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Washington, DC Birth Injury Lawyers

Compassionate Support, Experienced Representation

Birth injuries can turn one of life's greatest joys into one of life's most devastating tragedies. No matter how careful they have been throughout the pregnancy, many mothers are wracked with guilt, wondering what they could have done better to protect their babies. Most birth injuries are not caused by the mother's action or inaction. They are the preventable result of medical negligence.

Preventable birth injuries can be caused by:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat pre-exiting conditions
  • Incorrect use of anesthesia or medication during pregnancy/birth
  • Failure to monitor fetus and respond to fetal distress
  • Improper use of delivery instruments
  • Miscalculating the size of the baby or due date
  • Not performing a C-section at the correct time
  • Failure to recognize respiratory distress or apply respiratory support
  • Not providing newborns with oxygen
  • Untreated pneumonia, brain infection, or other conditions
  • Improperly delivered nutritional support
  • Excessive haste and force
  • Dropped baby

Medical malpractice, including birth injuries, is not committed by physicians alone. Any health care professional or facility involved in your care may be held responsible for their actions or failures to act. There can be multiple responsible parties in birth injury including:

  • Doctors
  • Obstetricians
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Emergency room staff
  • Other hospital staff
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical companies


Hospitals may be responsible for birth injuries in two ways. The hospital itself can be responsible for unsanitary conditions, failing to keep its equipment in proper working order, and policies which may have led to the injury, including emergency rooms refusing to admit mothers in labor. Hospitals are also responsible for the actions of their employees.

Defective drugs

Doctors can be held responsible for prescribing inappropriate medications. Pharmaceutical companies can be held responsible for their errors as well, including failure to warn doctors of the dangers of a drug, and improper labeling.

Birth injuries

Common birth injuries include:

  • Brain injury (including cerebral palsy)
  • Brachial plexus injury (including Erb's palsy)
  • Infections
  • Meconium aspiration
  • Spasticity
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Bruising or fractures from forceps
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cranial nerve trauma
  • Facial paralysis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Skin irritation
  • Stillbirth
  • Spasticity
  • Strep infections
  • Temporary body paralysis
  • Infant death

Washington, DC Personal Injury Attorneys with 90 Years of Combined Experience

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. our legal team understands the tremendous difficulties parents and families face in the wake of preventable birth injuries. We offer our full support and experienced representation to families who would like to assert their rights and hold health care providers responsible for their negligence.

To learn more about your case and how our firm can help, call (202) 644-8303 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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