Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some common types of birth trauma and injuries?
A: The most common birth injuries are Erb’s palsy, brachial plexus, cerebral palsy, brain damage and shoulder dystocia. A good birth injury lawyer is familiar with all these issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I know whether the doctor is responsible for my child's birth injury?
A: This is not easily done. An investigation must be completed by qualified birth injury attorneys to ensure the process is done thoroughly.

Q: What is the difference between birth defects and birth injuries?
A: The difference is that birth defects are caused by genetics or medications that the mother took during the pregnancy, whereas birth injuries are caused by the doctor delivering your baby. A lawyer who practices extensively in birth injuries knows the difference.

Q: What other types of injuries may be caused by the doctor?
A: Other injuries resulting from a doctor’s malpractice might include soft tissue injuries, skull fractures, facial paralysis, nerve trauma, body paralysis and spinal cord damage. These are serious matters, requiring the expert help of a birth injury lawyer.

Q: What are some examples of errors that occur in the delivery room?
A: Errors that may lead to birth injuries include hospital neglect, giving the wrong drugs, improper epidural, miscalculation of contractions, failure to take vital signs, improper extraction of the infant and forced delivery. Competent birth injury attorneys can discern these matters.

Q: Errors made in the delivery room can have catastrophic results. What happens next?
A: In the case of life-long disabilities, the child and his parents are entitled to compensation for medical bills, therapy, future surgeries, and any other expenses caused by medical malpractice. This is where a birth injury lawyer can help.

Q: My baby has been given a clinical diagnosis of asphyxia. What does this mean?
A:  Asphyxia refers to the lack of blood flow in the baby’s brain, when the oxygen levels fall below normal and cause brain damage. It is the responsibility of a clinician to monitor the fetus' oxygen for any signs of abnormalities.

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