In searching for a birth injury lawyer like me, Tracey Dellacona, you are searching for someone with compassion and medical knowledge in addition to extensive expertise in this area of law. When medical professionals misapply common birthing techniques, fail to diagnose complications, and make other types of errors, both mother and child can suffer serious injuries. As an RN who has been practicing law for 17 years, I bring my extensive and unique dual experience to every birth injury malpractice case.
What is a birth injury?
Birth injuries occur when a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider causes an injury through an act or a failure to act. In birth injury cases, a medical professional knowingly didn’t follow through with the proper standard of care for the mother and/or child leading up to, during, or following the child’s birth. The standard of care is what a reasonably prudent nurse or doctor would do under similar circumstances.
What can cause a birth injury?
Birth injuries can be caused by many types of medical errors, including:
- Failure to diagnose a major condition, complication, or infection
- Failure to follow delivery procedures
- Failure to properly monitor the child’s heart rate
- Improper use of delivery tools
What are the most common birth injuries?
Common birth injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Fetal stroke or seizures
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Anoxic brain injuries
- Brachial plexus injury/shoulder dystocia
Preeclampsia has to do with high blood pressure in the mother during pregnancy and damage to an organ in the baby, such as the liver or kidneys. Although preeclampsia can emerge at any time in a pregnancy or just after birth, it most commonly develops late in the pregnancy and is a common cause of premature births and resulting complications like epilepsy, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and vision problems. Preeclampsia can lead to stroke, seizure, heart failure, or death in the mother if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
I would be honored to talk with you about your child’s unique situation and what their birth injury may mean for the rest of their lives.