Every parent hopes that his or her child is born healthy and free of injury. It is all the more devastating, therefore, when a child is injured or killed during labor or delivery as a result of medical negligence. Unfortunately, birth injuries, though relatively rare, can and do occur. Often, infant injuries and deaths occur due to the negligence of a hospital, delivery room doctor, nurse, midwife, or another medical professional. In certain circumstances, the mother may also suffer serious injuries or be killed during the labor or delivery process.
At Grewal Law PLLC, we represent mothers and infant children who are injured as a result of negligence. We also represent the surviving family members of individuals who are killed due to medical malpractice. Our personal injury attorneys in Michigan have more than 100 years of collective experience and we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Contact us online or by phone at (888) 211-5798 for a free consultation. We have several office locations throughout Michigan.
Common Types of Birth Injuries & How They Occur
There are several injuries that can occur during birth that may result in physical impairment or brain damage. Each injury may be attributed to a different cause, such as strained or torn nerves, trauma to the head, or lack of oxygen.
Some of the most common types of birth injuries that occur in infants include:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Erb’s palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Broken bones/fractures
- Caput succedaneum
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Spinal cord injuries
Furthermore, the mother may suffer any of the following injuries during labor or delivery:
- Cesarean section (C-section) errors
- Complications resulting from failure to perform an emergency C-section
- Uterine rupture
- Prolapsed uterus
While signs of a disorder such as Erb’s palsy or cerebral palsy may be evident immediately after delivery, some brain injuries may not be identified for years. Sometimes, an injury may not be realized until the child is in school and learning disabilities or other characteristics relating to brain damage become apparent.
Serious injury can occur if there is a lack of oxygen to the child’s brain during delivery. There is a high risk of birth injury when there is difficult, prolonged labor; improper use of medication by the pregnant mother; or a large fetus or a breech birth. An unreasonable delay in performing an emergency cesarean section can also increase the risk of injury.
Contact Grewal Law PLLC Today
If you, your child, or your family member suffered severe, life-altering injuries after a difficult pregnancy, labor, or delivery, you may be entitled to take legal action. A birth injury lawsuit seeks compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, reduced life quality, and other damages incurred as a result of the accident.
Grewal Law PLLC can assist you with all aspects of your birth injury claim. We understand just how difficult it can be to move forward after a devastating accident. Because of this, our Michigan birth injury attorneys offer compassionate and personalized legal guidance for our clients. We are prepared to serve as your dedicated advocate throughout the legal process.
Call (888) 211-5798 to request a complimentary case evaluation today.