Washington, DC Birth Injury Lawyer
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Birth injuries can turn one of life’s greatest joys into one of life’s most devastating tragedies. No matter how careful mothers are during a pregnancy, some cannot always protect their babies. Most birth injuries are not caused by the mother’s action or inaction. They are the preventable result of medical negligence.
If you or your child experienced a birth injury you believe was caused by the negligence of a medical professional or health care provider, you may have the right to pursue justice and financial compensation for your damages by pursuing a claim. Birth injury cases can be difficult, as they often involve complex issues of liability, negligence, medical malpractice, or even issues such as product liability. Because of this, experienced representation is essential when you have a birth injury case.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is available to assist families following birth injuries that could and should have been prevented. To learn if you might have a case and how our firm can help, contact us today for a free consultation with a Washington, DC birth injury attorney.
Birth Injury Cases & Victims’ Rights
Birth injuries can be caused by many different factors. What is important to understand is that just because a birth injury occurred does not necessarily mean you have a case. Some birth injuries are not preventable, and are part of the inherent risks of pregnancy, birth, or medical procedures. Other birth injuries, however, are indeed preventable if not for the negligence of health care providers or other responsible parties.
Examples of what can cause preventable birth injuries include:
- Failure to diagnose and treat pre-existing conditions
- Incorrect use of anesthesia or medication during pregnancy, labor, or 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
There can be multiple responsible parties in a birth injury case, including:
- Doctors / Obstetricians
- Midwives / Nurses
- ER or Hospital Staff
- Pharmaceutical companies
While negligence committed by medical professionals during labor and birth is the cause of many preventable birth injuries, other parties may be accountable when mothers or babies suffer harm. Pharmaceutical companies that produce unsafe medications, for example, can be held accountable when their drugs present risks of birth defects, particularly when they fail to adequately warn doctors and consumers about dangers associated with their medications.
In one recent local event, it was discovered that a number of pregnant women who had blood tests performed by the DC public health lab were incorrectly told they tested negative for the Zika virus, but later found out that they did have the virus when their blood was retested.
Due to a critical lab error that could have been prevented, these women were not informed of their true condition and did not receive medical attention for the Zika virus, which is known for causing severe birth defects. In this situation, the public health lab could be held liable for birth defects and the damages of victims.
Examples of common birth injuries include:
|Brain injury (including cerebral palsy)|
Brachial plexus injury (Erb’s palsy)
Seizures or fetal stoke
Bruising or fractures from forceps
|Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy|
Spinal cord injury
Cranial nerve trauma
Soft tissue injuries
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 want to assert their rights and hold health care providers or other parties responsible for their negligence.
To learn more about your case and how our firm can help, call (202) 659-8600 to schedule a FREE consultation.