps Marks: Forceps and vacuum suction are common tools used during delivery and they sometimes cause bruising on the child’s forehead. In more severe cases, these tools can cause fractures in the skull that may require surgery.
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage: This is the result of broken blood vessels in the baby’s eyes, causing red circles around the child’s irises. Usually, this injury will heal itself in just a matter of weeks.
  • Caput Succedaneum: Vacuum extraction can cause a large swelling of the newborn’s scalp. This will heal in just a matter of days.
  • Facial Paralysis: Forceps used during labor can place excess pressure on the child’s face. In mild cases, it will heal a few weeks after delivery. In more serious cases, the newborn child may need surgery to reverse the nerve damage.
  • Brachial Palsy Injuries: This affects the brachial plexus, which is the collection of nerves responsible for the movement of arms and hands. When a child is born with his or her shoulders stuck, he or she sometimes suffers from the inability to move arms and hands. Sometimes this condition will correct itself, while more severe instances involve surgery.
  • Fractured bones: Infant bones are fragile, and often they are injured during delivery.
  • Brain injury: If oxygen is cut off to the brain during delivery, the child may suffer brain damage.

Medical Malpractice Suits Related to Birth Injury

Birth injuries are among the most common suits filed in the area of medical malpractice. Though sometimes an injury was, in part, caused by a nurse or physician, many conditions contribute to a difficult birth, such as the mother’s anatomy, the child’s size, amount of time spent in the womb, length of labor, and the child’s position. These may cause complications but may not be the direct fault of a nurse or a physician.

The following examples may constitute malpractice:

  • Failure to prepare for complications involving the health or size of the child
  • Lack of response to bleeding
  • Failure to identity a wrapped umbilical cord or pain in the child
  • Late decision to perform a cesarean section
  • Improper use of tools, such as forceps or vacuum extractors that cause injury in the child
  • Misuse of drugs during delivery
  • Insufficient care before, during, or after labor

Birth Injury FAQ

Was my child’s birth injury preventable?

Some birth injuries occur even when doctors, nurses, and midwives provide the best treatment possible. Unforeseen complications can arise that are outside of their control. In other cases, however, birth injuries could have been prevented. This happens when doctors or nurses miss complications or mishandle emergency situations. It happens when medical professionals fail to provide a standard level of treatment or care before, during, or after labor and delivery.

If your child suffered a birth injury, an independent investigation can reveal whether malpractice was involved. At Arnold & Itkin, we have the experience and resources to help parents like you determine whether their children were victims of medical negligence. If so, we can take the necessary steps to hold all at-fault parties accountable.

How do you investigate birth injury claims?

Investigating birth injury claims is complicated. These are highly technical matters, involving the many complexities of childbirth and what is deemed “standard” care. Our Louisiana birth injury lawyers work with medical professionals, investigators, and expert witnesses, examining each detail of the care provided. We review medical records, interview witnesses, and consider every single piece of evidence to determine what occurred and whether malpractice was the cause.

A proper investigation will reveal the answers that unlock the door to justice for your child.

When should I contact a Louisiana birth injury attorney?

If you had a difficult labor or delivery and your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury, we recommend talking to an attorney at our firm as soon as possible. Early intervention is crucial in these cases, as important evidence or information can be lost or misplaced. Medical bills will start piling up. You may miss a considerable amount of work while caring for your child, and you need to find a way to make ends meet. At Arnold & Itkin, we can take care of everything for you. If we take on your case, we will forward all costs and will only accept payment if we win.

While you focus on your child’s needs, we will work to recover the financial compensation that will provide for their complete care—for as long as they need it.

Preparing Your Louisiana Birth Injury Suit

If your child suffered serious or permanent injuries during labor and delivery at the fault of a medical professional, you certainly deserve retribution to provide medical care for your child. However, it would be difficult to prove such is the case by yourself. As a plaintiff, it is your responsibility to prove that malpractice occurred. Without medical and legal knowledge on a wide scale, you may not get what you deserve from the parties at fault. The experienced Louisiana birth injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have sat in high-pressure courtrooms and at settlement tables all across the county, fighting for and winning what our clients need.

Contact our team to schedule a free case evaluation and help us work toward providing for your child's complete, lifelong care. Together, we can build a brighter future.

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