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There are few events in life that are more devastating for a family than experiencing a birth injury of a newborn.  The arrival of a new baby is an exciting and much-anticipated event for families.  Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children.  When these hopes and dreams are shattered due to medical malpractice, the heartbreak, sadness and grief can be overwhelming.

Birth injuries happen to thousands of newborns every year in the U.S. Many of the injuries could have been prevented by proper medical monitoring and procedures. Unfortunately, some physicians, nurses, midwives, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers provide substandard medical care.

Birth injuries can have devastating and permanent consequences, including cerebral palsy, brain damage, and various other conditions. The Law Office of Roxanne Ward, P.C. understands the trauma that comes with a birth injury—the heartache and challenges that a family with a birth-injured child experiences. We’re here to help.

Take action with a Baltimore Birth Injury Attorney

A birth injury occurs during the delivery process or immediately after the birth. If you suspect that negligent care was rendered to your newborn.  There is a broad spectrum of birth injuries, ranging from mild or temporary damage to injuries severe enough to cause a fatality. Some of the most prevalent birth injuries include:

Some of the most common causes of birth injuries are:

  • Failure to respond to an irregular fetal heartbeat, which may signal that the baby is in distress
  • Failure to timely deliver the newborn
  • Failure to anticipate birth complications
  • Failure to realize or delay in recognition that the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck
  • Misuse or excessive use of forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Inappropriate use of Pitocin (oxytocin), a hormone used to induce labor
  • Improper care after the birth of the child
  • Improper birthing techniques
  • Deprivation of oxygen
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Failure to respond to delivery complications appropriately or in a timely manner
  • Failure to identify and treat conditions such as Rh incompatibility, a maternal or fetal infection, or maternal diabetes
  • Delegation of an important procedure to an inexperienced junior staff member
  • A delay in performing a necessary Cesarean section delivery
  • Miscalculating the size of the baby, causing a traumatic delivery
  • Mishandling the baby’s skull

Certain conditions may result from a birth injury. If your child has been given a diagnosis of one of the following conditions, he or she may have been the victim of medical negligence:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Brain injury
  • Spastic quadriplegia
  • Excessive newborn jaundice
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Head Trauma
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay
  • Death of newborn or mother

Contact Our Firm

Contact our firm if you would like to discuss your potential medical malpractice case with an experienced Maryland injury attorney, schedule a free initial consultation at the Law Office of Roxanne Ward, P.C. We can be reached at 410-387-1614 or through our online contact form.