After a negligent medical professional or prescription drug injures your infant, you should speak with an Evansville birth injury lawyer. Victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries have legal rights that need to be protected.
Woods & Woods always offers free legal consultations to families of birth injury victims. Since 1985, our law firm has fought for thousands of injured people located right here in the Tri-State area. For help, just call (866) 232-5777 or simply fill out the contact form.
Common Types of Evansville Birth Injury Lawsuits
The U.S. National Institute of Health reports that birth injuries are relatively rare, only 37 traumas per 1000 births. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that $2.6 billion are spent annually on birth defects. When a birth injury does occur, they can seriously hurt a family’s financial present and future. For example, the CDC estimates that the lifetime care of a child with cerebral palsy was nearly $1 million in 2003, that cost has skyrocketed since.
Delay in Ordering a Caesarian Section (C-Section): Doctors are responsible for determining when a C-section must occur. To prove an Evansville birth injury lawsuit, you are going to have to show that the doctor’s decision was negligent. Some instances of negligence are if the delay happened because of insurance concerns, if the doctor misses warning signs of problems with the baby or mother, if the doctor doesn’t notice the baby’s signs of distress, and sometimes it’s from the hospital being understaffed.
Improper Forceps and Vacuum Use: Misusing forceps and vacuums leads to many birth injuries. Below you can see a list of medical conditions related to birth injuries. A large number of these conditions are related to improper forceps use. If you believe this is how your child suffered the injury, we highly suggest you speak with an Evansville birth injury lawyer about your case.
Prescription Drug Injuries: Many birth defects and injuries are actually from medicines taken during pregnancy. Your Evansville birth injury lawyer at Woods & Woods can investigate if the mother’s prescription medicine is related to the child’s injuries. There is a section later in this article dedicated to birth injuries from prescription medicines.
Compensation Available From Evansville Birth Injury Lawsuits
While an Evansville birth injury lawyer cannot heal your child, they can hold negligent medical professionals liable for their actions. An Evansville birth injury lawsuit may encompass a wide-array of different forms of recovery. Each Evansville birth injury lawsuit is going to be different and recovery will be based upon the facts from that particular case. Here are some of the forms of monetary recovery some families may receive from an Evansville birth injury lawsuit:
Hospital Costs: After a birth injury, many infants must spend weeks in an ICU. As you already know, the ICU is so expensive, it can sink a family’s finances. An Evansville birth injury lawyer may be able to recover money to pay for your newborn’s unexpected hospital bills from a birth injury. If your child’s injury is from medical malpractice, you shouldn’t have to pay those outrageous hospital bills.
Medical Bills: There may be more medical bills related to your child’s injury after the medical malpractice event. Your child’s injuries may force them to visit doctor after doctor for months after the medical malpractice event. These bills could potentially be reimbursed if your Evansville birth injury lawyer is successful.
Future Medical Costs: Your child’s injuries may require lifetime or years of care from medical professionals. If your child’s injuries are permanent and require future medical care, an Evansville birth injury lawyer may be able to also recover money for future medical costs. Many families aren’t sure how they are going to pay for their child’s future medical bills and an Evansville birth injury lawsuit may be their solution.
Lost Wages: Your child may never be able to enter the workforce after a birth injury. Sometimes, victims of birth injuries can receive compensation to fill this void. If needed, an Evansville birth injury lawyer may use experts to help. Some Evansville birth injury lawsuits may include this type of compensation for your injured child.
Loss of a Loved One: If your family lost a newborn because of medical negligence, an Evansville wrongful death lawyer may be able to help. While this type of compensation cannot bring back your child, it can help your family get through this tough time.
Medical Conditions Often Related to Medical Negligence in an Evansville Birth Injury Lawsuit
Brachial Plexus Injuries: The brachial plexus is a complex nerve system that sends signals from the spine to the arms, hands, and shoulder. Brachial plexus injuries happen when these nerves get compressed, stretched, or even ripped away from the spinal cord. Brachial plexus injuries can lead to paralysis, pain, stiff joints, permanent disability, muscle atrophy, and loss of feeling.
Bone Injury: Sometimes bones are broken during the birthing process. Broken bones are more common from emergency cesarean sections. However, if a doctor or medical professional are careful, broken bones shouldn’t happen. A broken bone in your infant may be a sign of medical malpractice.
Cerebral Palsy (CP): This disorder affects motor skills and the brain. The brain damage associated with cerebral palsy generally occurs during or before child birth. Many times cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder with significant medical bills. Cerebral palsy is often from a prolonged lack of oxygen. Other infants may suffer from cerebral palsy from being dropped, being pulled out too forcefully, and from birthing instrument related injuries.
Cervical Dystonia (Spasmodic Torticollis): This is a neurological condition that affects the muscles in an infant’s neck. Cervical dystonia has been linked to hypoxia and neonatal brain hemorrhages. Children with cervical dystonia often face serious developmental problems. Treatments is only moderately effective for infants with cervical dystonia. An Evansville birth injury lawyer can help if the cervical dystonia is linked to the negligence of a medical professional.
Cranial Nerve Injury: This injury can occur during or even before birth. Cranial nerve injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities and even death. Some of the most common reasons for cranial nerve injuries are from oxygen deprivation, jaundice, physical trauma, and infections in the mother. Cranial nerve injuries can lead to autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, impaired vision, and more.
Erb’s Palsy: This is a form of brachial plexus injury. This injury is generally from a lesion at the Erb’s point, where the fifth and sixth cranial nerves merge. Infants with Erb’s palsy often can’t move their upper arms and shoulders. However, many infants with this injury can move their fingers. This condition occurs when babies pass through the birth canal at an awkward angle, or if there is excessive force on the shoulders during birth, or if a birth breech occurs.
Facial Paralysis: Facial nerve palsy can cause the loss of voluntary muscle movement. Facial paralysis is often from pressure on the facial nerve during the birthing process. Pressure put on the facial nerve can be from medicine that induces labor, strong contractions, long pregnancy and labor, the use of an epidural, large baby size, or negligence from a medical professional. Facial paralysis often occurs from negligent use of forceps during birth as well.
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: This condition is a brain injury that occurs from a lack of oxygen and is also known as intrapartum asphyxia. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a leading cause of death in infants. Some of the most common reasons for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are an abnormal fetal position, excessive placenta bleeding, prolonged late stages of labor, rupture of the placenta, rupture of the uterus, and very low blood pressure in the mother.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN): This condition happens when a newborn’s circulatory system is not accustomed to breathing outside the womb. Some of the leading causes of PPHN are oxygen deprivation, fetal infection, use of antidepressants during pregnancy, low blood sugar, leakage of amniotic fluid, and more. The symptoms of PPHN are bluish skin, difficulty breathing, heart murmurs, low blood oxygen levels, rapid breathing, and rapid heart rate.
Shoulder Dystocia: This condition is a complication that happens when a newborn’s shoulders become lodged in the mother’s pelvis. Generally, this happens when the newborn’s shoulders are too big for the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia can lead to damage to the brachial plexus nerves, fractured clavicles, fractured humeri, contusions, lacerations, and birth asphyxia. Shoulder dystocia also occurs when newborns are born face first. An infant born face first may suffer stress on the neck, which creates stress on the neck and shoulder.
Spastic Quadriplegia: This condition is often a result of lack of oxygen during delivery. Early warning signs of spastic quadriplegia are changes in fetal heart rate, infections, situations that require a C-section, and prolapsed umbilical cords. Some newborns with spastic quadriplegia can trace their injuries back to the improper use of a delivery tool, which may cause head trauma. Symptoms of spastic quadriplegia are the inability to crawl and stand after 12 months, contractures, clonus, dystonia, stiff limbs, and scissoring limbs.
Spinal Cord Injury: Newborns that suffer from spinal cord injuries often have lifelong debilitating conditions. A spinal cord injury can also lead to death. The list of potential conditions from spinal cord injuries is very long. Spinal cord injuries in newborns often require lifetime medical care and daily living assistance. An Evansville birth injury lawyer can help your family obtain money for lifelong medical care and daily living assistance.
Medicines Connected to Birth Injuries
Unfortunately many Evansville birth injuries may be due to medications taken during pregnancy. You may be able to file suit against the drug manufacturer who made the medicine that caused the birth injury – even if your doctor told you about the potential drug side effects.
- Antidepressant Birth Injuries
- Celexa® Birth Injuries
- Depakote® Birth Injuries
- Diflucan® Birth Injuries
- Symbyax® Birth Injuries
- Zofran® Birth Injuries
You Can Afford an Evansville Birth Injury Lawyer
Woods & Woods Indiana personal injury lawyers only charge a fee if you win. When you hire an Evansville birth injury lawyer at Woods & Woods, you never pay upfront. Your Evansville birth injury lawyer only gets paid if your case is successful. If your Evansville birth injury lawyer does not obtain a settlement, you owe them nothing. Your Evansville birth injury lawyer at Woods & Woods will never charge for phone calls, office or home visits, phone calls, and they won’t bill by the hour.
Get Help From an Evansville Birth Injury Lawyer
When you call Woods & Woods, you will get an experienced Evansville birth injury lawyer. Since 1985, our lawyers have been fighting for injured and disabled people. Woods & Woods has successfully represented thousands of clients. We know this is a difficult time in your life, but if you hire an Evansville birth injury lawyer, that is just one less thing you have to deal with at this moment. Your Evansville birth injury lawyer will takeover your case and deal with the insurance company, doctors, hospitals, and bill collectors. When you hire an Evansville birth injury lawyer, you can focus on the things you need to in life and let your lawyer handle the lawsuit.