Washington DC Birth Injury Attorney
We Represent Clients In Washington, D.C., Maryland And Virginia
The birth of a child is meant to be a wonderful occasion. Parents-to-be eagerly await the arrival of their newborn son or daughter. Unfortunately, while modern medical practices have made childbirth extremely safe, medical mistakes still occur — putting the mother and especially the unborn child at risk.
Medical Mistakes Occurring During Pregnancy And Delivery
Medical errors causing birth injuries can be made during a pregnancy or in the delivering room. When a mother possesses certain risk factors for a complicated pregnancy or delivery, doctors must alter their treatment and delivery plans accordingly. These risk factors can include a mother over 40, prolonged labor, vaginal bleeding or indications of a breech child. When these factors are not taken into consideration, it can lead to a dangerous childbirth.
In other cases, delivery room complications can arise without the presence of risk factors. However, a trained doctor should be aware of the potential complications and know how to act accordingly if an emergency arises. Unfortunately, there are many cases where doctors do not respond quickly enough or in the appropriate manner when fetal distress occurs. When this happens, an unborn infant can experience severe trauma and oxygen loss. This can lead to permanent birth injuries, including brachial plexus birth injuries (such as Klumpke’s palsy and Erb’s palsy) and cerebral palsy.
Regardless of the specifics in your case, if your child was injured during childbirth, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Birth injuries can have a lifelong impact on a child and his or her entire family. Not only are there physical and mental challenges to overcome, but the cost of treatment and care can be a financial burden as well. At The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Downey, P.C., we can help you understand your legal rights regarding your child’s birth injury. If there is evidence to suggest that medical mistake caused the birth injuries, we will fight for your right to full compensation.
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For your convenience, we have offices in Washington, D.C., as well as Alexandria, Virginia. Contact our birth injury lawyers at 703-564-7318 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.