Little Rock Birth Injury Lawyers
Protecting the rights of the tiniest victims of medical negligence throughout Arkansas
Discovering that your newborn has sustained a birth injury is devastating. Serious injuries caused by mishandling, oxygen deprivation or other causes can have a lasting, negative impact on a child’s life.
At the Little Rock injury firm of Bailey & Greer, our birth injury lawyers are here to fight for justice on behalf of our smallest clients. If a preventable medical mistake was the cause of your child’s injuries, you are welcome to call and schedule a consultation where you can discuss your case and discover the legal options available to you.
Is a birth injury the same as a birth defect?
Birth injury and birth defects differ in several important ways:
- Birth injury is damage that occurs as a result of physical pressure during the birthing process, usually during transit through the birth canal according to Merck Manual. Some birth injuries resolve on their own without treatment, but others, especially those caused by asphyxia, can cause lasting damage.
- Birth defects are structural changes present at birth that can affect almost any part or parts of the body (e.g., heart, brain, foot). They may affect how the body looks, works or both, and they can vary from mild to severe according to the S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If your child was born with a birth injury that was caused by medical negligence, the compassionate Little Rock birth injury lawyers at Bailey & Greer are here to protect your right to fair compensation.
Examples of different types of birth injuries
Examples of birth injuries include:
- Caput succedaneum
- Forceps injury
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Facial paralysis
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Bone fractures
- Untreated jaundice/Kernicterus
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- Spinal cord injury
- Skull fractures
- Brain injury
Factors that can contribute to causing birth injuries
Some of the factors that can contribute to causing a birth injury include:
- Babies with a birth weight over 8lbs. 13 oz.
- Babies born before 37 weeks
- Cephalopelvic disproportion (the size and shape of the mother’s pelvis is not adequate for the baby to be born vaginally)
- Prolonged or difficult labor
- Abnormal presentation
- Infections or other medical conditions in the mother
- Improper use of deliver instruments
- Failure to administer oxygen when needed
Maternal birth injuries
The CDC reports that more than 50,000 expectant and new mothers endure dangerous and life-threatening complications that cause injury, trauma and financial difficulties, and there are 700-900 pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths in the United States. Some mothers are left unable to have any more children and others are so traumatized the do not want to give birth ever again. ProPublica and NPR have been reporting the issue of “severe maternal mortality,” which includes deaths from hemorrhages, organ failure and other complications. Up to 6 percent of new mothers suffer from PTSD due to childbirth complications along with other factors.
Examples of maternal birth injuries include:
- Perineal tears
- Undiagnosed pelvic fractures
- Pelvic floor injuries
- Ruptured uterus
- Prolapsed uterus
- Post-natal depression
Mothers who have suffered injuries from the childbirth process that were a result of medical negligence may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries and other damages. Our Little Rock birth injury lawyers are here to fight for justice for you.
What can a Little Rock birth injury attorney do for our family?
When you are facing the aftermath of a birth injury, there may be a range of emotions that you as parents are experiencing. But one important issue is your desire to obtain justice on behalf of your child who was injured and will face the lifelong consequences of an injury caused by a preventable medical mistake.
At Bailey & Greer, our Little Rock birth injury lawyers are here to fight for your right to fair compensation when your newborn, your wife or both suffered a serious injury because of the negligence of a medical professional. We investigate the incident and we work with medical experts in the field of obstetrics, we determine what happened, who is responsible for your child’s injuries and we hold the at-fault party accountable for your losses.
Given the short, two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Arkansas, it is vital that you contact an experienced Little Rock birth injury attorney from Bailey & Greer right away so that we can protect your right to receive fair compensation for the pain and anguish your family has been put through because of a medical mistake.
Contact our Arkansas birth injury attorneys to schedule a consultation today
If your baby’s birth injury was because of a preventable medical mistake, you may wish to consult with a lawyer to learn about your legal options. Bailey & Greer, PLLC, is ready to answer your questions and recommend possible next steps. Our Little Rock birth injury lawyers offer compassion and caring as we handle your case. You may call us toll free at 501-213-1512 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation.