Georgia Birth Injury Attorneys
Serving Georgia statewide
Pregnancy and childbirth are universally-celebrated occasions. However, at what should be a joyous moment for most families, some discover that their child suffered a birth injury. A “birth injury” refers to any type of harm to a baby around the time of birth. This includes oxygen deprivation, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), excessive pressure/force, and infections, among other issues. Birth injuries may lead to permanent disabilities, such as cerebral palsy (CP).
Unfortunately, maternal and infant care in Georgia have not fared well in recent years. Obstetrical care is not accessible to many pregnant women in Georgia, an issue exacerbated by hospital closures, labor and delivery units being shut down, and a general lack of access to health insurance (1, 2).
However, regardless of which Georgia hospital or medical facility someone chooses, there are standards of care related to pregnancy and labor and delivery. If medical professionals violate these standards and it causes harm to the mother and/or baby, this constitutes medical malpractice. Birth injuries can be caused by medical malpractice, among other preventable complications and errors.
Causes of birth injuries
There are many medical complications and mistakes that are common causes of preventable birth injuries. These include, but are not limited to (3):
- Mismanagement of an abnormal fetal presentation
- Birth asphyxia (fetal oxygen deprivation)
- Improper fetal monitoring/failure of the medical team to recognize signs of fetal distress
- Birth trauma (excessive force during delivery)
- Misuse of forceps or vacuum extractors
- Delayed emergency C-section
Have you or a loved one suffered a pregnancy or birth complication? For a deeper exploration of birth injury, peruse our overview on birth injuries page. It is important that medical professionals diligently follow standards of care to avoid the dire consequences of a birth injury.
Outcomes of birth injuries
Birth injuries may result in lifelong disabilities, including, but not limited to the following:
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE): HIE is a type of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen and/or blood flow around the time of birth. If given within six hours of birth/the oxygen depriving event, therapeutic hypothermia can minimize permanent brain damage from HIE.
- Cerebral palsy (CP): CP is the most common motor disorder of childhood (1). It can result from hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (see above), infections, and other causes.
- Seizure disorders/epilepsy
- Vision impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Intellectual disabilities
Children with birth injuries often require extensive medical and personal care throughout their lives. For many parents, this can be a significant financial burden. Pursuing a birth injury lawsuit can not only help you get justice on behalf of your child or loved one, but also obtain financial compensation to ensure that your child will be well-provided for over their lifetime.
Birth injury attorneys: We can help
If your child’s development isn’t progressing typically or they aren’t meeting developmental milestones, and you’re concerned that medical malpractice may have been involved in their birth, contact the birth injury attorneys at ABC Law Centers (Reiter & Walsh, P.C.). Our lawyers and on-staff nurse consultants are dedicated to helping parents secure the futures of their children with birth injuries.
Firm partner Rebecca Walsh is admitted to practice all over Georgia and is devoted to ensuring that families who have experienced a birth injury get the justice they deserve. Rebecca is a sustaining member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) and co-chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG). She has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers of America in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury law for the past seven years, consecutively.
We have a history of numerous multi-million dollar birth injury verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have won many awards for their outstanding work. We can provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation and walk you through your legal options. If you decide you would like to pursue legal action for securing your child’s future, we can go through the possibilities and help bring you peace of mind, knowing your child will be cared for – no matter what.
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- Georgia Receives an “F” Grade for Prevention of Preterm Birth
- Frequently asked birth injury questions
- Anderson, V. (2016, August 25). Giving Birth In Georgia Is Too Often A Deadly Event. Retrieved from https://khn.org/news/giving-birth-in-georgia-is-too-often-a-deadly-event/.
- Miller, A. (2019, November 18). ‘F’ for Georgia in preventing preterm births. Retrieved from https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/f-for-georgia-in-preventing-preterm-births/.