If your child suffered a brain injury from birth, a lawyer at Newsome | Melton can help. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys fights for the rights of injury victims. We help our clients recover compensation when they or their children suffer injuries during childbirth. We have a long track record of success and want to put our experience to work for you.
Our team offers a free initial case evaluation. An attorney will review your injury, determine if you have a solid claim for medical malpractice, and advise you of your options. If you choose to work with us, we work on a contingency basis. That means we do not get paid until we recover money for you.
For your free consultation, call 800-916-7333 today.
Brain Injury at Birth Practice Areas
A host of things can go wrong at birth to cause a child to suffer a brain injury. Very often, an obstetrician, midwife, or other medical professional’s negligent behavior plays a significant role. When you call Newsome | Melton, the first thing we will do is determine the extent to which malpractice caused your child’s injury. Then, we will begin gathering evidence and building a case against the responsible party.
Our attorneys handle the following types of brain injuries at birth:
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Birth Injury
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) occurs when a baby’s brain does not receive enough blood and oxygen during birth. If a medical professional does not immediately intervene, the effects can be lifelong.
An obstetrician or midwife has several options to treat HIE. The causes of the condition determine which option is best, and it is your medical provider’s duty to assess the situation and make the right decision. The most common treatment options are:
- Mechanical ventilation
- Cooling the body (if high temperatures are causing HIE)
- Blood pressure treatment
Hypoxic Birth Injury
Hypoxia occurs when a part of the body lacks oxygen. Premature babies have a high risk for hypoxia, due to their lungs frequently being underdeveloped. It is your doctor’s duty to recognize the risk factors and warning signs of hypoxia and to intervene appropriately.
Anoxia Birth Injury
Anoxia is a type of hypoxia. In the context of childbirth, it is a condition in which the baby’s brain is completely deprived of oxygen. It requires immediate intervention for the baby to have any chance of recovery and a healthy life. If the baby remains in an anoxic state for long, they may die or suffer permanent brain damage.
Asphyxia Birth Injury
Birth asphyxia is yet another condition in which the baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen or blood flow at birth. It usually occurs during or immediately after the birth itself. Once again, the speed and effectiveness of the medical provider’s intervention determine the baby’s long-term prognosis.
Perinatal Asphyxia Birth Injury
Perinatal asphyxia, a type of asphyxia birth injury, can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or directly after birth.
The Newsome | Melton Personal Injury Team Helps You Recover the Full Damages You Deserve
If your child suffered a brain injury at birth, we want to help you recover the full compensation you deserve. The purpose of our initial case evaluation is to determine the strength of your case and the extent of damages you have incurred. We will build a compelling case and go after the full amount. Your medical malpractice settlement might include the following damages:
Medical bills include all costs you have incurred and expect to incur in the future to treat your child’s condition. For example, hospital bills, surgeries, doctor copays, prescriptions, medical devices, emergency transportation, and more.
If you have had to miss work to tend to your child’s illness, you are eligible for compensation for the income you have forfeited.
Costs of Childcare and Tutoring
Because of your child’s brain injury, they might require constant care and supervision, as well as special tutoring or educational resources to succeed in school. We will go after the responsible party for these costs.
Pain and Suffering
You and your child have undoubtedly suffered physical and mental distress because of your child’s birth injury. You deserve compensation for this as well, and our team will help you get it.