Birth Injuries

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North Stonington, Connecticut Birth Injury Attorneys


Fighting for families when the stakes are highest is a challenging but rewarding job. Childbirth should be a joyous and special moment, but an unexpected turn of events can lead to some of the darkest moments imaginable.

In cases of medical negligence in the delivery room, infants and mothers can suffer outrageous & long-term injuries or even death of an unborn or newborn child. Such incidents are highly unacceptable and must be handled with the highest level of care.

Our attorneys provide the necessary support & guidance to successfully navigate a birth injury lawsuit. We have the expertise to help clients understand their legal rights and options, as well as to recover appropriate compensation.

Common Types of Birth Injuries:

  • Birth Asphyxia
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Delivery Room Errors
  • Forceps Injuries
  • Erb’s palsy brachial plexus birth injuries
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy hie (HIE)
  • Preeclampsia
  • Infant Brain 
  • Shoulder Dystocia Injuries

If a child was born with a severe injury like shoulder dystocia or hypoxia, or any debilitating condition such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy following a complicated pregnancy, labor, or delivery, it may be due to a birth injury.

Birth injuries can be devastating for families, not only due to the lasting physical and emotional toll it takes on them but also because of the considerable financial costs associated with it. Medical expenses can be extremely high and depending on the severity of the injury, lifelong care may be needed.

When your child suffers a birth injury, LRCR can investigate who might be responsible and liable. This could include the doctor, nurse, hospital, or even drug & medical device manufacturers. We can then help you seek financial compensation for the damages your family has endured.

Birth injuries can be classified into several categories, including physical injuries, such as bone fractures, shoulder dystocia, or brachial plexus palsy, neurological damage caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding in the brain, and infections that occur due to unclean delivery conditions.

Even with advanced medical practices and techniques, errors in childbirth are still possible due to negligent nurses or hospital staff. Such mistakes can cause severe health issues or disabilities to both the infant and the mother.

Some common birth injuries that affect infants include:

  • Birth asphyxia and other forms of oxygen deprivation
  • Cerebral palsy, which often results from a lack of oxygen during birth
  • Cephalohematoma, or bruising that occurs between the outer layers of skin and the brain
  • Brachial plexus injuries, which typically affect the shoulders, hands, and arms
  • Erb’s palsy, which often results in complete paralysis of one arm
  • Shoulder dystocia (the infant’s shoulders become lodged behind the pelvic bone)
  • Vacuum extraction and/or forceps injuries, including bruises, broken bones, and more
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) due to lack of oxygen

Common birth injuries affecting mothers include:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Perineal tears
  • Hemorrhaging
  • C-section errors
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Preeclampsia/eclampsia
  • Infection

In many cases of birth injuries, inadequate monitoring of an infant’s heart rate or delayed C-section orders have been the main contributing factor. Birth injuries can be caused by various factors such as incorrect delivery, inadequate pregnancy care, medication mismanagement, and much more. Our firm is here to help you uncover the root cause of the issue.

How are birth injuries different from birth defects?

Birth injuries are different from birth defects, as the former is caused by external factors during or shortly after delivery, whereas the latter occurs due to genetic or environmental factors before birth.

Birth defects can be caused by a range of factors such as genetics, parental health issues, and infections. On the other hand, birth injuries tend to occur during labor due to something going wrong during delivery.

Victims of birth trauma should be provided with compassionate care to ensure their well-being.

With over 100 years of combined experience helping individuals and families affected by medical malpractice throughout the state of Connecticut, our birth injury lawyers in North Stonington are well-known for achieving successful outcomes. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for families affected by birth trauma, enabling them to cover medical expenses for the injured child.

If your child has been hurt during labor or suffered from a birth-related illness, contact us immediately. We provide no cost, initial consultations and charge contingency fees – so there are no upfront costs.

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