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The Law Offices of Druckman & Estep is committed to helping families receive appropriate financial coverage for the physical, emotional and financial damages associated with birth injuries and their child’s subsequent medical needs, even when injuries are not apparent for months or years afterward.
And if infant death or maternal death occurs because of medical negligence, our Charleston birth injury lawyers will support your family emotionally as we aggressively fight to secure compensation for your anguish.
Types Of Labor And Delivery Injuries
Typical conditions that stem from negligence-related birth injuries include:
- Brachial plexus injury — Any condition in which babies lose the ability to move their arms due to damage of the brachial plexus. Brachial plexus injuries (including Erb’s palsy) could occur if a doctor delivers a baby’s shoulders improperly. The effects may subside on their own or require surgery to repair. In some cases, brachial plexus injury may be incurable.
- Cerebral palsy — A neurologic condition that appears during infancy or early childhood in which damage to portions of the brain impair the child’s coordination and movement. Cerebral palsy can develop from an injury suffered during birth.
- Facial paralysis — Birth injuries that result in facial paralysis, usually caused by misuse of forceps or a vacuum extractor or other tools during delivery.
- Failure to recognize fetal distress — Fetal distress can be a sign that something is seriously wrong. Often, the unborn child is being deprived of an adequate oxygen supply.
- Group B strep — This type of bacterial infection causes no harm to the mother. However, group B strep may cause serious harm to the infant if the baby contracts it during delivery.
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy of the newborn — Also known as HIE or HIEN, this is a condition that occurs when an infant’s oxygen supply is limited or cut off, often because of complications such as the umbilical cord becoming wrapped around the infant’s neck. This birth injury can usually be prevented if a doctor realizes the risk in time and takes measures to address it, such as performing a cesarean delivery.
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn — Also known as PPH or PPHN, this condition involves problems with breathing in an infant. Children are often born with persistent pulmonary hypertension as a result of pregnancy complications that go undetected by a negligent doctor.
- Uterine rupture — A life-threatening condition for the mother and the baby, uterine rupture is sometimes associated with the overuse of Pitocin and other labor-inducing drugs.
- Vacuum extractor and forceps injuries — Misuse of these instruments can result in life-changing injuries or fetal death.
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If someone in your family has suffered a birth injury, or if a fatal birth injury took a loved one’s life, The Law Offices of Druckman & Estep will provide a full evaluation of your case without charge. Learn more about our services by calling 304-342-0367 or contact our attorneys online.