Birth injuries, also known as birth trauma, are injuries that a brand-new baby sustains during pregnancy or delivery that may have gone wrong. Some injuries will go away during the baby’s first year of life; others are lifelong afflictions that could require significant ongoing medical care. Experts estimate that about seven out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States sustain some type of birth trauma.
If someone you care about suffers from a birth injury that could have been prevented, contact a South Carolina birth injury lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. We can help residents of Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, Aiken, Sumter, Charleston, Irmo, Myrtle Beach, Richland County, Rock Hill and throughout South Carolina file a birth injury claim.
Unfortunately, some birth injuries are the result of malpractice by the medical professionals who care for the mother during her pregnancy and at the birth. If doctors, nurses or other caregivers fail to meet the standards for the type of medical care a mother and baby need, they have committed medical malpractice. This is often a failure to act rather than a deliberate act that harms the patients — for example, failure to detect problems in the baby’s position during delivery, or not interpreting test results correctly. Medical professionals have an obligation to know the signs that indicate a delivery could be complicated, and plan accordingly. Delivery complications that often lead to a birth injury include:
While some birth injuries heal in the first few weeks of a baby’s life, others are permanent disabilities that affect every aspect of a new baby’s future and potential. Children with brachial plexus injuries may require multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy; children with cerebral palsy and other types of brain damage may need special assistance to perform the daily tasks of life. In addition to dramatically affecting the child and his or her family for a lifetime, this can also be a very expensive burden for an average family to carry.
At the Louthian Law Firm, we’ve been handling personal injury cases in Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, Aiken, Sumter and throughout South Carolina since 1959. We have extensive experience in all areas of personal injury law and we’re committed to putting that experience to work for you, while offering the personal service and understanding that families in crisis need. And because we know you’ve got a lot on your mind, we always offer free consultations to potential clients, with no further obligation on your part. To schedule a free case evaluation, call the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200.
If you have a child who has suffered from a birth injury in South Carolina, it is important to speak with an experienced birth injury attorney. At the Louthian Law Firm, you can rest assured that we will work hard to protect your interests. Contact us for a free consultation.