Birth trauma has been reported as between 210,000 and 440,000 preventable hospital deaths per year according to John James in the Journal of Patient Safety.
1,500,000 excess injuries each year in U.S. hospitals according to the report by The Institute of Medicine. 2007. Preventing Medication Errors. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11623
Injuries during birth are one of the most traumatic injuries, given that the child has a lifetime of difficulties due to the errors.
Typically, there are a few key errors made by the doctors and the staff.
One of the biggest problems is the failure to communicate between staff. Doctors are just so busy, that they don’t properly communicate among themselves and the nurses. Other errors include the failure to read the chart, failure to properly monitor the pregnancy, and sometimes, because they are otherwise impaired, over tired, distracted, or on drugs.
One of the most common types of injuries are injuries due to decreasing amounts of oxygen. Of course, oxygen is necessary for the healthy working of all organs, most importantly the brain. When the oxygen to the baby decreases, the injuries to the baby range from the minor to the profound. All these brain injuries are devastating the child and the family.
The other most common type of injury is shoulder dystocia. Fundamentally, the error occurs when the baby gets stuck in the birth canal and the delivering doctor pulls too hard on the baby’s neck.
Finding out your child has a birth-related injury is devastating to any family. If you believe or suspect that your child has suffered birth injuries due to medical malpractice or negligence, it is beneficial to immediately speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. The Krause Law Firm is a qualified Atlanta-based personal injury law firm that has successfully litigated numerous birth injury cases. We understand that our clients are going through a tough time and we make it a priority to be attentive to our clients’ needs. If your baby has suffered injuries due to subpar medical practices, it is important to retain a law firm that will fight aggressively for the rights of you and your baby.
Birth Injury Negligence and Medical Malpractice
The doctors and medical staff responsible for the medical care of the mother and baby must adequately fulfill their duties. If the doctors and medical staff do not perform at the standard skill level expected of others in their profession working under similar circumstances, their behavior may be deemed negligent. If your child’s injuries are due to the medical staff’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for the damages caused by their actions.
Different Types of Birth Injuries
Many birth injuries are linked to mothers using prescribed medication that turned out to be harmful to the baby’s development, use of excessive force during the baby’s delivery, oxygen deprivation, or the doctor’s failure to perform medical procedures that would have prevented the birth injuries from occurring. Some of the injuries may take a long time to recuperate from while other injuries turn out to be permanent. Examples of birth injuries are:
- Limb injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Bone fractures
- Brain damage
- Cerebral Palsy
Contact an Atlanta Birth Injuries Lawyer Today
If your child has suffered any of the above mentioned injuries or other types of medical complications, contact our law firm right away. Call The Krause Law Firm’s Atlanta office at 404.835.8080 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced birth injury lawyers. We will answer any questions you have and gather the information we need to further investigate any potential legal claims you have. Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal staff is here to guide you through the entire legal process.