The birth of a child is an incredible, emotional time for families, but it can be very dangerous for mother and child. When problems arise in pregnancy or the labor itself, they can lead to brain damage and other types of injury for the child. These injuries can create disabilities for the child for the rest of his or her life.
There are many types of conditions that can stem from problems during pregnancy and labor. Some, such as Erb's palsy, can be caused by a doctor's mistakes in trying to extract a baby during a difficult birth. Others are caused when something blocks the flow of oxygen to the fetus.
Doctors and other medical care providers are highly trained to detect and try to correct problems during pregnancy and labor. When they negligently make mistakes that lead to injury to the child, they can be held liable for the financial damages caused to the child and the family.
Money may be the last thing on the minds of new parents who are just trying to care for their injured baby. However, the financial damages that stem from a birth injury can be substantial. A child who is injured at birth may be left with a lifelong condition. These conditions can require extensive treatment, and they may even mean that the child will never grow up to be financially self-sufficient.
At Savinis & Kane LLC, we have helped many families recover compensation for the damages they suffered due to medical malpractice and birth injury. These cases are technically, legally and emotionally difficult, but we understand how important they can be in helping families to cope with the long-term effects of a devastating injury. For more information, see our birth injury web page.