Maryland Birth Injury Attorneys
Preventable birth injuries have devastating consequences for Maryland families. Plaxen & Adler, P.A. attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping parents cope with the effects of this type of medical malpractice. Families need to understand that labor and delivery errors can lead to years of corrective treatment and extraordinary medical care. We have the expertise and sensitivity to hold the negligent parties accountable, and to provide a secure future for these children. The birth injury lawyers at Plaxen & Adler work aggressively to help these families from our nine offices throughout Maryland.
Common types of birth injuries
While some birth injuries heal quickly on their own and the child suffers no long-lasting injury, others require immediate medical attention. It is these more severe injuries that, if preventable, can make a doctor liable for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Common birth injuries include:
- Shoulder dystocia. With shoulder dystocia, the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. This may cause the baby to be unable to breathe, which can result in brain damage. The baby’s arm can also suffer paralysis through pinched nerves (brachial or Erb’s palsy) if not freed properly.
- Cerebral palsy. Although there are several causes of cerebral palsy, one reason can be a difficult childbirth, where the infant is deprived of oxygen. Lack of oxygen can cause problems with body movement, muscle coordination, seizures and weak or contracted muscles.
- Brachial palsy. Brachial plexus injury may result when a doctor pulls too hard on a baby’s head or shoulder during delivery. Damaging the brachial group of nerves near the baby’s shoulder can leave the baby’s arm weak, numb or paralyzed.
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a condition resulting in circulatory problems that can lead to a lack of oxygen and possible brain damage or death. PPHN can be caused by a complicated delivery.
Birth injuries are not always readily noticeable. But once they are, you should consult an experienced birth injury lawyer in Maryland to see if grounds exist for medical malpractice.
At Plaxen & Adler, we are skilled in fighting for the rights of children who cannot fight for themselves. We want to ensure your child is taken care of for life.
Call the Maryland attorneys of Plaxen & Adler at 443.472.4864 or contact us online.