Birth Injuries

Minnesota Birth Injury Lawyers

Awaiting the birth of a new child is a time filled with anticipation, excitement, and hope.  An unanticipated birth injury to your child, however, can be devastating.  Some birth injuries are recognizable immediately upon birth and others parents may not notice for months after the birth.  Many birth injuries are permanent, irreversible, and can impact the child’s development, health, and well-being for life.  While some birth injuries are unavoidable, others can be the result of a doctor or medical provider’s improper oversight, negligence, and/or departure from the normal standard of care.

Do I have a medical malpractice case for my child’s birth injury?

If your medical provider or doctor departed from the normal standard of care and accepted procedures in the delivery of your child, and doing so caused your child to have a serious birth injury, you may have a medical malpractice claim.  Often times, it will not be initially clear if you have a strong claim and will take a thorough review of your child’s medical records and the mother’s prenatal care records for a Minnesota lawyer practicing in the field of medical malpractice to be able to determine if you have a case.  Thus, if you suspect that your child has been the victim of medical malpractice and was seriously injured during birth or before birth, your first step should be to contact a lawyer.  If the medical malpractice lawyer accepts the case he or she will be in a position to likely give you the important answers to your questions about what happened.

Types of Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Claims

There are many different types of birth injuries that can occur prior to delivery or during delivery.  Below is a list of some of the most common birth injuries:

  • Cerebral Palsy
    • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
    • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
  • Death or serious injury, related to incorrect dosage of medicine or use of an improper medicine
  • Brachial plexus injury
    • Erb’s palsy
    • Klumpke’s palsy / Klumpke’s paralysis / Dejerine-Klumpke Palsy
    • Shoulder dystocia
  • Facial paralysis / Facial nerve palsy
  • Drug-related injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Brain stem damage
  • Brain injury from oxygen deprivation, lack of blood flow, or trauma
  • Umbilical cord strangulation or umbilical cord compression
  • Perinatal Asphyxia, neonatal asphyxia, birth asphyxia

Potential Causes of Birth Injuries

While it is difficult to determine if medical malpractice was the cause of the above injuries without a thorough review of the proper medical records, there are several procedures and errors in these procedures which can increase the risk of a birth injury, including:

  • Failure to perform a timely Caesarian Section;
  • Significant delay in the birth process;
  • Failure to properly monitor the mother and baby’s vital signs while in labor;
  • Whether forceps or a vacuum extraction was improperly used;
  • Whether an error was mad in inducing labor, including whether Pitocin was improperly administered.

Minnesota Medical Malpractice Free Consultation

If your child suffered a serious birth injury and you question whether the injury could have been caused by your doctor’s or health care provider’s negligence or deviation from the standard of care, contact Kuhlman Law, PLLC today at (612) 349-2747 to discuss your options.  If appropriate, we will dig into the facts of your case and if we accept your case we will likely do so on a contingency fee arrangement which means no legal fee unless we obtain a recovery.