Unfortunately, childbirth and pregnancy can have complications without the interference of a medical practitioner engaging in negligence or malpractice. If the presiding health care worker is anything less than professional, then the risks of complications severely increase, putting the mother and/or child at insignificant risk.
If you or your child suffer from an injury that took place during the birth of a child do not hesitate to contact Buckley Law Offices and speak with an experienced birth injury lawyer today.
It may seem obvious to you why a doctor or nurse or entire hospital is responsible for a birth injury affecting your child, but explaining how something happened and proving it in a court of law is unfortunately not the same thing. While you may be entitled to compensation for what happened to you and your family, actually getting that money in your hands can be a challenge. Hospitals, insurance companies, and even doctors will use whatever resources they have at their disposal to deny your claims and short you the compensation you deserve.
Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your birth injury lawsuit can also provide you with much-needed extra time to spend with your injured child. Buckley Law Offices can level the playing field and give you the best chance at recovering the financial compensation you need.
Our lawyers know how completely devastating a birth injury can be; that’s why we work aggressively to defend patient rights and fight for families like yours.
Birth injuries can sometimes happen in the best of circumstances, as in cases where the doctor did nothing wrong. However, if the healthcare provider does anything less than the standard of care, it can greatly increase the risk of birth injury. In New Hampshire, as well as in Massachusetts, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers are legally obligated to provide the best care possible for their patients.
Birth injuries may occur when an infant receives below-standard medical care before, during, or after birth. The extent of the birth injury will, unfortunately, rely on how and why they were injured.
If the umbilical cord is wrapped around their neck or if delivery is unnecessarily delayed, babies may be unable to breathe. Without oxygen, the risk of brain damage is present. Brain damage can cause severe physical and mental disabilities.
When a child’s shoulders get stuck behind the mother’s pelvis during delivery, a brachial plexus injury can occur. If the situation is not corrected, the nerves that surround the spinal cord can be torn and damaged during delivery. This may impair the child’s abilities to move their arms, hands, or other extremities.
Brain damage can happen for a wide variety of reasons. But whatever the reason, brain damage can have long-lasting consequences for young children. The leading causes of brain damage are untreated/undiagnosed infections, oxygen deprivation, infant jaundice, and misuse of delivery tools.
Broken bone-related birth injuries usually occur when the medical professional is not properly trained in the use of birthing equipment such as vacuums and forceps.
Cerebral palsy is often the result of negligent prenatal care resulting in a birth injury. It’s the most common motor-based disability in childhood and can affect a child’s balance, posture, and mobility.
Many spinal cord injuries involve undiagnosed Spina bifida which occurs when the fetus is in utero. Spina bifida is characterized by vertebrae that do not fully wrap around the nerves as they should inside the spinal column. If this condition is left undiagnosed and untreated the doctors and nurses may accidentally touch the spine and cause severe damage. Spinal cord injuries cause chronic pain, limited mobility, and paralysis depending on their severity. Spinal cord injuries can be tragic and devastating for babies and families.
Birth injuries are not only tragic and devastating, they can quickly become overwhelming. Bills from doctors’ offices and hospitals can add up. Your baby’s birth injury may also have chronic or lifelong consequences such as a disability with associated lifelong costs. The emotional trauma of a birth injury can be just as devastating to a family as any physical injury as well.
Families in the state of New Hampshire have the right to hold medical professionals accountable for negligence and malpractice resulting in a birth injury by way of pursuing a birth injury lawsuit. The statute of limitation can vary based on the individual circumstance, so it is paramount that you contact a lawyer immediately when you begin to consider whether or not you have grounds to file a lawsuit. Let us review your case professionally and provide you with top-quality legal advice about the viability of your case.
If you choose us to represent you, we will seek maximum potential compensation for damages such as:
If your child was injured during birth, please contact Buckley Law Offices at your earliest convenience. Whether or not you believe the doctor or hospital staff was to blame, let us decide. We have a long history (over thirty years) of fighting for families like yours, and we will do what is necessary to provide your family with the highest quality legal advice during your free consultation.