Compassionate lawyers representing birth injury patients

Statistics show that each year, about 6 to 9 out of every 1,000 infants born in the United States suffers a birth injury, many of which are preventable. If your infant suffered a mild to severe birth injury, you are not alone. Doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health care professionals have the responsibility to ensure your child’s birth goes as smoothly as possible. When a health care provider makes a serious error during the prenatal or labor and delivery process, you may be able to pursue legal action.

The Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton has recovered multiple multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for victims of birth injuries, including $6.9 million for a spinal cord injury victim, $6.9 million for a brain injury victim, and $1.5 million for a brachial plexus injury victim. No amount of money can repair the physical or emotional damage done to your child and your family, but we can help offset the cost of past, present, and future medical bills and other related expenses.

Types of birth injuries

Birth injuries range from mild to severe. The effects can be temporary, requiring a defined period of medical treatment while other injuries could result in a permanent disability. Common types of birth injuries include:

The causes of birth injuries also vary widely. An error could occur with the use of certain instruments, such as a vacuum extractor or forceps. Perhaps the treating OBG/YN made a mistake by performing a vaginal delivery instead of a caesarian section, or failed to anticipate potential complications.

When an emergency does present itself, all medical professionals must rise to the occasion, acting quickly to address all concerns. They must effectively deal with signs of fetal distress, issues with the umbilical cord, bleeding, and more.

Additionally, a problem may have been present during the pregnancy that should have been discovered and addressed during the prenatal period. Doctors and other professionals who fail in these duties may be found legally accountable for malpractice.

Who can be held liable for my child’s birth injury in Baltimore or Washington D.C.?

From doctor negligence to hospital error, a range of medical professionals and institutions may be held legally responsible for your baby’s complications. Under some circumstances, more than one party can share the blame. Examples of potentially liable parties include:

  • OBG/YNs
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Ultrasound technicians
  • Midwives
  • Hospitals
  • Birthing centers
  • Doulas

What you should do if a birth injury happens

Nothing is more important than the health of your children. The birth of a newborn should be a joyous event, not a tragic ordeal. The law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton expertly handles a wide range of medical malpractice cases from birth injuries to emergency room errors. To learn more about the services Schochor, Federico and Staton have to offer, please contact us today at 410-234-1000. We review your potential claim and advise you on how to proceed.  We serve clients in Washington D.C. and throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Rockville, Greenbelt, Annapolis, and Columbia.