Birth Injury Attorneys in Charleston
Holding Medical Professionals Accountable
All medical professionals have an ethical and legal duty to meet standards of care when it comes to handling the treatment of their patients, including nurses, midwives, general practitioners, and OB-GYNs. When these professionals breach that standard of care, the consequences can be disastrous, and your family pays the price. Infants are the most vulnerable patients and unfortunately can be victim to birth injuries as a result of medical mistakes. Approximately 7 in every 1,000 babies suffers from preventable birth injuries. Some of these injuries may impact the way your child grows up and lives their life. If your baby was harmed by medical malpractice, our Charleston birth injury attorneys are here to listen to your story and provide dedicated advocacy in your case. Bostic Law Group, P.A. is here to help.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Medical mistakes that affect infants can occur either prior to or during labor, and in most cases, catastrophic injuries can occur when doctors fail to react quickly to complications during the delivery process.
Our team of capable attorneys represents clients whose babies have been impacted by:
- Umbilical cord problems
- C-section mistakes
- Fail to diagnose fetal distress
- Cerebral Palsy
- Bones fractures
- Erb’s Palsy
- Brain damage caused by fetal asphyxia
- Injury from improper use of forceps or vacuum suction
- Brachial plexus injuries
- HOE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy)
- VBAC complications (vaginal birth after Cesarean section)
It’s estimated that almost half of all birth injuries are avoidable if medical professionals can properly diagnose fetal and maternal risk factors. Common risk factors to be aware of include breech presentation, gestational diabetes, HELLP Syndrome, and preeclampsia.
Doctors believe that 10-25% of cerebral palsy cases are caused by injury during birth. While some birth injuries may be unavoidable, many can be prevented if professionals and doctors made different decisions.
Causes of Birth Injuries
There are numerous ways medical professionals can perform errors that are considered negligent.
Along with failing to detect or treat maternal infections, common causes of injuries include:
- Failing to regularly monitor fetal heart rate
- Pitocin dosing errors
- Delayed Cesarian section delivery
- Excessive force when using forceps or vacuum
- Failure to detect or respond to fetal distress
- Improper management of shoulder dystocia
- Failure to treat umbilical cord problems or placental abruption
What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need?
Hiring a birth injury attorney who focuses on various injuries is important if you want to pursue justice on your family’s behalf. Our lawyers are well-versed in birth injuries and can collect the information needed to strengthen your claim. We also have the resources to consult various medical professionals who can provide testimonies for your case.
While no amount of financial compensation can make up for your baby’s injuries, they can help your family recover from financial repercussions and begin paving a way for your child’s future.
We can help you collect compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses, including surgeries, hospital stays, and aftercare
- Wrongful death
- Loss of earnings
- Home care
Certain birth injuries accrue additional costs for providing for home care for your baby, including needed therapy, rehabilitation, and equipment. Your child may be disabled or have permanent damage that requires lifelong care and treatment. Our team can make sure you’re covered so you don’t need to worry about how you’re going to provide for your child’s life.
Our Charleston birth injury attorneys are ready to help you move forward with your life. Call us at (843) 350-9646 to take your first step today.
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