Lake County Birth Injury Attorney
Childbirth is not just a joyous experience for the mother, but often also a traumatic, and stressful experience. When newborn babies suffer birth injuries as a result of medical negligence, Lake County birth injury attorney Julie Glade steps in to provide legal representation and help parents move forward with their lives.
When the mother or the child receives improper, inappropriate or inadequate medical care during birth, the baby may be at risk of injuries. No childbirth can be guaranteed to be 100% safe, and very often, complications do occur. However, in far too many cases, these complications are entirely preventable, or the risks can be mitigated in time. When that doesn’t happen, the child may be at risk of injuries.
Birth Injury Risk Factors
In some cases, babies may be predisposed to the risk of a birth injury. For instance, a baby that is past the due date, or is too large may be at a higher risk of suffering birth injuries. Besides, when the mother has gained too much weight during pregnancy, suffers from gestational diabetes, is small -built, or has undergone a prolonged labor, the risk of injuries increases.
Some of the most common birth injuries include:
There are a number of factors that might cause cerebral palsy, like complications during birth. However, one primary cause of cerebral palsy is birth asphyxia or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This is a condition that is typically caused by oxygen deprivation during or around the time of birth. As a result of the lack of oxygen, during this crucial time, there may be damage to the cells of the baby’s brain. That damage can cause long-term health consequences, depending on the severity of the damage. In case of severe cerebral palsy, there may be long-term cognitive difficulties, mental impairment, motor impairment and other long-term health consequences.
This is a condition, in which the shoulder of the newborn baby is caught behind the pubic bone of the mother, during the childbirth process. This causes injury to the brachial plexus, and therefore, this condition is also called brachial plexus palsy. In such cases, the upper nerves of the shoulder may be damaged, and there may be long-term health consequences for the child. For example, children who suffer Erb’s palsyoften find it difficult to move the injured limb, and require physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Other common birth injuries include forceps-related injuries when forceps are used incorrectly during the delivery, Horner’s Syndrome, facial palsy, encephalopathy, and fractures.
Most of these injuries can be prevented by using appropriate medical care and intervention strategies, receiving appropriate medical support, and by preparing to react appropriately to any emergency that may occur during or before the childbirth process.
I would be happy to evaluate your case if you give me the opportunity. I have years of professional legal experience representing clients in cases involving birth injuries, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall, dog bites and wrongful death. Please schedule an appointment by placing a call to our law firm at (219) 736-0456 or by filling out the contact form on this web site. During our consultation, we can discuss your personal injury case in more detail and I can address any questions or concerns you may have about the matter. From my law office in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.