Labor And Delivery Injury
Delivery Room Injury Attorneys DE & MD
In many cases of birth injury it is the child who is harmed or injured. However in some birth injury claims in Delaware & Maryland our labor and delivery injury attorneys have helped families of infants harmed by labor and delivery room negligence. When doctors and hospitals fail to exercise a reasonable standard of care for one of the most important events in the life of a family, they should be held accountable for their actions. If you, or your spouse, has been the victim of any type of injury while giving birth please contact our Delaware birth injury lawyers right away.
The delivery room injury attorneys at Shelsby & Leoni serve all of Delaware and Maryland. This includes the Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Georgetown, Lewes, Annapolis, Elkton, Bel Air, Laurel and Rockville areas.
DE Injury Attorneys Helping Mothers Injured During Childbirth
A lack of oxygen to the brain is usually the root of injuries sustained during childbirth. A fetus suffering from intrauterine asphyxia will almost always show signs of distress. In addition to oxygen depravation childbirth injury can also be due to the mothers OB-GYN failing to diagnose chorioamnionitis, also referred to as intra-amniotic infections or IAI for short. Doctors, nurses, midwives and other labor and delivery professionals are trained to recognize symptoms of fetal distress and react accordingly.
- If a healthcare provider falls below accepted standards in recognizing the signs of fetal distress, irreversible injury can result.
- Technology, including an internal fetal heart rate monitor is a common tool in avoiding permanent injury as a result of difficult or complicated labor.
- Our birth injury trial and settlement attorneys have handled hundreds of cases that involve an allegation of birth trauma secondary to negligent monitoring.
The medical negligence lawyers at our firm understand how to read and interpret fetal heart strips. They understand how to read and interpret labor and delivery room records. They are familiar with the guidelines promulgated by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) governing emergency Caesarian sections, and the time limits within which hospitals must be prepared to carry out a successful C-section from “decision-to-incision.”
Highly Knowledgeable Guidance In Birth Injury Cases
The Annapolis, Maryland birth injury lawyers and settlement lawyers at Shelsby & Leoni are skilled in determining whether a newborn’s injuries are the result of negligence, or, alternatively, unavoidable complications or genetic causes.
Our labor and delivery malpractice attorneys investigate whether medical personnel recognize changes on the heart rate monitors, whether medical records accurately track changes in the birth mother’s condition; whether changes in the condition of mother or baby are promptly reported to the managing physician; they look to see whether a managing physician or midwife has been communicating with nurses, reading the chart, and appreciating any changes in the oxygenation or heart rate of the fetus; our specialists review the chronological timeline of labor to determine whether medical professionals respond promptly to changes in the heart rate of mother or baby; our trial and settlement professionals evaluate whether nursing staffs follow the appropriate “chain of command” and seek additional help from on-site staff physicians where a managing obstetrician or midwife is not doing his or her job.
Handling Cases Involving Labor And Delivery Negligence
When birth trauma is preventable the attorneys at Shelsby & Leoni are prepared to investigate the case with the help of medical experts who specialize in birth injury cases.
- Did failure to monitor contribute to the birth trauma? Fetal monitoring can offer forewarning of fetal distress. If the medical staff is not watching the monitor, important signs can be missed — and the baby and mother can suffer life-changing injuries.
- Was there a failure to do a C-section when it was clearly indicated? A cesarean section can relieve the baby of stress that could otherwise cause brain damage or brachial plexus injury.
- Was the baby injured by forceps? Did a lack of oxygen cause cerebral palsy? Our medical experts can examine the delivery room records to determine what steps were taken to prevent injury.
- Was Rh incompatibility anticipated and treated during the pregnancy?
Consult With Our Delaware Birth Trauma Lawyers
When a mother or child is injured because of medical negligence at the time of birth, we want to hear your story. If medical negligence or medical malpractice was involved, we want to help. Please contact the Delaware delivery room injury attorneys at our firm for a free consultation. Call now to schedule your appointment.
Our Annapolis, Maryland labor and delivery injury lawyers serve all of DE & MD: Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, Lewes, Elkton, Bel Air, Laurel & Rockville.