MA OBGYN Malpractice Lawyer
During pregnancy, there are conditions that if not diagnosed or treated properly can lead to devastating consequences for the mother and child. Mistakes made by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals during labor and delivery can result in serious birth injuries.
At the Massachusetts law office of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, our attorneys and staff help parents whose child suffered a birth defect or birth injury because of medical negligence. Doctor Barry Lang is a highly respected medical malpractice attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. He uses his extensive medical knowledge and his network of medical specialists to evaluate suspected cases of OBGYN malpractice which cause preventable birth injuries.
Investigating the Causes of Birth Defects and Birth Injuries
If you are wondering if your child's injury or disability could have been prevented by appropriate medical care during your pregnancy or during delivery, contact our Boston law firm or call 800-LAWYERS. Don't assume it is too late to pursue a medical malpractice claim related to your child's birth. Even years later, we have been able to discover mistakes that were made and successfully recover compensation for birth injuries caused by negligence.
The emotional and financial cost of a birth injury caused by medical negligence is catastrophic. The cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other special services exceeds most family's financial resources. Coping with a physically disabled, developmentally disabled or brain damaged child takes a physical and emotional toll on the entire family. We seek compensation for all of the losses resulting from a preventable birth defect or injury.
Our firm confidently handles many different types of birth defect injuries cases, including:
- Cerebral Palsy : Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage during pregnancy or birth. Disabilities of the child include muscle paralysis or spasms and an inability to coordinate muscle movements. There are usually other problems as well such as mental retardation and speech difficulties.
- Placenta Previa: Placenta previa, where the placenta obstructs the birth canal, may prevent a normal delivery if not diagnosed in time; it may also cause excessive bleeding that may damage the newborn and mother and even cause death.
- Hypoxia (Lack of Oxygen): A lack of oxygen to the fetus during labor may have profound consequences. Vigilant monitoring of the fetal heartbeat will alert the doctor and hospital staff that there is a lack of oxygen and that a Cesarean section is necessary. Delay or failure to perform a C-section can injure the child and cause brain damage and cerebral palsy.
- Erb's Palsy: This devastating injury to the newborn is caused by stretching or tearing the nerves from the neck that go to the arm. It is usually preventable by proper monitoring of the pregnancy to make sure that the fetus is not too large (macrosomia) for normal vaginal delivery (especially in diabetic mothers). If the shoulder gets stuck in the birth canal, doctors should use standard methods to address this problem so that injury to the nerves does not occur.
- Genetic Disorders: Many genetic disorders and metabolic diseases can be diagnosed prenatally by amniocentesis.
- Analgesia and Anesthesia During Delivery: A major risk of general anesthesia during delivery is aspiration pneumonia because of the increased time it takes the stomach to empty.
- Shoulder Dystocia: This is an inability to deliver the shoulders after the head has been delivered. The shoulder becomes impacted behind the pubic bone.
- Umbilical Cord Prolapse: The umbilical cord may be compressed by the fetus during labor and delivery which may lead to fetal hypoxia, brain damage, and death.
- Forceps Delivery: The forceps is an instrument which is designed to help deliver the baby's head and is used in certain instances to quicken the delivery or overcome certain abnormalities that interfere with advancement of the head during labor.
- Vacuum Extraction: Once the vacuum cup has been applied, traction is made coincident with uterine contractions. Traction on the head should be discontinued between contractions.
If your child has a birth injury, it may be from negligent monitoring of your pregnancy or improper delivery methods.
Parents are oftentimes unaware that various birth defect injuries could be caused by medical malpractice, which is the failure of a doctor or other hospital staff to properly perform their duties during pregnancy, labor and delivery. If you or your child has been injured because of improper medical care, you shouldn't have to keep wondering if it could have been prevented.
Contact a Birth Defect Injury Lawyer Today
To schedule a meeting with skilled attorney, Dr. Barry Lang, please call 617-720-0176 or toll free 800-LAWYERS, or contact us . The consultation is free; the representation invaluable.