Sumter, SC Birth Injury Lawyers Fighting for Compensation
Advocating for mothers and children hurt by failures in the delivery room
The worst news for anyone involved in the delivery of a newborn is that the child did not survive or has an injury that could have been prevented. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, and any healthcare provider who fails to use medical care that meets community standards can be held accountable for the harm they cause. Harm includes death, disfigurement, scarring, physical pain, and emotional suffering
The Sumter birth injury lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, are adept at bringing medical negligence claims. In birth injury cases, our lawyers work with experienced medical professionals to help prove the care was substandard and the injuries are permanent or require extensive medical help.
Common birth injuries
Birth injuries take many forms. Our Sumter birth injury attorneys work to detail each element of pain and every expense that will be needed to remedy or reduce the pain. Some of the most serious birth injuries are as follows:
- Cerebral palsy. Newborns who fail to get the right amount of oxygen can suffer brain damage, which, in turn, can cause cerebral palsy. Babies who develop cerebral palsy have to live with the condition for a lifetime. The disorder often causes bone deformities, muscle and joint damage, difficulty in moving arms and legs, and other problems.
- Hypoxia. Loss of oxygen can cause complications other than cerebral palsy. If a newborn does not get the right amount of oxygen, he or she may develop respiratory problems, learning disabilities, nerve damage, or brain damage. Some children may develop Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).
- Forceps injuries/disfigurement. Doctors, in emergency cases, sometimes resort to using forceps to grab the baby’s head and guide the newborn into the world. Forceps should only be used when necessary and must be used correctly. Improper use of forceps can cause disfigurement, spinal cord damage, fracture of the skill, and other serious health complications.
- Vacuum extraction injury. Doctors must only use this process to guide a child out the birth canal when no reasonable alternative exists. Vacuum extraction uses a cup and a vacuum pump. Improper use can cause harm to both the child and the mother. Children may develop brachial plexus, fractured skulls, or fractured collarbones. Mothers can develop anemia, urinary or genital problems, and pelvic muscle damage.
- Erb’s palsy. Doctors who pull or push a child’s upper arm incorrectly can cause nerve damage at the Erb’s point of the neck, which can affect the ability of the child to use his or her arms, hands, or fingers.
Our Sumter birth injury attorneys help children and mothers who suffer any type of harm due to medical malpractice.
Medical help needed to treat birth injuries
Children who suffer birth injuries often need additional surgeries and medical visits. Many need to take medications for months, years, or for the rest of their lives. Some children need surgeries, physical therapy, and rehabilitation therapy to:
- Improve their motor skills
- Remedy cognitive difficulties
- Address damage to muscles and joints
- Repair growth abnormalities
- Soften nerve pain
- Correct spinal cord damage
- Help improve breathing difficulties
- Improve the effects of osteoarthritis
- Cope with disfigurement and scarring
All of these medical treatments can be expensive. We fight to get the costs of these and future treatments paid as part of a jury award or negotiated settlement.
Speak with a professional Sumter birth injury attorney today
More than 20 years ago, our founding lawyers began helping injury victims in South Carolina. Our Sumter birth injury lawyers are ready to help children who suffered any kind of birth injury, get justice for the injuries they often have to live with every day for the rest of their lives. At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, we work to hold medical care providers liable for all the damages they caused. For help now, please call us at 803-327-7800 or compete our contact form to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney in our Sumter, South Carolina office.