Welcoming a new member of the family into your life should be a time of joy and expectation. Unfortunately, for far too many people, medical negligence turns it into a time of anger and sadness. If your child has suffered a preventable birth injury in Covington, you and your family deserve justice—and the team at Kaufman Law can pursue it on your behalf.

For more than 45 years, our firm has stood up on behalf of injured Georgians and helped them get the financial compensation they’ve needed to put their lives back together after a horrible tragedy. Let us extend our experience, skills, and resources to you during this challenging time. Contact us today for a free consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Covington, and let’s discuss your next steps together.

What Is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is any physical harm or trauma a baby suffers during the labor and delivery process. While some birth injuries are minor and do no lasting damage, others can lead to lifelong consequences, such as brain damage or nerve injuries. Birth injuries can occur due to a variety of reasons, including trauma during delivery, oxygen deprivation, or improper use of medical devices like forceps or vacuum extractors. Medical professionals are often liable for birth injuries, and determining exactly where and how an injury occurred is crucial to holding them accountable.

Common Types of Birth Injuries

While birth injuries come in a wide range of types, some of the most common and serious include:

  • Brachial Plexus Injuries (BPI): Damage to the brachial plexus nerves that control muscles in the shoulder, arm, or hand, often occurring during difficult deliveries.
  • Cerebral Palsy: A disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills, often caused by brain damage before, during, or just after birth.
  • Bone Fractures: Commonly involving the clavicle or collarbone during a challenging birth process.
  • Perinatal Asphyxia: A condition resulting from the baby not receiving enough oxygen before, during, or immediately after birth, potentially leading to various physical and neurological issues.
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage: Bleeding under the skull or within the brain, often caused by birth trauma.
  • Caput Succedaneum: Significant swelling of the soft tissues of a baby’s scalp, which develops as the baby travels through the birth canal.
  • Cephalohematoma: An accumulation of blood between a baby’s skull and the periosteum due to vessel trauma during birth.
  • Facial Paralysis: Damage to the facial nerves, which may occur if there is too much pressure on the baby’s face during delivery or the use of forceps.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Rare but severe injuries that can occur during labor and delivery, leading to significant neurological deficits.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Negligence on the part of medical professionals is often to blame for birth injuries. This negligence might involve:

  • Prolonged Labor: Extended labor can stress the baby, increasing the risk of oxygen deprivation and physical trauma.
  • Improper Use of Birth-Assisting Tools: Forceps or vacuum extractors, if used incorrectly, can cause physical harm to the baby, such as skull fractures or nerve damage.
  • Poor Monitoring of Developing Conditions: The birthing process is inherently dangerous, and doctors must monitor the mother and child’s conditions carefully in order to respond to developing risks.
  • Excessive Force: Applying too much force during delivery, especially when manipulating the baby’s head or shoulders, can lead to brachial plexus injuries or other physical trauma.
  • Oxytocin Induction: Excessive or improper use of drugs like oxytocin to induce or accelerate labor can lead to overly strong and frequent contractions, potentially stressing the baby.
  • Premature Birth: Premature babies are more vulnerable to injuries because their bodies are less developed and more fragile.
  • Breech Position: Babies not positioned head-first at the time of delivery can lead to complications, increasing the risk of injury during childbirth.
  • Large Baby (Macrosomia): Delivering a larger-than-average baby can be more complicated, increasing the risk of injury if medical interventions are not appropriately managed.

Claiming Compensation After a Birth Injury

Depending on the circumstances of the injury, any of the following could be to blame:

  • Obstetricians/Gynecologists: These medical professionals are directly involved in the delivery process and could be held liable for actions or omissions that lead to injuries.
  • Pediatricians: Pediatricians are responsible for care after birth, and they could be liable if they fail to diagnose or treat birth injuries promptly and appropriately.
  • Nurses and Midwives: These healthcare providers assist during childbirth and are responsible for monitoring fetal heart rates and managing complications that can arise during labor and delivery.
  • Anesthesiologists: Responsible for administering anesthesia during labor and delivery, anesthesiologists could be liable if their actions result in injuries to the mother or baby.
  • Pharmaceutical Companies: If a birth injury is linked to a medication used during pregnancy or childbirth, the manufacturer could be held liable for producing a defective or unreasonably dangerous product.
  • Medical Device Manufacturers: Companies that produce medical devices used during childbirth (like forceps or vacuum extractors) could be liable if defects in their products cause injuries.

If any of these medical professionals is responsible for your child’s birth injury, you can demand they compensate you for what your family has suffered as a result. This could include financial costs like additional medical treatment for the injury and lost wages while you stay home to care for your child, as well as personal losses like the pain and suffering your child has experienced.

How Our Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Covington Can Help

For more than 45 years, Kaufman Law has been proud to represent clients across the Atlanta metro area. Our current team has more than a century of combined experience to leverage on your behalf. If your family is struggling in the wake of a preventable birth injury, let us help by:

  • Investigating the injury and working with medical experts to determine where the negligence occurred
  • Calculating the total cost of your personal and financial losses related to the injury
  • Building a strong and compelling case establishing the cause of the birth injury and the medical professional’s fault for it
  • Filing complaints and working within strict deadlines to negotiate for a fair out-of-court settlement
  • Taking your case to trial if it becomes the best way to assert your rights

Birth injury cases are complicated, and you should not have to pursue yours on your own. Instead, let our talented professionals do the heavy lifting for you. While we do that, you can focus on your family’s needs during this challenging time.

Contact Kaufman Law Today

Ready to stand up and demand justice for a birth injury your child suffered in Covington, Georgia? Then contact Kaufman Law for a free consultation today. A birth injury lawyer serving Covington can review your case and advise you on your options at no upfront cost to you.

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  • Merge onto I-20 W via the ramp to Atlanta. You will be on I-20 W for the majority of your journey, approximately 30 miles.
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  • Take exit 54 for Langhorn St toward Cascade Rd.
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  • Turn left onto Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW. Proceed for about 1 mile.
  • Turn right onto Westview Dr SW.
  • Turn left onto Beck St SW. Continue until you reach 12 Beck St NW.
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