SKILLED WASHINGTON, DC BIRTH INJURY ATTORNEYS HELPING FAMILIES MOVE FORWARD
COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR MOTHERS AND NEWBORNS INJURED BY NEGLIGENT HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
The birth of your child is a magical event: Your hopes and your dreams for your new child’s future are finally about to be realized. When your child is injured, however, it can feel like the world has stopped spinning. You need answers. You need reassurance. You need to know you can protect your child.
At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we offer you our assistance in getting what you need to help your child. We are a father-and-sons team of lawyers who advocate for birth injury victims throughout Washington, DC, the surrounding areas. Over the last four decades, we have secured millions of dollars in compensation for parents and children whose injuries required constant medical attention, making day-to-day living a challenge. Some of our more notable awards include:
- $50 million verdict for young mother injured during childbirth: Clifton v. Georgetown University Hospital
- $37 million verdict in for birth defects caused by a prescription drug: Havner v. Merrell Dow
- $6 million verdict for injury suffered during childbirth: Yates v. George Washington Hospital and Washington Hospital Center
- $2.75 million verdict for child with cerebral palsy: Beach v. Ross
- $530,000 verdict for birth injury: Hamilton v. Kaiser Permanente
We know that your only goal is to protect your family: let our family help yours.
WHAT IS A BIRTH INJURY?
When we talk about “birth injuries,” we are generally speaking of injuries sustained by a child during the birthing process. Not all of these injuries are permanent, but those that are often require years, even a lifetime, of care. These types of injuries are sometimes called birth traumas, and they include injuries like:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Injury, such as Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE
- Shoulder dystocia
Labor and delivery negligence can also lead to birth injuries. Labor is a difficult process even when everything goes perfectly. A doctor or attendee who is negligent to your needs during labor or delivery can cause irreparable damage to the mother and the child. We routinely handle cases involving:
- Forceps Injuries
- Pitocin and antibiotics Errors
- Skull Fractures During Birth
- Vacuum Extractor Delivery Injuries
After the baby enters the world, he or she and the new mother need extra TLC after delivery. Both are more susceptible to infections, and many mothers are overcome by feelings of sadness – even at this happy time in their lives. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff who fail to monitor newborns and new mothers, thus missing clues to changes in their health or behaviors, may be guilty of post-partum negligence, which can lead to injuries as well.
WHAT CAUSES BIRTH INJURIES?
Not all birth injuries are caused by negligence; some are the result of genetics, and the signs may not always show up on pre-term tests. However, the leading causes of birth injury related to negligence include:
- Medical malpractice. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country, and they contribute to the number of birth injuries we see in Washington, DC every year. Failing to monitor mother and child, or to diagnose symptoms of an underlying problem, or making a mistake with a birth chart: all of these are considered acts of medical malpractice.
- Delayed birth. When the birthing process has gone on for too long, the mother and the baby can go into distress. This will elevate the baby’s blood pressure, and puts pressure on the skull as well. Delayed C-section injuries are among the most common, and the most dangerous, types of birth injuries there are.
- Oxygen deprivation. When the fetal brain is denied oxygen, it can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Babies who are delivered too young, or who have the umbilical cord wrapped around their necks, or who should have been delivered by C-section as opposed to vaginally, are at an increased risk of oxygen deprivation.
SEEKING COMPENSATION FOR A BIRTH INJURY
Depending on the severity of your child’s injury, he or she may need life-long care. Full-time caretaking is very costly, as are the various medication, prosthetics, therapies and adaptive technologies. There is no guaranteed amount of money you may be awarded in a birth injury case; however, you may make a claim for:
- Medical costs, both current and anticipated
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If your child is stillborn, or dies during the birthing process, you may also make a claim for the funeral expenses along with a wrongful death claim.
Paulson & Nace, PLLC has an in-depth understanding of how and why birth injuries occur. Our skilled team of Washington, DC birth injury attorneys works with authoritative sources and utilizes cutting-edge technology to explain our clients’ unique situations to judges and juries alike. We know what it takes to build successful cases against DC hospitals and other local facilities, and we know how to hold negligent parties accountable when their errors lead to your loss.
Support for birth injury victims in Washington, DC and beyond
Paulson & Nace, PLLC, is widely recognized throughout Washington, DC for our aggressive advocacy of birth injury victims. When you choose us, you are choosing a team who values family. Please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form to tell us your story in a no-obligation consultation with an accomplished Washington, DC birth injury lawyer. We promise you that you do not have to suffer alone.