Injuries at Birth
Compensation for Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy, Spinal Cord Damage - Birth Injury Lawyers in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia
There is no experience more devastating for expectant parents than to learn that their newborn has suffered an injury at birth. The pain and grief experienced by parents whose baby is injured immediately prior to, during or after the birth process is compounded by the fact that this tragic result occurs at a time that should be filled with joy and happiness for the parents. While not every birth injury results from a medical error, doctors, obstetricians, nurses, mid-wives, hospitals and others involved in the care of an expectant mother and her baby sometimes cause severe injuries like Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy and other harm when they fail to comply with appropriate medical standards.
Although most parents can take comfort in the fact that injuries at birth are fairly rare, the physical, intellectual, emotional impact of a birth injury can have a significant lifelong impact. There are approximately seven birth trauma injuries per every 1,000 births according to a National Healthcare Quality Report from the Department of Health and Human Services. This rate of birth injury amounts to approximately 28,000 birth injuries per year.
Seeking Adequate Compensation for a Life Care Plan
Washington D.C. birth injury attorney Kenneth J. Annis recognizes that the emotional pain suffered by parents because of a serious birth injury to their infant is increased by the potentially enormous lifetime financial costs. Approximately 8,000 children per year suffer from Cerebral Palsy with an estimated lifetime cost of treatment and supportive care of about one million dollars. Medical malpractice cases which include birth injury cases are among the most costly and complex lawsuits, but Mr. Annis have over forty years of experience representing injury victims. Our long tenure representing people from the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas has allowed us to develop a network of medical experts, vocational counselors and others with specialized knowledge to obtain the fullest recovery for our clients.
Our birth injury lawyers have the experience, expertise and financial resources to take on medical providers and large medical malpractice insurance carriers. From the time we are retained to represent a parent, we initiate an investigation process including extensive discovery to obtain the medical records and information that will help us determine what went wrong during the pregnancy or delivery process. Our legal team works closely with medical experts to identify medical errors and omissions that lead to poor outcomes for obstetrical malpractice victims.
Common Birth Injuries Suffered by Infants & Expectant Mothers
While a fair number of birth injuries like fractures to the collarbone or bruises will heal on their own over a matter of weeks, more serious injuries prior to, during or after birth can have lifelong consequences. Some of the serious birth injury claims that Kenneth J. Annis & Associates handles include:
- Cerebral Palsy: This term refers to a group of brain and nervous system disorders that can result in physical and developmental deficiencies. This type of injury is distinguished by dystonias which refers to sustained muscle contractions that cause abnormal contractions, contortions and potentially repetitive movements. The muscle contractions caused by this type of brain damage often take years to become obvious, so you need an experienced birth injury lawyer working with medical experts to provide the cause of the injury. Symptoms often appear when an infant starts to crawl and becomes more apparent as the child tries to walk.
- Brachial Palsy (Erb's Palsy): This injury is manifested by a total or partial paralysis in the shoulder, arm and hand. The condition often is caused by the infant's shoulder becoming wedged against the mother's pelvic bone. When proper care is not exercised in dislodging the shoulder, the nerve bundle known as the brachial plexus can get stretched leading to permanent damage.
- Uterine Rupture: When a baby is breech or has a large head, the vaginal wall can tear. This tearing is referred to as uterine rupture and can be fatal for both the mother and baby when the tear is through the entire uterine wall. While this condition usually occurs early in the birthing process, it can be detected and prevented with proper monitoring.
Contact Kenneth J. Annis - Washington, D.C. Injuries at Birth Lawyer Today
If your spouse or child has been injured because of an injury at birth, we can set up a time for you to talk with an experienced Washington D.C. birth injury lawyer. We can investigate and identify medical mistakes, such as improper use of forceps, failure to diagnose respiratory distress, improper delay in performing a C-sections and other medical errors. Contact Kenneth J. Annis & Associates at (202) 785-2244 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.