Everyone wants their child to be born healthy. You have dedicated months to doing everything possible to promote good health for your baby. You expect your birthing doctor to do the same. No one deserves to start their life at a disadvantage because of something that could have been prevented.
The birthing process is complicated with multiple variables that, if left unattended, can cause a birth injury. If a doctor or healthcare provider was inattentive, your baby could suffer from birth asphyxia. The Catonsville birth asphyxia attorneys from Brown & Barron may be able to help you get the compensation you and your child need.
The People of Catonsville Deserve to Be Heard
We know your child’s pain is your pain, which is why we are deeply passionate that your voice is heard. No one deserves to have their child robbed of being able to live a healthy life. In addition, birth injuries such as asphyxia can cause your child to have long-term mental and physical health issues.
Hiring a birth asphyxia lawyer to sue for medical malpractice can make it easier for you to focus on caring for your child’s medical needs. While you can sue for medical malpractice on your own, a lawyer has the knowledge and critical skills to best build your case.
How A Birth Asphyxia Lawyer Can Help
A birth asphyxia lawyer can help you get the justice and closure you deserve by handling mediation and other legal processes. In addition, you deserve an attorney who understands Maryland’s medical malpractice laws inside and out. A lawyer can help you file the correct paperwork to make a claim, find a certified expert to give your case credibility, and effectively present your side so that a meditation panel or court understands the gravity of the economic and noneconomical damages.
Get in touch with a birth asphyxia lawyer serving Catonsville, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
What is Birth Asphyxia?
Birth asphyxia is when there is a decrease in blood or oxygen flow to a fetus or infant. It can occur before, during, or immediately after the birthing process. When this happens, oxygen is partially or entirely cut off from the infant’s organs. This can lead to abnormally low oxygen levels in the bloodstream (hypoxemia) or excessive carbon dioxide in the bloodstream (hypercapnia).
When your infant’s vital organs, such as their muscles, liver, heart, or brain, do not receive enough oxygen, it causes an oxygen debt. In healthy bodies, an oxygen debt only occurs during intense physical activity and is restored once the body is at rest. However, in severe cases, a lack of oxygen to the brain can result in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which usually results in early infant death or severe disabilities such as:
- Mental retardation
- Cerebral Palsy
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- ADHD (in mild cases)
Birth Asphyxia Caused by Medical Malpractice
Healthcare quality dramatically increases or decreases the risk of your infant’s mortality and overall mental and physical wellbeing during the birthing process. A decrease in quality of care could be caused by medical malpractice. Birth asphyxia can be caused or worsened by a doctor’s incompetence or neglect.
Natural factors can cause asphyxia, such as prematurity and multiple births. However, it is a physician’s duty to respond accordingly to those potential complications. An attentive doctor will provide the correct information for different available treatment options.
When Can I Sue for Birth Asphyxia in Catonsville?
To sue for malpractice for birth asphyxia in Catonsville, you must submit a claim within the earlier of either five years of the injury or three years of discovering the injury per Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109. In addition, after you file a claim, you must provide a certificate of a certified expert within 90 days, according to Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-2C-02.
A certified expert must make a statement that your medical physician failed to meet a standard of medical care. Once your claim is filed, you will go to mediation, where most likely, the problem will be resolved. If this is not the case, you can appeal to take your case to court.
When the Physician is Responsible
A physician can be held responsible for medical malpractice if they displayed medical negligence that directly caused harm to you or your baby. Medical negligence could include:
- The misuse of medical tools
- Inattentiveness during the birthing process
- Failure to investigate your medical history that could have contributed to the risks of the birth and caused the birth injury
- Proceeding with a treatment for you or your baby without your consent
Suing for medical malpractice can hold your physician and the whole medical field accountable for their mistakes. It could serve as a reminder that negligent practices are not acceptable, and the potential consequences of negligence can be severe and irreversible.
When the Hospital is Responsible
Hospitals are responsible for hiring competent, ethical people who will do their job to the best of their abilities. A failure to put procedures into place that ensure they are delivering the best services to their patients is committing medical malpractice. You can sue a hospital if an employee performs the malpractice. If your birthing doctor is a contractor, you will have to sue the doctor directly.
Get Help with Your Claim Today by Contacting a Birth Asphyxia Lawyer at Our Firm
Our law firm has skilled lawyers that can advocate for you during negotiations and, if necessary, in court. You deserve to work with a responsive, communicative lawyer who is available for any legal questions you have. Our Catonsville birth asphyxia attorneys are dedicated to supporting all your needs during the legal process. We pride ourselves on being result-oriented and have collectively recovered multiple million-dollar settlements.
You deserve a lawyer who is personable, understanding, and compassionate. At Brown & Barron, we seek justice for our clients and accountability for unlawful practices of medical institutions. We want to restore the lives of the people in Catonsville by ensuring that their voices are heard. If you have suffered from negligent medical care, call our office for a free consultation to discuss your claim and the potential outcomes for your case.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a birth asphyxia lawyer serving Catonsville.