In What Situations Can I Sue for Negligence?
Broadly defined, “negligence” means that someone has failed to live up to the “duty of care” owed to another person in a given situation. From the doctors who provide us with healthcare services to the other drivers on our roads, we can hold individuals and organizations accountable when they have been negligent with our safety. When it comes to birth injuries, these actions can impact not only our own lives but also the lives of our children. By seeking compensation, you may be better able to provide care, resources, and support for your child in the future.
- Fetal lacerations and cuts
- Birth trauma due to prolonged labor
- Infant brain damage
- Fetal acidosis (buildup of acid in the bloodstream)
- Preventable infections and sepsis
- Untreated jaundice
- Perinatal asphyxia (loss of oxygen)
- Bone and skull fractures
- Placental abruption
- Brachial plexus injuries (also may be called “shoulder dystocia”)
Aside from requiring immediate medical attention, these injuries may also result in the following long-term disabilities and conditions:
- Cerebral palsy (CP) – A severe motor disability typically caused by brain damage from pregnancy infections, asphyxia, or untreated jaundice.
- Erb’s palsy: Erb-Duchenne palsy or “Erb’s palsy” occurs due to shoulder dystocia or brachial plexus injury – and it leads to permanent damage in the baby’s shoulder, arms, and hands.
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): Caused by lack of oxygen or birth asphyxia, babies with HIE may develop epilepsy, motor disabilities, and developmental problems.
- Cephalohematoma: A medical condition where blood collects and develops on the surface of the baby’s skull, leading to motor disabilities like cerebral palsy and other developmental delays.
Contact Brown & Barron, LLC today at (410) 547-0202 for a free consultation on your birth injury case. We are available to help clients in Baltimore and beyond.shutter
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