Helping Parents in Washington, D.C. and Maryland
The last thing that any parent wants is for his or her child to suffer an illness or disability, which makes birth injuries a tough situation for parents to face—especially knowing that the injury may have been avoided with better care. While most babies are born healthy with few complications, hospital negligence, physician negligence or poor obstetrical practices might lead to devastating injuries in spite of the sophisticated technologies available in the delivery room today. If you are facing the difficult reality of a birth injury that has caused a permanent disability in your child, it may feel like there is nowhere to turn for help. However, there are actions you can take when you have an experienced medical malpractice attorney like Sandra H. Robinson on your side to help build your case.
Talk to an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney
Few things in life are more devastating than birth-related injuries—bringing with them a host of difficult questions. You may be wondering why this happened or if this was a hospital error or physician error. Sandra H. Robinson has been handling birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for more than 25 years. She can help you.
Birth injuries can result from:
- Undiagnosed or untreated fetal distress during labor
- Undiagnosed or untreated pregnancy disorders
- Improper delivery technique
- Misuse of a medical device
Is It a Birth Injury?
In some cases, it may not be immediately clear whether a child has suffered a disability due to birth injuries or a birth defect. Birth defects are generally caused by unavoidable factors, and may exist even with the best medical care available during pregnancy and delivery. Alternatively, birth injuries can take place when there is a complication during labor and delivery or earlier in the pregnancy that may have been avoidable, and therefore may put your obstetrical team at fault for your child’s injury. Below, you will see some of the areas you and your attorney will discuss to determine if a birth injury has taken place so that you may pursue damages for medical care, and physical and emotional suffering:
- Were there signs that the baby was not getting enough oxygen during the labor and delivery that were not recognized or treated?
- Were there signs of placenta previa or placental abruption that were not recognized and treated?
- Was there improper use of medications, such as Pitocin, during the labor?
- Was there improper resuscitation?
- Was there a traumatic delivery or newborn course?
- Was there a failure to properly treat a premature labor and delivery?
- Was there an improper delay in the delivery of the baby?
- Was there improper forceps or vacuum use?
- Was there a failure to properly treat conditions during the prenatal care?
- Were improper medications prescribed during the prenatal care?
What Can You Do?
Even if you are not sure who may be at fault for your child’s birth injury, you should speak to a skilled and experienced malpractice lawyer right away. By bringing your case to Sanda Robinson, you will be getting the best legal guidance available in Washington D.C. and Maryland to help you cope during this tough time. Call our office to schedule your free, confidential consultation with our Washington, D.C. attorney, Sandra H. Robinson.