We Are Here For You When The Unthinkable Happens
Pregnancy is a risky time for many women. So, too, are labor and delivery. Countless complications can arise at any point — especially if doctors don’t promptly diagnose and treat problems. The consequences can be devastating for both mother and child.
At the Massachusetts law office of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we’re here for you when the unthinkable happens. Our attorneys and medical staff help parents with children who have suffered birth injuries because of medical negligence. We also handle cases involving injury to the mother.
Why choose us? We have extensive medical knowledge, a trusted network of medical specialists and a strong record of results.
Getting To The Bottom Of Birth Defects And 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, we can help you get answers. 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 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: This tragic and lifelong condition results from brain damage during pregnancy or birth. It leads to disabilities such as paralysis, muscle spasms, inability to walk, cognitive delays and speech problems.
- Placenta Previa: When the placenta obstructs the birth canal, it can prevent a normal delivery if not diagnosed in time. It may also cause excessive bleeding and other dangerous complications.
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen): Any number of complications can deprive the fetus of oxygen during labor, leading to profound consequences. Vigilant monitoring of the fetal heartbeat will alert the doctor and hospital staff if a Cesarean section becomes necessary. Delay or failure to perform a C-section can injure the child, causing permanent 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 to the arm. It is more common among babies that are too large for normal vaginal delivery (a condition called macrosomia). Proper prenatal monitoring is essential for detecting this problem and planning a Cesarean section. If the shoulder does end up getting stuck in the birth canal, doctors should use the widely accepted methods for preventing nerve injuries.
- Genetic disorders: Many hereditary disorders and metabolic diseases can be diagnosed prenatally by amniocentesis. When doctors fail to order these tests when indicated — or fail to properly interpret the results — they should be held responsible.
- Pain relief during delivery: A major risk of general anesthesia during delivery is aspiration pneumonia because of the increased time it takes the stomach to empty. Complications can also result from epidurals and other forms of pain relief.
- Shoulder dystocia: On occasion, the baby’s shoulders get stuck once the head has been delivered. The shoulder becomes impacted behind the pubic bone. If not properly handled, shoulder dystocia can lead to complications such as nerve damage and oxygen deprivation.
- Umbilical cord prolapse: The umbilical cord is literally the fetus’s lifeline. If it becomes compressed during pregnancy, labor or delivery, the fetus can suffer from severe brain damage and other complications. This serious condition is a medical emergency that can result in stillbirth if not promptly identified and treated.
- Forceps delivery: The forceps is a tong-line instrument used to deliver the baby’s head in limited situations — for example, when a quick delivery is necessary or when certain abnormalities are preventing the head from advancing during labor. Improper use of forceps can cause significant injuries.
- Vacuum extraction: Similar to a forceps delivery, vacuum extraction may be necessary in limited circumstances. It can also cause injury if not preformed properly.
Don’t Keep Wondering What Went Wrong
After a traumatic delivery experience, you are likely left with numerous unanswered questions. Parents in these situations are often unaware that medical negligence played a role in their child’s injuries. If your family is suffering because of improper medical care, you shouldn’t have to keep wondering if it could have been prevented. Our lawyers will help you get answers.