Birth Injury Claims in Atlanta, Georgia
Birth injuries devastate children and their families. Unfortunately, some birth injuries are preventable and caused by careless nurses and doctors failing to properly monitor a baby during a delivery and failing to promptly deliver a baby when the baby is suffering from a lack of oxygen. There are different ways birth injuries can occur, and it can be difficult for families to understand exactly what went wrong. If you suspect that your baby was injured during birth, contact an Atlanta, Georgia birth injury attorney right away to investigate your case. The attorneys at The Moses Firm are experienced and dedicated advocates for families who have suffered a tragic loss or harm associated with severe birth injuries. Call us today at 404-721-1050 to speak to one of our experienced birth injury lawyers.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries in Atlanta, Georgia
Various factors may cause birth injuries like brain damage and cerebral palsy. One common scenario is when a delivery is being induced with Pitocin/Oxytocin, which causes contractions, and the mother and baby are not being adequately monitored on electronic fetal monitoring. The electronic fetal monitor shows nurses and doctors when there are too many contractions such that the baby is not able to get enough blood flow and oxygen. When nurses and doctors ignore this dangerous situation, babies can suffer brain damage from a lack of oxygen, which results in a lifetime of disability and needs.
If your baby has suffered a birth injury, it may have been caused by negligent nurses and/or doctors that did not follow national standards and guidelines. If you have questions regarding whether you have a birth injury claim, contact an Atlanta birth injury attorney.
Common Types of Birth Injuries in Atlanta, Georgia
Birth injuries come in various forms and impact different parts of the infant’s body. Some of the more common types of birth injuries are as follows:
Cerebral palsy: cerebral palsy occurs when babies do not receive adequate oxygen during the birth process. Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that impairs a baby’s muscle tone, motor skills, and movement. These infants will often also experienced cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, speech difficulties, low bone density, lung disease,
Fetal demise: babies can die from a lack of oxygen in the womb. This can be caused by a variety of things, but could be related to a nuchal cord, that is, when the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck. It is important to monitor the electronic fetal monitor for signs that the baby needs more oxygen.
Brachial palsy: brachial palsy is a condition resulting from injuries to a group of nerves that impact the arms and hands. The nerve group is referred to as the brachial plexus. These injuries can take place when the baby’s shoulder is difficult to deliver. Babies impacted by injuries to their brachial plexus may have trouble flexing and rotating their arms. Although in most cases, the damage will result in bruising and swelling and injuries will heal within a matter of months, there are other more severe cases in which the nerves may suffer tearing, leading to permanent damage.
Fractures: fractures involve the breaking of bones during the birth process. But some of these fracture are completely preventable e.g. when fractures occur during a cesarean section from a careless doctor.
If your baby suffered a birth injury, your family might be entitled to compensation. Although some injuries may not have been preventable, many others could be avoided if doctors detected problems sooner or use more caution while delivering the baby.
Call the Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys at The Moses Firm Today
The injuries caused during birth can lead to lifelong complications for the infant and financial strain on the family, and the birth injuries could have been caused by careless healthcare providers. Even when serious mistakes have been made, you can expect nurses and doctors to hire aggressive defense lawyers who will make countless excuses to deny responsiblity. Therefore, it is critical to hire (1) an experienced birth injury lawyer who familiar with the medicine at issue, but to also hire (2) a local Atlanta birth injury lawyer who is familiar with the laws in Georgia and the judges and lawyers who will work on their case. At The Moses Firm, our compassionate, dedicated attorneys understand how important it is for our clients to recover compensation that can help them better support their child and provide the best possible quality of life for the injured infant. Call us today at 404-721-1050 to learn more about how we can help you and your family.