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Atlanta, Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyers - Birth Injuries

According to Medscape, approximately six to eight birth injuries occur in the United States for every 1,000 live births. Significant birth injuries also account for approximately 2 percent of neonatal deaths and stillbirths that occur in the U.S.  Tragically, many of these birth injuries- approximately half- could be avoided if healthcare providers recognized and anticipated risk factors.

Obstetricians, nurse midwifes and other healthcare providers are expected to monitor a parent and child’s condition during the birthing process and to take action as necessary to ensure that a child comes into the world safely. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. Worse, sometimes doctors simply go beyond failure to monitor or react to fetal distress and actually cause fetal distress through aggressive use of medical tools during delivery.

When an obstetrician or other healthcare provider fails to deliver a child safely as a result of his negligence, the provider can be held responsible for the consequences of his actions. Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys can assist injured victims in filing a lawsuit if a child suffered a birth injury or if a mother or baby was harmed by medical negligence in any way during the course of the delivery process.  

The Dangers of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries have a number of different causes. In some cases, doctors can cause or exacerbate birth injuries by failing to provide proper prenatal care. For instance, a doctor might not diagnose a problem developing or might even cause an infant to become injured by prescribing the wrong medication to the mother.

Many birth injuries, however, happen during the delivery process. If a doctor fails to order a Cesarean when necessary, fails to recognize fetal distress, doesn’t respond properly to a breach baby, uses a vacuum or forceps aggressively or otherwise makes a mistake when bringing a baby into the world, the consequences can be absolutely devastating.

Some of the different birth injuries that an infant may experience as a result of a healthcare provider’s failures during childbirth include:
  • Erb palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Klumpke Palsy
  • Brain damage
  • Bone fractures
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Neonatal death
When a child suffers one or more of these injuries, his or her entire life may be affected. For example, cerebral palsy refers to a range of different disorders that impact a child’s motor functions. A child with spastic cerebral palsy may experience muscle weakness; impaired coordination; improper posture and the inability to coordinate movements.

A child who suffers one or more of these health problems as a result of birth injuries may need ongoing medical care and treatment for the remainder of his life. He may have a shortened life span or may experience significant physical and/or mental handicaps. The costs can be astronomical, both in terms of the devastation to families and in terms of the financial cost of providing care from birth until death.

An Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help When Birth Injuries Occur

Georgia medical malpractice laws ensure that families who experience a birth injury are not left to bear the burden of the injury all on their own. If a doctor was negligent in any way or breached a legal duty that led to the birth injury, then the doctor or other responsible provider can become responsible for paying all damages including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and wrongful death damages.

In order to recover the damages that you deserve and that your injured child will need after a birth injury, you should consult with an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer. Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers can help you to prove negligence, can help you to link the birth injury to the doctor’s failure and can assist in demonstrating the significance of the loss you suffered so you can get the maximum compensation that the law provides.

Getting Help from An Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney

Birth injury cases are heartbreaking and must be treated with great sensitivity. There are also significant legal complexities associated with these types of cases, especially as it can be difficult to put a monetary value on the life of a child who was just born.

At Sammons & Carpenter, we treat birth injury cases with the caring respect that they deserve. We also use our considerable legal skills and expertise to help family members recover the maximum in damages so that healthcare providers pay for what they have done. To learn more about how we can help you after a birth injury occurred, contact our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers today at (404) 991-5950.

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