Birth trauma refers to traumatic injuries suffered by a newborn during labor or delivery. Although birth trauma injuries can occur despite appropriate medical care and treatment, many times they are the result of the healthcare provider’s negligence.
The causes of birth trauma can be quite complicated and typically require full medical record review and the knowledge and assistance of multiple expert witnesses. Depending upon the facts of the case, and the stage of the investigation or litigation, the services of an obstetrics nurse-paralegal, obstetrician, gynecologist, perinatologist, neonatologist, pediatric neurologist, pediatric neuroradiologist, placental pathologist, or other medical or forensic expert may be required.
At Charles Law Offices, it is our responsibility as your trial counsel to possess a thorough and detailed understanding of your medical records and the core medical issues involved in the litigation. In this way, we can help you to accurately evaluate the merits of your birth trauma case, and appropriately select one or more expert witnesses needed to prove — and win — your case.
At Charles Law Offices, we are committed to serving and assisting you through this stressful time. If you, or your child, are the victim of birth trauma injuries resulting from medical malpractice, we can help. We will work diligently to discover what went wrong during your child’s birth. If the birth trauma is the result of preventable medical negligence, we will zealously represent your legal interests in order to hold accountable the party responsible for the tragic injuries.
Birth trauma can result from numerous causes. Therefore, at Charles Law Offices, it is our responsibility as your trial counsel to inquire into various types of medical data pertaining to your case
Various types of medical data pertain to your case include, without limitation: the number of prior pregnancies, live births, elective abortions and spontaneous miscarriages; whether medications were taken to promote conception and maintain the pregnancy after fertilization; complications in previous pregnancies; whether the child was delivered vaginally or by Cesarean Section; the length of labor; child birth weight; the presence of diseases, illnesses or medical conditions such as genital herpes, diabetes, hypertension or an incompetent cervix; and the results of any Rubella Titer to evaluate the mother’s immunity to German measles.
Specific inquiries must be made concerning the family/mother’s medical history; the mother’s medical condition and habits during the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy; labor; type of delivery (vaginal or Cesarean Section); and the newborn’s appearance, condition and injuries at birth, its nursery admission, and its subsequent care.
In order to conduct a meaningful review of any birth trauma case, Charles Law Offices will request to obtain for review the following records:
Additional records and experts that may be required if other critical issues need to be resolved in the birth trauma case may include, without limitation:
Medical malpractice during labor may proximately cause severe asphyxia, and ensuing death, cerebral palsy (CP) or other lifelong maladies, with great distress to the families and infants. Birth trauma litigation involving claims of medical negligence encompasses multiple types of injuries and medical conditions including, without limitation:
Medical studies have shown that the most common cause of malpractice leading to traumatic birth injuries is that stated guidelines for fetal surveillance are not followed. Examples of medical malpractice resulting from inadequate fetal surveillance include, without limitation: (1) neglecting to supervise fetal well-being; (2) neglecting signs of fetal asphyxia; and (3) malpractice around delivery.
Make no mistake about it, EXPERIENCE COUNTS! There is no substitute for nearly 40 years of legal experience, knowledge, training, and major trial success. If you, or your child, have been the victim of medical malpractice, you need lawyers who can stand up to the multi-million dollar resources of the healthcare industry and prove your case — like attorneys Fredrick E. Charles and Dennis G. Charles of the Charles Law Offices.
Their impressive track record of big wins and huge financial settlements for their medical malpractice clients speaks for itself. So if you, or your child, have been hurt by medical malpractice resulting in a traumatic birth injury, trust Charles Law Offices to get results for you. We’ll recover money for your pain and suffering, medical bills, missed time at work, embarrassment and humiliation, impaired earnings capacity, loss of life’s interests and pleasures, and more.
Since 1977, we have helped injured individuals, including victims of medical malpractice and professional negligence, get the justice and money damages they deserve. Our legal knowledge, experience, and courtroom skills are the best assets to have on your side.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with a lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the attorneys at Charles Law Offices.
The Charles Brothers’ devotion to the law is derived from a family history in the legal system and of service to others. Their father, Charles “Chink” Charles (depicted in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph) held a 35 year career in law enforcement, and was selected to serve as the personal bodyguard for former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson during their campaign visits to Allentown.