Birth Injury Lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland
The birth of a child should be an occasion to celebrate. Unfortunately, each year, thousands of families in the United States experience tragedies during the childbirth process due to medical malpractice. If an infant and/or mother suffers injuries during childbirth that could have been prevented, it is highly likely that the family has grounds for a medical malpractice claim against the medical professional responsible for the birth injury.
At Peter Angelos Law, we understand how devastating it can be for any family to experience a birth injury. Infants who experience birth injuries may develop permanent disabilities or life-threatening complications, and mothers can suffer severe or fatal injuries during childbirth as well. If you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Towson, Bowie or the surrounding areas to help you navigate a birth injury claim, we can provide the legal representation you need to approach such a difficult case with confidence.
Why Should I Hire a Birth Injury Lawyer?
Attempting to pursue any type of medical malpractice claim without legal counsel is a significant risk. You will not only need to meet the court’s strict filing requirements and deadlines but must do so while managing the physical and emotional effects of the birth injury your family experienced. Hiring legal counsel means you can place your legal affairs in capable hands so your family can focus on healing and planning for the future.
Medical malpractice claims are also some of the most complex personal injury claims an individual can file. These cases have unique requirements, such as formal medical board review and expert witness testimony from a qualified medical professional. Without an attorney, the average person will be unlikely to secure the evidence and documentation needed to succeed with their claim. Even if the claim is successful, self-filers are unlikely to obtain the full scope of their claimable damages.
To be certain you and your family maximize your recovery after a birth injury, you need a birth injury lawyer you can trust to manage your case. The attorneys at Peter Angelos Law have the experience, resources, and skill necessary to secure fair compensation for your birth injury claim.
Types of Birth Injuries
Peter Angelos Law has successfully represented Maryland clients in a wide range of medical malpractice cases, including cases involving birth injuries. A “birth injury” is any injury that occurs before or during childbirth and negatively affects the mother and/or her child. Some birth injuries may heal in time while others cause permanent damage. Unfortunately, some infants who suffer birth injuries may require lifelong, in-home medical treatment to manage their conditions.
There are many types of birth injuries that can lead to medical malpractice claims:
One of the most reported birth injuries in the US is cerebral palsy. The term “cerebral palsy” pertains to a wide range of symptoms and medical conditions that result from brain damage sustained prior to or during childbirth. A child can develop cerebral palsy from trauma during childbirth, including oxygen deprivation and other causes. It is often unclear at first how extensive a child’s cerebral palsy will be until they grow. Some children with cerebral palsy are able to live relatively normal lives, while others are left profoundly disabled. Cerebral palsy can cause motor function delays, cognitive impairment, social development delays, and a host of other symptoms. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is incurable; any child who develops this condition will have it for the rest of their life.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
The brachial plexus is a cluster of nerves extending from the neck through the collarbone area into the upper arm. When an infant leaves the birth canal, their shoulders are the widest part of the body that needs to clear the mother’s body, and they may become stuck. If the doctor managing the childbirth procedure uses excessive force or moves the child incorrectly in this situation, the brachial plexus can sustain injury. Some brachial plexus injuries result in Erb’s palsy, a condition characterized by slowed muscle growth in the affected arm. Other brachial plexus injuries are more severe and may result in nerve damage and/or paralysis.
Injuries from Surgical Instruments
Medical staff assisting childbirth procedures should avoid using surgical instruments whenever possible. However, some situations may call for the use of forceps or extraction devices. When doctors use these tools inappropriately, the infant can suffer traumatic injuries, some of which may carry permanent effects.
Injuries from Failure to Monitor
The staff handling the childbirth procedure must constantly monitor the vital signs of both the mother and her child. Failure to do so may mean one or both could face life-threatening complications. For example, if the mother suffers tearing or another injury and starts to bleed internally, failure to monitor her blood pressure could mean the medical team are unable to provide necessary corrective treatment in time to save her life.
Failure to Timely Conduct a C-Section
It is not uncommon for a mother to begin labor expecting to deliver her child vaginally only to experience complications that demand an emergency C-section procedure. Attending physicians and their support staff must know the warning signs of these situations and act accordingly. If it becomes unsafe to continue with natural childbirth, the doctor must move to conduct an emergency C-section as soon as the appropriate conditions appear. Failure to do so could lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries to the mother and/or child.
Start Your Birth Injury Claim in Baltimore, MD Today
If your family recently experienced any type of birth injury, it is natural to feel saddened, confused, and uncertain about the future. You likely have many pressing legal questions and a limited idea regarding your options for legal recourse. Peter Angelos Law can provide the compassionate and responsive legal counsel your family needs during this challenging time. We have successfully helped many families in Maryland state-wide secure compensation for their birth injury damages and can put our experience to work for you. Contact Peter Angelos Law today to schedule a consultation and get answers for your most urgent legal questions for free.