CT Birth Injury Attorney
Connecticut Child Birth Injury Attorney
The birth of a child should be a happy and joyous occasion. However, when healthcare providers are negligent during a pregnancy, labor, or delivery, tragedy can strike. A child birth injury due to negligence can devastate parents and children for the rest of their lives.
If you are a parent and believe a birth injury happened to your child because of a medical professional’s negligence, you need a knowledgeable Connecticut lawyer by your side every step of the way. While no amount of money will fully compensate someone for a lifelong birth injury, an attorney can help minimize the financial impact.
Birth Injury Lawsuits & Medical Negligence
When an infant suffers a birth injury, the parents may be able to file a medical malpractice claim. To have a valid claim, the birth injury you must prove negligence.
Medical negligence happens when a medical professional’s performance falls below the acceptable standard of care.
Oftentimes birth injuries caused by medical negligence are due to:
Improper Forceps Use:
When a mother is having difficulty delivering her child or if the infant is improperly positioned in the womb, the physician may use forceps to help deliver. Proper use of forceps can reduce the risk of oxygen deprivation and fetal distress, conditions linked to cerebral palsy. However, doctors must be extremely careful because forceps can cause nerve damage as well as injuries to the head.
Improper Vacuum Use:
Sometimes during a difficult delivery doctors will use a special vacuum. This vacuums helps guide the child through the birth canal. Doctors and nurses are responsible for properly placing the vacuum on the infant. Both mother and her newborn can suffer severe injuries when negligently performed.
Delay in Ordering a Caesarian Section:
If the child is suffering from fetal distress, an emergency C-section should happen. This can occur when the child’s heart rate slows because of a sudden drop in the mother’s blood pressure, bleeding from placental abruption or other problems during delivery. Other conditions requiring an immediate C-section include uterine ruptures, cord prolapses, slowed labor, and placenta previa. If the delivery team doesn’t recognize the mother needs to have a C-section in time, they may be liable if the mother or child’s injuries.
Hypoxia happens when the child’s brain is not receiving enough oxygen. During childbirth, a tangled umbilical cord can cause hypoxia. Medical professionals receive training to detect hypoxia and to take steps to minimize the risk of injury to the mother and baby. If the doctor fails to notice the hypoxic event and take action to avoid injury, they may be liable for any resulting harm. If hypoxia is not quickly addressed, the child can develop lifelong mental and physical disabilities.
Negligent birth injuries can also happen when a medical professional:
- Fails to properly use the labor-inducing drug Pitocin;
- Neglects to perform specialized tests during pregnancy;
- Fails to diagnose or treat infections, placental abruption or previa, umbilical cord entrapment or premature rupture of the membranes;
- Neglects to refer high-risk patients to doctors specialized in this area;
- Fails to note and address changes in the fetus’ condition;
- Doesn’t perform sufficient prenatal testing; or
- Neglects to communicate problems to doctors.
How Do I Know If My Child Was Injured Due To Medical Malpractice?
Birth injuries happen because of different and sometimes unavoidable factors. Thus, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney. Attorney Twillie will examine your complete medical records to see if negligence took place.
Additionally, Attorney Twillie will work alongside medical experts when reviewing your information to determine whether medical malpractice partially, or completely, caused your child’s injury. If the expert believes the standard of care wasn’t met, your birth injury lawsuit may be viable.
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