Baltimore Childbirth Injuries Lawyer
The labor and delivery process is very demanding on a woman and her body. Most women expect some degree of pain before, during, and after giving birth. Unfortunately, many women suffer injuries that go beyond what is typical and often, those injuries are permanent. Many times, these injuries are preventable and are only the result of negligent medical professionals who assisted the mother during the birthing process.
If you have suffered injuries after giving birth, you may be entitled to financial compensation. It is important to speak to a Baltimore childbirth injury lawyer that can advise on a potential claim.
Common Childbirth Injuries
In the majority of cases, childbirth injuries occur due to babies that are very large. Likewise, the potential for injuries becomes much greater when a woman has a pelvic bone that is unusually positioned or is very small. These factors can contribute to some tearing during the birthing process.
It is important women know though, that while minor tearing is very common during birth, substantial tears are much less common and may be a sign of medical malpractice. Significant tearing can result in painful intercourse and incontinence, and they usually need surgery. Mothers delivering large babies may also suffer from certain bone injuries, such as a fractured coccyx.
Large babies can also cause women to suffer uterine ruptures, although this is much more rare than tearing. Trauma during the childbirth process can result in uterine ruptures, but the size of the infant is also a factor in these cases. For example, a larger baby can place strain on a scar in the uterus from a previous C-section, causing it to rupture. Uterine ruptures can result in hemorrhaging, urological problems and in the worst of cases, even death.
Other childbirth injuries have nothing to do with the size of the infant. For example, uterine inversion is an injury that involves the placenta remaining attached to the uterus, eventually causing it to turn inside out. This is a very serious childbirth injury that can cause many complications. A uterine inversion can require a woman to undergo an emergency hysterectomy.
Damages Available for Childbirth Injuries
As with any other type of medical malpractice, women can file a lawsuit against negligent healthcare professionals to recover damages, or financial compensation, for the losses they sustained as a result of a childbirth injury. This compensation can help injured individuals recover the actual costs they have incurred as a result of their injury, such as medical and surgical expenses.
Civil damages can also help women recover other types of damages, as well. For example, if the injuries to a woman caused her significant pain and suffering, these losses could be included in a claim. Or, if a woman wanted to have more biological children in the future but had to have a hysterectomy as a result of the injury, the emotional distress felt can also be included in a claim.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Baltimore Can Help You Claim Full Damages
If you have been hurt during the childbirth process due to negligent medical staff, our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers can help. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC, we know the devastation childbirth injuries cause, and we are dedicated to helping you make it right. Call us today at 410.567.0800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.