South Carolina Birth injury Lawyers
The birth of a child is a precious event. Everyone in the delivery room has an important role to play, and there is simply no room for careless mistakes. In fact, delivery room errors cause birth injuries that may have severe consequences for your child.
Birth injuries that result from medical malpractice cause brain damage, physical disabilities, and other medical issues that negatively impact a child for the rest of their life. A child who suffers from birth injuries will require long-term medical treatment and other costly interventions.
If your child was injured by medical malpractice, contact the experienced South Carolina birth injury attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. Our firm has won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Firm partner Jim Puga won a record-breaking $17.9 million medical malpractice verdict.
The South Carolina trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have been recognized for providing our clients with superior service by Avvo and Super Lawyers, a rating agency that uses peer recommendations to determine which attorneys have attained the highest degree of professional achievement.
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A birth injury is any physical harm a child suffers due to medical negligence that occurs before, during, or after delivery. Medical malpractice takes place when a doctor, nurse, or someone else on the delivery team commits a negligent act that deviates from the generally accepted standard of care.
Hospitals and administrators can also be held liable for malpractice when they hire incompetent employees or when they fail to implement the right procedures and training to prevent infants from being harmed.
An OB/GYN is a doctor whose medical specialty includes childbirth and women’s reproductive health. When a woman is pregnant, the OB/GYN provides prenatal care, monitoring the health of both mother and child. In South Carolina, the delivery team is led by an OB/GYN or a midwife.
There are medical conditions that must be diagnosed and carefully treated by the OB/GYN to prevent birth injuries, such as preeclampsia, a form of maternal high blood pressure.
Members of the delivery team have to monitor the baby’s health, and the OB/GYN must be prepared for quick decisions to protect the child. If complications threaten to delay childbirth, the OB/GYN may have to order a C-section to prevent the loss of oxygen to the baby, which can lead to permanent brain damage.
After the child is born, hospital staff must be on the lookout for jaundice or other conditions, which may cause birth injuries if not properly treated. Examples of medical negligence that may cause disabilities include:
- Failure to timely order a C-section
- Failure to properly monitor the child’s vital signs
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors
- Improperly twisting or pulling the baby’s arm
- Undiagnosed preeclampsia and other prenatal conditions
- Failure to respond to umbilical cord complications
- Administering the wrong medication or providing the wrong dosage
- Applying excessive force to the baby’s head or neck
Birth injuries could be almost completely eliminated if everyone working in the hospital performed their job correctly. Children who suffer from birth injuries face a lifetime of hardship. They may have to undergo several rounds of surgery and other forms of medical treatment. Their physical and mental abilities may be impaired, and these patients often require hearing aids, prosthetics, wheelchairs, and other medical devices.
Birth injuries caused by medical malpractice include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain damage
- Klumpke paralysis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder dystocia
The South Carolina birth injury lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will review your child’s medical records to find out what caused their birth injuries. Then, we will interview witnesses and consult with medical experts so we can build a strong medical malpractice case.
When our investigation is complete, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a claim or lawsuit that includes the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- In-home care
- Emotional suffering
- Speech therapy
- Diminished earning capacity
- Educational interventions
- Specialized care
- Wheelchairs and prosthetic devices
- In-home nursing care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Lost quality of life
For over 40 years, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been helping families with children who have been affected by birth injuries. We believe that if someone harmed your child, they should have to pay for it.
Our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys always have time for our clients, and we never stop fighting for justice.
Call us at (877) 433-3906 to learn more about your legal options today.