Maryland Birth Complications Lawyer
Birth injuries and complications are not what parents expect when they’re in the delivery room. Given that babies are born every day, they think that everything will go well—and most times, they do.
But if a doctor does something or fails to do something, it can lead to a serious injury or medical issue. While many injuries are minor and heal on their own, many cause long-term or even lifelong effects.
When a doctor’s negligence causes harm to your baby, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or medical professional who delivered the baby. Medical negligence occurs when a doctor’s performance falls below the expected standard of care.
Ready to file a lawsuit? Contact the Maryland birth complications lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman to learn more about your legal options.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can be caused by:
- Improper use of forceps. Forceps may be used to help with delivery when a mother is having a difficult time or the baby is improperly positioned in the womb. However, if not used properly, forceps can cause nerve damage as well as injuries to the head.
- Improper use of vacuum extractor. Vacuums can be latched onto a baby’s head or shoulder to guide the baby through the birth canal. Doctors and nurses are responsible for properly placing the vacuum on the infant. However, improper use can injure both the mother and baby.
- Delay in ordering a cesarean section. The doctor should order an emergency C-section if the baby is suffering from fetal distress. Fetal distress is often shown by a reduced heart rate that may occur due to a sudden drop in the mother’s blood pressure, slowed labor, placental abruption, cord prolapses, and placenta previa.
- Hypoxia. This occurs when the fetus’ brain is not receiving enough oxygen. This can happen due to an infection, tangled umbilical cord, or damaged placenta. If the baby is without oxygen for too long, it can lead to physical and mental disabilities.
- Lack of referral and communication. High-risk babies should be treated by specialty doctors who can best help the baby. Doctors and nurses should communicate with each other as well as the parents on the best course of action. This includes updating them on any changes to the baby’s health.
- Failure to properly use Pitocin. Pitocin is a strong labor-inducing drug that is very effective and is used properly. If not used properly, though, it can cause complications.
Contact Us Today
A birth injury can be complex, costly, and devastating for the baby and parents. Be sure to understand your legal options.
Did your baby experience a birth injury or complication? If so, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman. Our birth injury attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of lawsuits and can determine whether your child was injured due to medical malpractice. Call (410) 567-0800 to schedule a consultation with our office.