Baltimore Birth Injury Attorneys Help Heartbroken Parents Find Answers
Protecting the rights and well-being of families affected by a mistake or negligence
After having a baby, you’re facing incredible new responsibilities, and even under the best circumstances, you’re both physically and emotionally drained. But if you or your child were injured during the birthing process due to a doctor’s unsafe practices or medical negligence, it can seem impossible to give everyone the care they require. When you contact Mallon & McCool, LLC, we’ll ensure you receive superior legal representation to help secure the support you need.
What causes birth injuries?
If you believe you or your child is a victim of a birth injury, it can be important to understand the differences between birth injuries and birth trauma. Birth injuries refer to any systemic damage suffered by the child or mother during delivery. Birth trauma refers specifically to mechanical or physical injuries, usually caused by a breech birth, which occurs in 1 out of every 25 full-term births, and can be dangerous if not handled properly. There are many factors which can cause a birth injury, including:
- Use of excessive force: If a child isn’t positioned correctly for delivery, a doctor may try to pull the child through, twisting or breaking a limb
- Misuse of instruments: Rough handling with forceps or the vacuum equipment doctors use can put excessive pressure on a child’s skull or body
- Respiratory distress and lack of oxygen: A child’s neck can get wrapped in the umbilical cord during delivery or their lungs may not work properly once delivered, which can lead to damage or even death if a child is not treated immediately
- Exposure to bacteria during delivery: If the delivery room isn’t properly sterilized, a child may contract a harmful infection
- Prescribing harmful medications: The wrong drug or mixture of drugs just before or during the birthing procedure – including an epidural – can do irreparable damage to a child’s health
- Lack of planning for a Cesarean section: If a doctor is unprepared to perform a C-section on a mother under duress, important time can be lost during which a child may be contorted or unable to breathe
With proper planning and training, your doctor should be ready to handle any complications and avoid these mistakes. However, if your child is having difficulty breathing or feeding, persistent vomiting, seizures or weakness in his or her limbs or body, it is likely that a birth injury occurred, and you can be eligible for compensation as you seek treatment.
Can birth injuries be treated
Birth injuries vary in both severity and care requirements, and may require testing including X-rays or MRIs in order to fully diagnose. Some minor injuries will heal without treatment, but others may require surgery, occupational or speech therapy, or medication on a temporary or ongoing basis.
You’ll want to find a specialist who can provide the most experienced care for your child, and that means you want an attorney who can help fight for your rights and for the compensation you deserve for your suffering and your child’s. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are ready to provide aggressive legal representation on your behalf.
Talk to an experienced Maryland lawyer about your legal options following a birth injury
If you or your child have suffered any kind of trauma or damage during childbirth, put our legal talents to work for you. The injury lawyers at Mallon & McCool, LLC have more than 60 years of combined experience at your disposal. We provide free legal consultations. Call our Baltimore office at (410)-727-7887, contact us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We are proud to serve the following cities & counties, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince George’s County and all surrounding areas.