Our lawyers are passionate advocates for infants injured during childbirth. If you believe your child sustained serious injuries when they were born, we can help. It doesn’t matter what your child’s current age is now, protect your rights and the rights of your child and let us know. We will give you information about what to look for and can discuss what happened with you so you can use our experience and dedication to pursue the best interests of your child.
How We Help Wisconsin Victims of Serious Birth Injuries
Medical errors that occur during labor and childbirth can lead to significant financial and emotional burdens on a child’s family. Your child may face additional surgeries, expensive medications, a lifetime of treatments including ongoing physical therapy, and the need for constant care. Whether you realize right away that your newborn has a serious birth injury and may never be capable of caring for themselves, or you have noticed delayed or abnormal development in your child, please contact us to discuss how to protect your rights.
Children suffering from serious birth injuries need early intervention and treatment to have the best chance of maximum recovery. Getting your child a thorough and comprehensive medical examination to determine the extent of your child’s injuries is the first step towards a goal of improving his or her independence and quality of life. Receiving compensation for the substantial costs for an injured child’s lifetime treatment and care can make an enormous difference in the quality of treatment and care that you can count on for your child. This compensation can also protect your family’s financial security which can come under serious strain caring for an injured child.
Give us a call today for a free initial consultation about your case. We will bring our considerable resources and knowledge to investigate our case, provide objective information about what may have happened to your child, and pursue compensation for you, your child and your family.
Types of Birth Trauma Cases
Medical care that is negligent during the pregnancy, during delivery or after birth can cause significant injury to an infant. The types of injuries that can occur due to mistakes or negligence on the part of doctors, hospitals and support staff include:
- Caput Succedaneum – A severe bruising or swelling of a baby’s scalp.
- Brachial Plexus Palsy – Occurs during shoulder dystocia, a brachial plexus injury may result in paralysis. Immediate treatment or surgery may be required. It happens when the nerve bundle, called the brachial plexus, is stretched or torn during delivery. If the injury affects the upper arm, it is known as a brachial plexus injury. If the entire arm is affected, it is known as an Erb’s palsy injury. When the hand is injured and affected, this is known as Klumpke’s paralysis or Klumpke’s palsy. When improper efforts are used to assist delivery and the baby’s shoulder is wedged against the birth canal, this is when severe nerve damage occurs and the signs and symptoms of this injury are typically seen soon after birth.
- Cerebral Palsy – In more than 80 percent of cases, cerebral palsy develops within 30 days of birth. Approximately 2 out of 1000 people have cerebral palsy, which is a serious type of birth injury. It is described by a range of neuromuscular disorders that happen from a brain injury during birth, late pregnancy or in the first three years of life. Children may have difficulty moving, speaking and eating. There may be damage to nerves, tendons, bones and muscles. Victims may suffer serious disabilities throughout their lifetime as well as physical hardships and emotional issues. Signs of the injury include delayed or abnormal development.
- Facial paralysis – Can occur when excessive pressure is experienced on a baby’s face during delivery.
- Delivery lacerations and bruising – Caused by the use of forceps.
There are other birth injuries that can occur including skin irritations, paralysis, epilepsy, seizures, hemorrhage, and mental retardation. While many of these injuries are known at birth, others become apparent over time when it becomes apparent that the child is not attaining normal milestones such as sitting up, crawling, walking or talking. Limp muscles, spasticity in muscles or a difficulty in walking are also signs your child may have incurred a birth injury.
We will protect your rights and those of your child and will litigate your lawsuit through trial. We represent clients in Milwaukee and Wisconsin in medical malpractice cases against doctors, medical staff and hospitals who were negligent during the birth of your child.