If your baby suffered a brain injury at birth, you might wonder if your doctor was at fault. Although birth injuries occur for many reasons, the healthcare provider’s negligence is sometimes the cause. It is crucial to speak with a knowledgeable birth injury lawyer to determine your legal options when this happens.
Explore when a doctor may be at fault for a birth-related brain injury and how working with a team of Detroit birth-related brain injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation for you and your child.
Common Causes of Birth-Related Brain Injuries
Birth-related brain injuries are serious injuries often caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain before, during, or after delivery. Both hypoxia and anoxia are forms of oxygen deprivation. Hypoxia reduces a baby’s access to oxygen, while anoxia completely cuts it off. Anoxia usually results in more damaging brain injuries for the baby.
Lack of oxygen can cause:
- Cerebral palsy
- Seizure disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral development issues
- Motor skill development problems
- Visual impairments or blindness
Several issues can cause loss of oxygen at birth. These include:
- Placental separation
- Umbilical cord complications
- Birth canal delay
- Maternal infection
- Delivery trauma
If you suspect your baby’s brain injury is related to medical malpractice during birth, contact a lawyer at Fieger Law to review your case. We will look at the facts surrounding your child’s birth to determine if doctor or hospital staff negligence is responsible for your child’s brain injury. We have the resources necessary to stand up for your child’s rights and seek damages on your family’s behalf.
When Is the Doctor at Fault?
Determining fault in a birth injury case can be difficult. A birth injury lawyer with Fieger Law can look over your case and identify whether your baby’s doctor acted negligently. They can also determine if their actions led directly to your child’s brain injury.
A few examples of medical negligence include the following actions by a doctor or birthing staff:
- Did not identify or treat a maternal infection
- Used excessive force when delivering a baby
- Used outdated tools like vacuums or forceps to deliver your baby
- Did not take appropriate action to remove your child from the birth canal
- Failed to identify and address umbilical cord concerns
- Failed to perform a C-section when medically necessary
With Fieger Law, you can pursue maximum compensation for your baby’s past, current, and future medical bills. We can also help you seek compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.
As we review your case information, we look for several elements to determine if medical negligence played a part in your baby’s injuries. Our experienced attorneys will need to find evidence that:
- Your baby’s injury was preventable with the appropriate precautions, treatments, and care
- The doctor/staff willfully or unintentionally failed to meet the standard of care for the profession
- The provider’s lack of proper action caused your baby’s brain injury
If we find that your baby’s birth injuries were caused by negligence, we can help you pursue maximum compensation under your state’s laws. In most cases, this means filing a medical malpractice claim for economic damages like medical bills and the cost of medical supplies and care. It also includes non-economic damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Schedule a Consultation with Fieger Law
Contact Fieger Law today if you believe your baby suffered a birth-related brain injury due to a doctor or hospital’s negligence. We are passionate about helping victims of medical malpractice receive the compensation they deserve.
We have over 30 years of experience going up against hospitals and practitioners whose negligence caused devastating birth injuries. We will fight for a fair settlement on your behalf. We serve clients nationwide, so contact us no matter where your baby’s birth injury occurred.
Reach out to the team at Fieger Law today. Schedule your free consultation with one of our team to start your case.