Wayne, Oakland & Macomb County Birth Injury Attorneys
Award-Winning Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Wayne County is the location of the famous city of Detroit – the motor city. Wayne County is home to some world renowned scientists who have contributed greatly to cerebral palsy research. A Detroit scientist from Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center helped prove that when a baby’s brain is cooled shortly after an injury caused by oxygen deprivation, the cooling can help prevent cerebral palsy and death. A different group of scientists from the same institutions have found a way to improve movement disorders (such as those seen in cerebral palsy) in rabbits by delivering medicine to very specific parts of the brain using nanotechnology. This research is extremely promising for the development of medications to help prevent or decrease the severity of cerebral palsy.
The tri-county area has many top-notch hospitals and medical centers. These centers are home to some of the best medical professionals in the world. With such a high level of talent, it’s hard to imagine that patients would ever receive substandard care. Unfortunately, however, even the best physicians in the world make mistakes and sometimes cause permanent damage to patients. As unfortunate as this may be, it’s heartbreaking when the patient is a newborn baby.
Nationally Recognized Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County Birth Injury Attorneys
If you live in Wayne County, Oakland County, or Macomb County and you believe your child has been a victim of a birth injury due to medical mistakes, Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers can help. Our award-winning birth injury attorneys will review your child’s case for free, determine when and where negligence occurred and fight for the compensation your child needs for a secure future.
The award-winning birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh have helped hundreds of children affected by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases for over 28 years, and most of his cases involve hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy. Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as being two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the nation.
If your child experienced a birth injury and now has seizures, HIE, brain damage, cerebral palsy or any other long-term condition, contact Reiter & Walsh today at 888-419-2229. Our Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County birth injury attorneys are available 24/7 to speak with you.
Causes and Types of Birth Injuries
Most people are unfamiliar with injuries resulting from labor and delivery until they are put into the unfortunate circumstance of having a child diagnosed with one. Here are some of the basic types of physical and mental birth injuries that can occur:
- Cerebral palsy: this is the most commonly known form of physical disability. It is a disorder due to brain damage that impairs muscular function and causes weakness in the limbs. It typically occurs from lack of oxygen to the brain right after birth, brain injury during labor and delivery, or from infection.
- Erb’s palsy: also known as brachial plexus palsy, this condition is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus, a group of nerves around the shoulder. Sometimes this will resolve on its own or through therapy and/or surgery; other times the damage is permanent.
- Intellectual and developmental disabilities: This condition is usually diagnosed before the age of 18 and involves below-average general intellectual function, and a lack of skills necessary for daily living. There are varying degrees from mild to severe.
- Cognitive problems: Also known as cognitive deficits or dysfunction, these involve difficulties processing information, including mental tasks such as attention, thinking, and memory.
- Learning disabilities. Learning disabilities affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, or store information. These problems can make it difficult for someone to learn as quickly as another who isn’t affected by learning disabilities.
These kinds of birth injuries can be caused from a number of mismanaged complications and mistakes during and immediately following the birth of a child. Some of the more common ones include:
- Failure to quickly deliver a baby when fetal distress is evident on the fetal heart rate monitor (delayed emergency C-section)
- Oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid)
- Anesthesia mistakes, which can cause blood pressure problems in the mother, including a hypotensive crisis
- Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) / premature birth
- Prolonged and arrested labor
- Ruptured uterus (womb)
- Placental abruption
- Fetal stroke
- Preeclampsia / eclampsia
- Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds), which can be caused by a traumatic delivery. Forceps and vacuum extractors can cause brain bleeds. Sometimes intense contractions (hyperstimulation) caused by labor induction drugs (Pitocin and Cytotec) can cause head trauma. Mismanagement of cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), abnormal presentations (face or breech presentation), and shoulder dystocia also put a child at risk of having a brain bleed.
- Hyperstimulation caused by Pitocin and Cytotec can also cause oxygen deprivation that gets progressively worse.
- Postmaturity syndrome
- Placenta previa
- Improper management of the baby’s respiratory status after birth. This includes failure to properly manage apnea (periods of breathing cessation), failure to properly manage a baby on a breathing machine (which can cause overventilation injuries, such as hypocarbia and a hole or holes in the lungs), and failure to give proper amounts of surfactant, which helps with lung maturity and lung compliance in premature lungs.
- Improper management of anemia (low red blood cell count), which can cause the baby to lack the capacity to carry oxygen to the cells and tissues in the body, including brain cells.
- Improperly treated neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Improperly treated high bilirubin levels (jaundice) that cause a form of brain damage called kernicterus.
- Brain infection such as meningitis, which can be caused by infections in the mother that travel to the baby at birth. These maternal infections include the following: Group B Strep (GBS), herpes simplex virus (HSV), urinary tract infection (UTI), bacterial vaginosis (BV) and chorioamnionitis.
- Umbilical cord problems, such as a nuchal cord or umbilical cord prolapse
Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County Birth Injury Attorneys Helping Children for Almost 3 Decades
Jesse Reiter, the firm’s co-founder, is currently recognized as one of the best medical malpractice attorneys in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized his firm as being one of the best in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report has given Jesse the honor of being one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2008. Jesse has also been named a top lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for the last 7 years, and the magazine recently listed him as one of the 10 best attorneys in Michigan, as well as one of the 5 best Michigan consumer lawyers. In 2006, Jesse was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and in 2012, the organization deemed him one of the “Leaders in the Law.”
If your child was diagnosed with a permanent disability such as cerebral palsy, HIE, intellectual and developmental disabilities, periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) or Erb’s palsy, Jesse and his award winning team can help. The Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh have helped many families throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy and a secure future. The firm has numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to its dedication and success. Email or call Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation. No fees are ever collected until we win your case.