Atlanta Birth Injury Lawyer
Compensation for Atlanta Birth Injuries
You can come to The Tolson Firm, LLC for help pursuing a medical malpractice judgment against a doctor who has caused birth injuries to your child. Many injuries of this nature are fully avoidable, and are often the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of an obstetrician, nurse, anesthesiologist or other practitioner. Whether you are already certain that malpractice is the cause of the injury, or if you merely suspect this to be the case, an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer from our firm can consult with you to determine the best course of action. Ms. Tolson was personally selected by Johnnie Cochran to work in the Atlanta office of his practice, and since founding her own firm she has earned an excellent reputation, including being named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia. We have litigated dozens of multi-million dollar cases on behalf of our clients and their loved ones, and are ready to begin work on your claim today.
Doctors and other healthcare providers receive an enormous trust from patients, and when they violate this trust through negligent actions or omissions, the patient has a right to demand compensation. Malpractice insurance companies have teams of dedicated defense attorneys to prevent paying on a claim, so it is vital to have an aggressive advocate on your side.
The question to determine whether you have grounds for a malpractice claim is, "Did the doctor's negligence cause the injury?" Negligence is characterized by a failure to exercise reasonable care and precaution to prevent injuries, as well as any actions which fall short of the standards of the profession. You should not assume that the doctor did everything which could be done to avoid an injury.
Types of Birth Injuries
We represent parents whose children have suffered any type of birth injury, from those caused by unnecessary procedures or a failure to take needful action to those which result from incompetence and mistakes in using equipment such as forceps and vacuum extraction. Whether the injury required immediate short term care or if it will lead to a lifetime of disability, we can help you pursue compensation.
Detecting a Birth Injury
Many birth injuries are immediately obvious at the time of delivery, but others may take days, weeks, months or even years to fully manifest. If you suspect that your child is suffering from a medical condition caused by a doctor's malpractice, come to our firm to discuss the matter and determine whether a birth injury may be at fault.
It is common for a newborn to develop a mild case of jaundice, resulting from the bilirubin produced in the breakdown of red blood cells after birth. When excessive levels of bilirubin are present in the baby's body, complications such as cerebral palsy, hearing loss or brain damage can result, and immediate treatment is required to prevent such injuries.
Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves leading into the hand, the arm and the shoulder, and it is susceptible to injury during birth. If these nerves are stretched or torn through shoulder dystocia, the child may suffer from Erb's palsy or require invasive surgery to repair the tissue.
A newborn child who has suffered from oxygen deprivation to the brain during birth is at risk of suffering long-term, permanent brain damage leading to disability or death. Brain cooling is a treatment which involves lowering the temperature of the baby's cranium by using a cooled cap or by placing the child on a mattress filled with cooled fluid, with the intention of reducing the spread of brain damage.
Brain injuries are among the most common forms of birth trauma, and they can have tragic consequences for the child. An infant who suffers cerebral injury through oxygen deprivation or improper use of equipment such as forceps or vacuum extractors may face a lifetime of partial or full disability, while many brain injuries are fatal.
Chemical Birth Defects
Some birth defects are caused by prenatal exposure to certain toxic chemicals, including many of the substances used in the workplace. If you came into contact with hazardous chemical substances as a result of another party's negligence, you may be able to recover a settlement.
Cerebral palsy is often the result of the baby suffering oxygen deprivation during childbirth, as well as from untreated cases of severe jaundice. It is a form of brain damage, leading to various degrees of permanent physical disability. A doctor or nurse who failed to take action to relieve your child's lack of oxygen during labor may be liable for the injury.
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs during childbirth when the child's brain is deprived of the necessary supply of oxygen to continue normal operation. It can lead to the death of brain cells after a very short period of time, and can result in serious complications including coma, cerebral palsy and death.
Delays in Development
A large percentage of birth injuries go undetected for many months or years after the birth and are only diagnosed when the child fails to develop at the normal rate. Every child's development follows a unique schedule, but if you have noticed significant delays in reaching benchmarks such as sitting up, crawling, walking or talking, it is advisable to seek a medical examination to determine whether a birth injury is the cause.
When the nerves contained in the brachial plexus are severed in a traumatic injury during birth, the child will most likely suffer from Erb's palsy, which is a form of paralysis afflicting the muscles in the arm. Shoulder dystocia is a leading cause, and invasive surgery may be required to reverse the condition.
A large percentage of babies are born with some form of jaundice, but the condition normally clears up quickly. Cases of severe, persistent jaundice require immediate treatment, as the child may develop kernicterus, a form of brain damage caused by excessive bilirubin. The child may suffer hearing loss, cerebral palsy or even mental retardation.
Pitocin is a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin. It is used in childbirth to induce labor or to increase the strength and duration of contractions when delivery is not progressing according to the expected schedule. It can cause fetal distress, as well as potentially initiating a cascading series of interventions leading to a C-section.
Babies who are born before the pregnancy has reached full term are at risk of suffering from severe long term health complications, and many premature deliveries result in the death of the child. The medical staff attending a premature delivery must take extreme precaution to avoid mistakes in this critical situation, as well as during neonatal care.
Paraplegia & Quadriplegia
Injuries to the spinal cord during birth can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, which leave the child with partial or full paralysis of the limbs. A child born with either of these conditions faces a lifetime of disability and may never be financially self-sufficient. If medical negligence is at fault for the injury, you have a right to pursue legal action.
Certain types of brain injuries sustained during birth are capable of causing mental retardation, ranging from mild to severe cognitive impairment. Symptoms may include social and behavioral issues, memory problems and difficulty in the development of language skills. Leading causes include oxygen deprivation and trauma resulting from improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors.
A child born with microcephaly will likely suffer from reduced brain function and may have a limited life expectancy. The condition is characterized by a smaller than normal size of the head and the brain. It often occurs as a result of inherited genetic abnormalities, but is sometimes caused by brain injuries inflicted during delivery of the child.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the channel of nerves which makes it possible for the brain to control the limbs and regulate the function of the vital organs, and it is highly susceptible to injury during childbirth. If your child received any type of spinal cord injury, the result may be a lifetime of partial or full disability.
Labor & Delivery Problems
Medical science has made great advances in the field of obstetrics, with the result that the infant mortality rate is far lower than in previous years. Doctors and nurses still make mistakes, and if medical negligence caused you or your baby to suffer any form of preventable injury, you can claim compensation.
Shoulder dystocia places the child at risk of severe long term health complications or death, and it requires immediate medical intervention. If your doctor's failure to take effective action to resolve the situation caused infant fatality, Erb's palsy or cerebral palsy, an attorney from our firm may be able to help you recover a settlement.
Fetal Heart Tracing
Most hospital deliveries will be performed with continuous fetal heart tracing, to allow the doctor and nurses to monitor the baby's safety and progress. Certain indications, such as sudden increases or decreases in the fetal heart rate, should prompt the caregivers to take action to prevent injury or death, and failure to do so can provide grounds for a malpractice lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations
The courts recognize your right to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against a negligent doctor or other healthcare provider, but only for a specified period of time after the injury. If you fail to take legal action before the statute of limitations runs out, you will be deprived of the opportunity to recover any type of compensation for the injury.
If your child has suffered as a result of a doctor's negligence or carelessness, contact an Atlanta birth injury attorney
at our firm for dedicated legal representation.