Experienced Charleston Birth Injury Lawyers
Compassionate representation for families for more than two decades in South Carolina
Most babies come into the world without a problem in the same way that babies have been born since the dawn of time. But there are sometimes complications when it comes to the natural process of childbirth. Sometimes those complications are a result of negligent actions or the failure to take appropriate action on the part of doctors and other members of the professional medical team and birth injuries occur.
The experienced birth injury attorney team at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, understands the heartache that families feel when their otherwise perfect newborn has suffered serious injury because of the negligence of physicians and professional medical staff. Our Charleston medical malpractice lawyers are here to fight for our clients’ rights and win the compensation you deserve.
Our civil justice system provides a venue for people who have suffered injuries at the hands of negligent medical professionals to recover financial compensation for their injuries and on behalf of their infant who might have suffered life-altering birth injuries.
What are birth injuries?
There are many kinds of birth injuries that are sustained in different ways. Whether the baby was deprived of oxygen during childbirth, the baby was too large to pass through the birth canal, suffered a brain injury from exposure to a maternal infection or they were injured by forceps or vacuum extraction, the following are birth injuries that can occur due to the negligence of medical professionals.
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Caput succedaneum
- Shoulder dystocia
- Placental abruption
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Undiagnosed preeclampsia
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb’s Palsy
- Klumpke’s Palsy
While some of the injuries an infant suffers at birth will eventually resolve themselves and the child will recover and go on to lead a normal life. Others, such as brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation, will never resolve and they will have lifelong implications for the child. Effects such as developmental delays, difficulty walking and talking and other health problems which will require ongoing medical treatment can cause undue hardship and expense for the parents.
Filing a birth injury lawsuit allows parents to recover compensation that will cover the medical care and other related expenses that can continue for decades.
How do birth injuries occur?
There are many factors that can contribute to birth injuries, and while some are unavoidable, others are the result of negligence on the part of the medical team. Some of those factors include:
- Failure to monitor the condition of the baby
- Delay or failure to order a timely cesarean section
- Medication errors
- Failure to monitor prenatal infection
- Misuse of vacuum extractor or forceps
- Failure to respond to umbilical cord entrapment
Doctors and medical staff go through years of education and training so that they know how to care for mothers as they are giving birth. There are times when seasoned professionals make mistakes because they are human beings, but when you place your life and your child’s life in the hands of trained professionals, you do not expect injuries that were preventable.
When should I file a Charleston, SC birth injury claim?
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations on a birth injury or other malpractice claim is three years from the date of injury (or discovery of the injury). It’s important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible on behalf of your child or family, so our legal team can begin preparing your case and gathering evidence.
We seek the maximum compensation for birth injuries, including past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and future costs of healthcare and daily living.
How can a Charleston birth injury attorney help?
The experienced Charleston birth injury attorneys at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips understand the complexities of proving birth injury cases. We work with the best medical specialists who investigate every aspect of the case until the cause of the injury is uncovered and the responsible party is held accountable.
We fight for the compensation our clients need to cover the mounting medical expenses and the ongoing medical care that might be required for a child who has suffered lasting injuries. We have years of experience preparing compelling cases and negotiating with insurance companies. You benefit from that experience by receiving quality representation and attentive care from our legal team .
Secure the legal services of a competent Charleston birth injury attorney today
McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, offers experienced legal advice to clients in South Carolina birth injury cases. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation by calling the office at 803-327-7800 or use our contact form. Let a Charleston birth injury lawyer form our firm help you and your family.