Spinal Birth Injuries
Helping Families in Maryland Find Justice
Did your child suffer a spinal cord injury during birth? The consequences could last their entire life. While some treatment methods may be able to mitigate your child’s symptoms, damage to the spinal cord unfortunately cannot be cured. Depending on the severity of the injury, your child could be able to achieve some level of mobility after extensive physical therapy or other emerging treatments. Other children may not show any improvement in their symptoms.
If a medical provider’s mistakes can be linked to your child’s spinal birth injury, you can take action to hold the at-fault individual or facility accountable. But how can you take on a doctor or medical group that has a strong team of insurance defense attorneys? It’s simple: Get stronger attorneys of your own.
Come to Brown & Barron, LLC in Baltimore and ask our birth injury lawyers how we can help you. We have more than 75 years of combined legal experience we use to inform our work. In other words, we can go toe-to-toe with the biggest medical entities and corporations out there. We take on these difficult cases because we care about helping families who have been harmed by negligent medical providers. If you are in this position, we want to know what we can do for you.
Contact our firm online or at (410) 698-1717 to arrange a free case evaluation. Our Baltimore birth injury lawyers can answer your questions and help you understand your legal options.
Injuries Caused by Infant Spinal Cord Damage
The spinal cord carries signals from the brain to the rest of the body, and damage to it can interrupt this communication, preventing the brain from sending directions to muscles and internal systems. Spinal cord injuries may be classified as incomplete if the patient still has some sensory or motor function below the injury; this happens when the damage did not affect an entire cross-section of the spinal cord. A complete spinal cord injury, on the other hand, results from total damage to a certain part of the spinal cord.
A child with an injured spinal cord may grow up experiencing:
- Partial or full paralysis
- Sharp pain caused by nerve damage
- Bowel and bladder control issues
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty regulating body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Unpredictable spasms
- Bodily or muscular weakness
- Abnormal reflexes
It may be difficult to determine the breadth of your baby’s injuries right now, simply because they cannot communicate with you. However, even a “less severe” spinal cord injury will cause lasting disability that can affect your child’s needs and opportunities.
What Can Cause a Spinal Birth Injury?
For the most part, spinal birth injuries are not naturally occurring. That is to say, they are not a birth defect, but rather a form of trauma caused by mistaken or inappropriate treatment during labor or delivery. Most spinal cord injuries that are acquired during birth affect the neck. In these cases, the symptoms may affect a child’s whole body. Damage that occurs lower on the spinal cord, on the other hand, will only impair function of the body parts below the injury.
Causes of spinal birth injuries are often the misuse of:
- Vacuum extractors
- Manual manipulation
When the head is hyperextended, vertebrae may be dislocated or fracture, which can cause lesions, stretching, or tearing of the spinal cord.
Helping Families Find Answers After a Birth Injury
Medical providers have the unshakable duty to you and your child to act safely and according to medical standards during delivery. A negligent mistake that causes a spinal cord injury at birth is unacceptable. The at-fault individuals can and should be held liable for the pain and challenges you and your baby are now facing.
Filing a birth injury suit can help you find answers and hold reckless care providers accountable. It can also result in these individuals losing their jobs, which might save other families from ending up in the same situation. Our lawyers are skilled litigators with a deep technical understanding of the medical issues implicated in spinal cord injuries. We can search for evidence of a care provider’s negligence and fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team will take on all the work so you can spend time with your baby. It is our goal to help you find peace of mind and financial support.
Talk to our team of Baltimore spinal birth injury attorneys today by dialing (410) 698-1717. We offer free consultations and caring support.
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