Was Your Newborn’s Brain Injury The Result Of Medical Malpractice?
Many birth injuries stem from head trauma or brain trauma during delivery. The law firm of Park Woody Vaughan, P.C., helps parents pursue justice when medical negligence in childbirth results in permanent brain damage.
We have secured compensation in birth injury cases across Indiana involving head injury and brain injury. Our lawyers know how to investigate these claims to uncover the errors or substandard care by medical professionals.
Head Trauma And Brain Trauma
Brain damage in newborns can occur from:
- Physical injury to the skull during delivery, such as use of forceps or suction cups to try to free a baby that is stuck.
- Oxygen deprivation, as when the umbilical cord is pinched during delivery. Serious brain injury can occur in just minutes if the fetus is not getting oxygenated blood through the cord.
- Neonatal hypoxia (low oxygen after birth). Newborns may develop hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), in which the baby is not getting sufficient oxygen. If not diagnosed and treated early, HIE can lead to brain damage and other health issues.
- Neonatal infection. If not diagnosed promptly, infections such as meningitis and encephalitis can cause permanent brain damage.
Medical Negligence In Head Injury/Brain Trauma
Physical injuries often result during a difficult birth, as when the baby is breech (backwards) or stuck in the birth canal. The doctor may resort to surgical instruments to forcefully reposition the baby or pull it through the birth canal, resulting in skull fracture or other head trauma. Sometimes brain injury is traced to prolonged oxygen deprivation because of a delayed C-section or failure to anticipate a C-section. Lastly, the obstetric and neonatal nurses must be vigilant during and after birth for signs of fetal distress, hypoxia or infection.
Helping Families Get Justice
Birth injury cases are very technical and difficult to prove, but our attorneys have recovered many settlements in head trauma and brain injury cases. We work with medical experts who can review the records and attest how the medical professionals caused injury or failed to protect the newborn.
The lifetime costs of caring for a child with cerebral palsy or other brain injury can be astronomical. The child may need special services and round-the-clock care and supervision. They may have cognitive deficits and developmental delays. We document the life-changing impact of brain injury and work to hold the physicians and hospitals accountable.
Do You Think You Have A Case?
Park Woody Vaughan, P.C., does not charge for the initial consultation or the costs of the case evaluation. You would not owe any attorney fees unless we obtained a monetary recovery. Our firm is located at the corner of Delaware and Ohio in downtown Indianapolis, near public transportation and free parking. By request, we can arrange for after hours or weekend appointments, or come to your home or hospital. Call today at 317-231-1100 or email us.