No personal injury case is more heartbreaking than a birth injury. Parents are often plagued by questions of whether the doctor or hospital missed something that could have prevented the birth injury from occurring.
At the law firm of Shelsby & Leoni in Wilmington, Delaware, our injury attorneys represent the parents of birth injury victims in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We handle all types of birth injury cases, including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and perinatal asphyxia, which cause brain damage due to a lack of oxygen to the baby
- Placental abruption and placental previa (uterine bleeding)
Sometimes a child is born with brain damage or other development difficulties despite the best efforts of hospital staff. However, some birth injuries are preventable occurrences that are caused by delayed caesarian delivery, lack of fetal monitoring, improper prenatal care, or other events that occurred during the delivery process. Our lawyers will carefully examine all of the records to see if the doctors and hospital staff gave proper attention to the mother and child in the time leading up to and during delivery.
Experienced Birth Injury Attorneys
Our lawyers defended doctors and hospitals in a number of birth injury cases before we changed our practice to represent victims. Our experience gives us an edge, because we know what the defense will do before they do it. We know what records need to be requested during discovery to prove your case.
What is critical in a birth injury case is determining when the injury occurred. The defense will claim that the injury was the result of an infection or developmental problem that occurred months before the time of delivery. However, there are ways to discover when a birth injury occurred. Our lawyers consult pediatric neurologists and neonatalogists to determine whether the injury occurred before or during the birth process—in other words, whether it could have been prevented.
In our representation of families, we often use expert witnesses who have testified for the defense in other cases. This is helpful, because our witnesses cannot be cross-examined on the fact that they testify for plaintiffs all the time.
Free consultation:If your child has suffered a birth injury, we invite you to contact our attorneys in Wilmington, Delaware, for a free initial consultation.