Many patients feel confused—or even betrayed—when a doctor or healthcare provider they have trusted makes a mistake that causes their health to suffer. While serious medical mistakes are often devastating for patients and their families, it is even more difficult when the patient who is hurt is an infant or unborn baby. If you have recently found out that your baby was hurt by a medicine you were taking during pregnancy or an accident during the delivery process, you should know that you may have rights—and you can get experienced help to make sense of what happened. For immediate assistance, you can call our office in Memphis right now at 888-443-4387.
Common Birth Injury Cases Handled by Our Memphis Attorneys
Although many babies are born in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi every year, the truth is that doctors and hospitals sometimes make mistakes or overlook important information about the mother’s care during pregnancy. When mistakes are made or the safety of the unborn child is ignored, the baby can suffer very serious injuries, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Fetal death or stillbirth
- Head and brain injuries
- Injuries from lack of oxygen during birth
- Broken bones
- Paralysis and other nerve damage
These conditions and injuries, although they happen in the first moments of a baby’s life, can have long-lasting consequences that affect families for years to come. The attorneys with Holton Law Firm are devoted to helping families facing the consequences of a birth injury or negligent doctor investigate what happened and get answers about what caused a baby’s injuries.
How Birth Injuries Happen
Birth injuries can happen during the delivery of the infant or during the mother’s pregnancy. While some complications and defects are possible regardless of the care taken by doctors, there are some very serious injuries that occur because the mother or baby did not receive the proper care. These injuries and complications can be the result of:
- Improper use of forceps, vacuum extractors, and other medical tools during delivery
- Errors made during Caesarian section (C-section)
- Failure to recognize or treat a medical condition in the mother during pregnancy
- Failure to react appropriately to complications during birth and delivery
- Failure to follow appropriate protocols or order appropriate tests
- Prescribing the wrong drug, wrong dosage, or drugs that are unsafe during pregnancy
When doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other care providers don’t take appropriate action or use appropriate care when working with an expecting mother or her newborn, and the patient or child is hurt as a result, then the family may have the legal right to hold the healthcare provider legally responsible.
Thinking About the Future After a Child Has Suffered From a Medical Mistake
Birth injuries sometimes result in permanent disability or limitations of the newborn child, and he may struggle throughout his life with the handicaps caused by a medical mistake. The birth injury clients we speak with are concerned about how they will provide for their child’s unique needs now, and they also have to think about how they will take care of their child financially for the next 70 or 80 years of his or her life.
Families who have been affected by serious birth injuries need to know that they may have legal rights to seek financial compensation from healthcare providers who are responsible, and they need to know that those rights often include compensation for a child’s needs in the future. Our attorneys understand that nothing can change the past, but we also fight hard to make sure that the young victims of birth injuries can receive the care they need—now and for the rest of their lives—that allow them to best recover, cope, and live a full and meaningful life.
A Memphis Law Firm Focused on Helping Families Recover From Birth Injuries
At Holton Law Firm, we understand how traumatic birth injuries can be—both physically and emotionally—for babies, mothers, and families. We also have a vast knowledge of the laws that protect the victims of birth injuries, and we understand the difference between unavoidable birth complications and those that are caused by negligent healthcare providers. We make it our job to obtain verdicts and settlements that help affected families care for seriously injured children and recover compensation for tragic losses. Attorney Tim Holton is certified as both a medical malpractice specialist and trial lawyer, and he has obtained record verdicts in birth injury cases in Tennessee and Mississippi.
It isn’t unusual for families to feel unsure about what happened to cause their babies’ injuries. If you have questions, or if you’d like to start investigating the specifics of your case with an experienced attorney, reach out to our Memphis law firm today at 888-443-4387. We serve clients in Memphis and throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.