Alaska Medical Malpractice Law Firm for Birth Injuries
When negligence during a delivery causes lasting harm or death
A birth injury is an injury or trauma that is a direct result of the birthing process. Birth injuries can occur naturally, since a delivery has inherent risks for both mother and child. However, when a maternal healthcare provider fails to perform at an acceptable standard of care and acts or fails to act in a manner that causes harm, that person may be found negligent and therefore liable for the harm done to a mother or child. If the medical staff acted negligently when you or a loved one gave birth, those who were harmed may deserve compensation. Because birth injuries often have far-reaching consequences, you should only trust highly knowledgeable attorneys. For more than 20 years, the medical malpractice attorneys at Dillon & Findley have sought fair compensation for victims of birth injuries in Alaska. We have the experience and resources to achieve a successful resolution of your claim.
Types of birth injuries
Under the best of circumstances, childbirth is hard on a woman’s body. Modern medicine has established protocols to ease these difficulties and intervene when needed. However, when negligent healthcare providers ignore protocols and either fail to respond or respond incompetently to foreseeable complications, a mother and child can suffer unnecessarily. Examples of birth injuries include:
- Injury to the mother – Causes include drug errors, general or epidural anesthesia errors, diagnostic errors, and surgical mistakes, such as botched Caesarian incisions and episiotomies. Mothers can suffer asphyxiation, blood loss, shock, infection, scarring, and uterine rupture, among other harmful effects.
- Injury to the child – The greatest risks to the child are strangulation from the umbilical cord, pressure on the skull and wrenching of the neck/shoulder area. Harmful effects include brain damage from lack of oxygen, skull bruising, damage to blood vessels in the eyes, cerebral palsy, fracture of the clavicle and shoulder dislocation.
- Wrongful death of the mother and/or child – If a mother and/or child dies as a result of a medical error, the next of kin may have an action for wrongful death.
Proving more than liability – setting fair compensation for permanent birth injuries
As with any medical malpractice claim, a birth injury plaintiff must prove negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. Equally important to proving liability is putting forward a convincing case for a damage amount that truly compensates the victim, especially in cases where the extent of the injury is uncertain or difficult to quantify. Dillon & Findley is an experienced medical malpractice law firm with the ability to make a compelling case for compensation that matches your catastrophic loss.
Call Dillon & Findley, P.C. today for a free consultation.
From our office in Anchorage, Dillon & Findley serves all of Alaska. We offer a free initial consultation for all legal issues. For birth injury cases, our firm advances all litigation costs. You do not pay our attorney’s fees unless the case resolves favorably. Our office is located in downtown Anchorage near the U.S. District Court, Alaska Supreme Court and Alaska Superior Court.