Birth Injury Lawsuits in Delaware

Delaware Medical Malpractice Lawyers

No parent foresees their child being born with a birth injury. However, each year about 5 percent of the children delivered in the United States suffer some type of injury or trauma upon delivery. When a Delaware family that expects to bring home a healthy baby is who expects to bring home a healthy child is suddenly faced with a birth defect, life is changed forever. The anxiety about the future, combined with skyrocketing medical bills can replace the initial joy that bringing a baby into the world brings.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkBirth injuries can consist of everything from bruising to fractures to severe, life-altering injuries like cerebral palsy. Some birth injuries are the result of the natural birthing process, whereas others are the result of doctor negligence. If you have delivered a baby with a birth injury and you suspect it was a result of medical malpractice, an attorney from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC with experience in birth injury lawsuits, will try to find you a Delaware medical malpractice lawyer to take your case, at no cost to you.

Not All Birth Injuries Are Medical Malpractice

If you child was born with an injury, it does not automatically mean he or she experienced medical malpractice. Malpractice only occurs if the medical professional failed to provide a certain standard of care, which directly caused injury to your baby. An adverse delivery does not always indicate medical malpractice. It is also important to know the difference between a birth injury (that happens during or shortly after labor) and a birth defect, which is often the result of something going wrong before the child is delivered.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a functional disorder resulting from brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation during pregnancy, labor, or shortly after birth. The result of cerebral palsy is damage to motor areas in of your child’s brain that impacts the ability to control posture and body movements. This permanent condition can severely limit a child’s ability to walk, talk, and live a “normal” life.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s or brachial palsy is a birth injury caused by trauma during the delivery process or shortly before. This disorder arises when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck underneath the mother’s pubic bone after the head is delivered. Doctors will often use excessive force and sometimes the assistance of a vacuum or forceps to help deliver the shoulder. The excessive force can cause damage to the nerves in the child’s tiny shoulder (the brachial plexus), resulting in a loss of control in the shoulder, neck, arm or hand.

If you live in Delaware and your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice, please complete the online form and an attorney from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will try to pair you with a Delaware medical malpractice lawyer to help you recover a fair amount of compensation for your child’s injuries.