Welcoming a child into the world should generate excitement for you and your family, but sometimes doctors and healthcare professionals make mistakes with life-shattering effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect each year in the United States.
If you believe that your child suffers from a birth injury that doctors or other medical professionals could have prevented, don’t hesitate to call a Maryland personal injury lawyer today. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights and the compensation that you may deserve.
Common Birth Injuries
A birth injury involves some sort of trauma that takes place during the labor and delivery of your child. These situations often involve a delayed or inappropriate medical decision to address an emergent issue, such as fetal distress when tracking the heart rate or use of forceps and vacuum extraction. Common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy – A brain and nervous system condition affecting muscle coordination and overall movement
- Erb’s palsy – A spinal cord condition affecting nerves that coordinate the arms, resulting in paralysis or loss of feeling in the arm, hands, or fingers
- Cephalohematoma – Bruising of the scalp’s soft tissue that does not generally affect the child long-term
- Other issues – Stillbirth, brain bleeds, bone fractures, neonatal or fetal stroke, or seizures
Other infant birth injuries do not become apparent until hours and days after birth. You may notice incessant crying, trouble breathing, or out-of-control body movements. An umbilical cord wrapped around the child’s neck or fetal distress from the length of labor may deprive a baby of oxygen. Medical professionals are trained to use best practice standards to lower the risk of these dangerous situations.
Birth Injuries and Maryland Law
Maryland medical malpractice statutes deal with preventable birth defects and injuries. Medical malpractice occurs when physicians and other medical professionals fail to uphold standards of care through inappropriate actions or inaction. Situations that may deviate from these standards include:
- Doctors prescribed you medication during your pregnancy with known side effects that included congenital malformation (birth defects).
- Your physician used unsafe methods with forceps or vacuum extraction during your child’s birth.
- Your physician allowed your labor to continue beyond a safe point, then rushed into an emergency Caesarian section.
You must take any legal action within five years of when the injury occurred, or within three years from the time you discovered the injury. This must occur before your child reaches the age of 11. The statute of limitations extends to the age of 16 if the injury involved your child’s reproductive system or a foreign object negligently left inside your child’s body.
Call a Skilled Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
We understand that caring for a special needs child comes with extensive medical bills and other expenses. Financial compensation may help you through the traumatic event of a birth injury in your family’s life. Contact Alpert Schreyer, LLC, today for a free case evaluation at (844) 632-7274 or write to us online.