Birth Injuries



Indianapolis Child Injury Lawyers

Infant's FeetWhat is arguably one of the most important days in a parent’s life can quickly take a turn for the worst. Childbirth can be tainted if negligence or improper care on the part of the attending nurses or doctors results in a birth injury that will likely forever change the life of the child and family.

During pregnancy, labor, and childbirth, both the mother and the unborn baby must be closely monitored for dangerous conditions such as hypoxia and fetal distress. If they are not, devastating and life-threatening conditions such as brain or nerve damage and cerebral palsy may occur. If you suspect that your child was injured due to the negligence of the attending nurse, physician, or other party, please contact Jacobs Law, LLC today to learn more about your legal rights.

What are Birth Injuries?

A difficult birth or injury to the baby may be caused from the baby’s size or position during labor or delivery. Conditions sometimes associated with a difficult birth can include large babies, prolonged labor, premature birth, an abnormal birthing presentation, cephalopelvic disproportion where the pelvic is too small to accommodate the baby, or dystocia. If the attending physician fails to provide care based on one or more of the aforementioned factors, he or she may be held responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur.

One of the most severe health conditions caused by medical malpractice during childbirth is cerebral palsy, a condition that occurs due to a lack of oxygen in the unborn baby’s brain. While cerebral palsy is not always considered a birth injury, medical malpractice might have played a role if delivery was delayed, the child was severely jaundiced, or the mother had pre-eclampsia. Cerebral palsy can have a lifelong impact on the child and his or her family because it encompasses several neurological disorders that can hinder body movement and muscle coordination. Other serious birth injuries may include:

  • Facial paralysis
  • Bruising or forceps marks
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
  • Fractured bones
  • Brain injury due to a lack of oxygen
  • Swelling of the baby’s scalp
  • Cephalohematoma

Importance of Seeking Legal Counsel

Distinguishing between unavoidable circumstances and injuries caused by irresponsibility or negligence is a challenge that often requires the assistance of an experienced birth injury attorney. At Jacobs Law, LLC, we understand that many factors can contribute to complications during labor and childbirth, including the timing of the delivery, the mother’s health, and the position of the baby. Additionally, certain methods and instruments used by the medical team may contribute or hasten complications and cause injury or death.

It is important to work with a birth injury attorney who will have the resources and contacts required to pursue a successful claim against those responsible. Having a birth injury lawyer in your corner can also help you to retain some of the best medical experts in the field to support your case, as well as a panel of physicians and healthcare providers who can provide professional interpretations of the medical issues at hand. Jacobs Law, LLC may also be able to assist you by providing the court with a prognosis on the future needs of your child and family in terms of what is needed in regards to education, medical care, rehabilitation, housing, and personal care.

Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer Today

At Jacobs Law, LLC, our birth injury lawyers have been helping the mothers and their injured children who have been harmed during labor or childbirth. For more than 25 years, we have handled medical malpractice cases against attending physicians and other parties whose negligence resulted in injuries or deaths. Our goal in every birth injury case we handle is to help families to obtain the financial compensation to which they may be entitled to help to pay for the services and care necessary for their children to succeed. For more information about how we can help you and to receive a free consultation, please call us toll-free today at (877) 418-5589.