New Haven, Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys — Birth Injuries and Obstetrical Negligence
Birth injuries often occur as the result of doctors falling to follow standard treatment protocols, failing to properly monitor the vital signs of the mother and infant, or failing to intervene appropriately to prevent harm to the fetus when complications occur during labor and delivery.
In order to expose negligence on the part of obstetricians, doctors, nurses, and other attending healthcare staff, the law office of Jacobs & Dow consults obstetricians and other medical experts in reviewing the decisions and actions of doctors in the delivery room. By carefully examining records regarding the mother's vital signs, fetal monitoring records, delivery room video, and the actions of attending staff, our lawyers identify when warning symptoms went unnoticed, as well as when appropriate preventative action should have been taken.
We have the experience and expert witness resources needed to hold negligent doctors responsible for serious birth injuries caused by obstetrical malpractice. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact the birth injury attorneys at Jacobs & Dow today.
Holding Doctors and Hospitals Legally Accountable for Birth Injuries
Complications can arise, things can go wrong during labor and delivery and an obstetrician and medical team should be prepared for these contingencies. When they are not, or when they do not react timely and appropriately, the mother and baby can both be harmed. Some examples of medical mistakes prior to, during, and after delivery which can lead to a serious birth injury include:
- Failure to adequately monitor for signs of fetal distress
- Failure to perform a timely emergency C-section
- Failure to diagnose and treat serious conditions of the mother (such as pre-eclampsia, eclampsia or gestational diabetes)
- Failure to recognize and mitigate threats to fetal health (such as meconium staining, lack of oxygen, or breach delivery),
- Negligently delivery of the baby with forceps.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Jacobs & Dow represent clients in regard to the following kinds of birth injuries:
- Erb’s Palsy / Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Abrupted placenta
- Fetal acidosis
- Hypoxic injuries
- Brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Wrongful death
Determining the Damages Caused by a Birth Injury
Since most birth injuries involve a deprivation of oxygen to an infant’s brain, cognitive impairment and brain damage often result. In order to determine the full financial impact of a birth injury, our attorneys work closely with medical economists and life care planners. Working from established healthcare cost data, we provide thorough, accurate financial projections of the costs related to a birth injury including the expense of physical therapy, medical equipment, education needs, future surgery, and loss in quality of life. Given the long-term consequences of a birth injury, we’re committed to ensuring you and your child receive compensation proportional to the impact of a birth injury.
Securing Your Child’s Future — What happens after an Award or Settlement
Our commitment to our clients doesn’t end in the courtroom. Given the long-term healthcare needs of a child suffering from a serious birth injury, it’s important to plan for the eventuality of his or her being on their own. At Jacobs & Dow, we discuss the life care and estate planning options available to protect the child's future, such as establishing a special needs trust, protecting assets obtained from a settlement, and qualifying for Medicaid through different estate planning strategies.
Contact Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers Today
Hospitals and HMOs are often very protective of doctors who are facing medical malpractice allegations. It’s not unusual for a hospital to transfer staff, misplace or lose information, or fail and refuse to make timely and complete production of a patient's important medical records in an attempt to avoid a lawsuit. At Jacobs & Dow, we not only protect your rights — we act immediately to secure evidence and information important to your case.
To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, contact the birth injury lawyers at Jacobs & Dow today. We can make a difference for you and your child.