Nebraska Birth Injury Lawyers
Obstetrical Malpractice - Helping Babies Who Have Been Injured at Birth
Modern obstetrical practice teaches health care providers to watch for labor abnormalities that may indicate an unborn child needs help. Technological advances allow immediate detection of labor abnormalities and fetal distress, enabling health care providers to take quick action to alleviate these potentially dangerous conditions. When these signs are not recognized, both the mother and her unborn child are at risk. During labor, a baby can lose oxygen or suffer trauma, either of which can result in a number of injuries that can last for a child's entire life.
Such medical errors and the injuries they produce are inexcusable and can result in difficulties for children and their families as they cope with the disabilities that result. Those who cause such injuries during birth can be held liable by Cullan & Cullan LLC Nebraska birth injury attorneys, who can win compensation for families in order to aid with medical expenses, rehabilitation, as well as pain and suffering.
What Mistakes Result in Birth Injuries?
Although delivery is a common procedure in hospitals across the United States, it is still a delicate process which must be carefully handled in order to not result in injury to the baby or mother. Errors during birth that can cause injury include:
- Failure to diagnose dangerous conditions;
- Improper use of forceps, vacuum extractors, and other devices;
- Too much medication, such as pitocin and cytotec, in an attempt to force a vaginal delivery;
- Inexperienced labor and delivery nurses who fail to understand the significance of labor abnormalities;
- Failure to plan accordingly and respond appropriately to a suspected large baby,
- Improper response by medical staff to complications, such as breech birth, prolonged labor, dystocia, arrest disorders, vaginal bleeding, and meconium fluid; and
- Unsafe techniques that exert too much force on an infant's delicate body.
Because a newborn's body is incredibly fragile and can be easily injured, negligent or reckless actions by medical staff are likely to harm the child. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the body parts affected, there could be life-long complications as a result.
Brain damage can present in many ways, depending on the extent of the damage and the region of the brain affected.
Trauma and lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth is a known cause of cerebral palsy. When fetal distress was either not recognized or not appropriately acted upon, the consequences to the baby may be catastrophic. Brain damage can present itself in many ways, depending on the extent of the damage and the region of the brain affected. Similarly, cerebral palsy has a range of severity, from the loss of focal muscle control to total quadriplegia. Often, families are left in the dark as to the cause of their child's abnormalities when this is caused by a medical staff member's errors.
Brachial Plexus Palsy
The brachial plexus is the series of nerves located in the upper middle section of the spinal column that transfers signals between the brain and shoulder, arm, and hand area. Severe trauma to the shoulder can damage these nerves and cause a loss of function of either side or possibly both arms. During birth, if a baby's shoulder is stuck behind the pelvic bone of the mother during delivery, known as shoulder dystocia, the doctor must perform very specific and delicate maneuvers to unwedge the shoulder. If a doctor does not perform it correctly, or exerts force on the infant to deliver it, such damage is likely to occur. The effects of such an injury can result in permanent paralysis.
A Proven Record of Success in Obstetrical Malpractice in Nebraska
Cullan & Cullan LLC has specialized medical experience and knowledge in obstetrics. This enables our Omaha injury lawyers to represent babies injured at birth with the skill and expertise necessary to maximize recovery for these babies. Life-long injuries will necessitate life-long needs, including therapy, surgery, equipment, and care. The associated financial costs are tremendous. Cullan & Cullan LLC have a proven record in recovering the maximum amount available from the medical insurance companies in order to minimize the financial impact such injuries will have on the injured baby and his or her family.
We welcome your calls about obstetrical malpractice cases. Contact us at (402) 397-7600 for an appointment. Our physician/trial lawyers represent clients nationwide.
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