Birth Injuries Medical Malpractice Law Firm in Washington DC and Maryland

The impairment of neonatal body function is often caused by negligence during the prenatal period or during the actual delivery. In some cases, negligence occurs during the neonatal period itself and causes a birth injury.

If negligence and a critical medical error occurred during any step of the process, our medical experts and lawyers will find the evidence. Our firm meticulously reviews all medical records, including the electronic fetal heart monitor strips, to explain the exact cause of the birth injury. We will use the evidence we find to prove that negligence caused a birth injury.

Our firm is totally dedicated towards ensuring that all of your questions are answered and that you receive our very best legal advocacy.

Although birth trauma has decreased over time due to improved obstetric care and increased use of cesarean delivery, we still see many instances of preventable injuries. These injuries can have devastating effects and sometimes last a lifetime. Our mission is to make sure you receive proper and fair compensation to help pay for the challenges ahead.

Birth trauma commonly occurs in the head, neck, and shoulders. Less frequent injuries are to the face, abdomen, and lower limbs.

Head Trauma

Head trauma can include superficial lesions or hemorrhages both outside the skull (extracranial) or within the skull (intracranial). Head trauma can also result in skull fractures. When a baby suffers a skull fracture, it is generally due to the misuse of instruments during a vaginal delivery. 

Hemorrhages

Cephalohematoma

This is a blood clot found between the skull and the membrane surrounding the skull. This occurs due to the rupture of blood vessels because of the misuse of vaccum extraction or forceps during delivery.

Subgaleal hemorrhage

Trauma to the head during labor and delivery could cause this type of injury. This is a collection of blood located within the loose connective tissue of the subgaleal space. The subgaleal space is located between the galea aponeurotica (tissue covering upper part of the cranium) and the periosteum (tissue which envelops bones). As in the case of a cephalohematoma, these are caused by the misuse of forceps or vacuum extraction during delivery. However, a subgaleal hemorrhage is a much more serious injury.

Facial Nerve Injuries

These occur due to head trauma during labor and delivery. These injuries occur due to pressure on the facial nerve by forceps. The result is a baby’s diminished movement or loss of motion on one side of the face.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Brachial plexus injuries

The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spinal cord to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed or torn from the spinal cord.

Erbs-Duchenne palsy

This is caused by a brachial plexus injury of the fifth and sixth cervical nerve roots. The baby suffers from weakness in the upper arm.

Klumpke’s palsy

This is caused by a brachial plexus injury of the eighth cervical and first thoracic nerves. The baby suffers from paralysis of the muscles of the hand.

Ocular Injuries

The misuse of forceps during delivery can cause a significant ocular injury resulting in corneal abrasions and vitreous (gel-like substance within the eye) hemorrhages.

Count On Us

If medical negligence was the cause of a birth injury, then you must act quickly and contact a medical malpractice law firm. There is a time limit for filing a lawsuit.

Please contact us for more information about your case so that we may determine the best course of action.

You can count on our total dedication to you. We rely on the best experts to help us evaluate your case. With our firm on your side, you will have an attorney directly available to you.  Contact us at 202-330-6290 or info@serranolegal.com for a free initial consultation.

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