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Indianapolis Birth Injury Lawyers

Indianapolis Birth Injury Lawyers

Like many other forms of medical malpractice, birth injuries should rarely or never occur. The reality is much different, however. During prenatal visits, instead of making plans to deal with possible complications, many overconfident doctors take an “I’ve got this” approach. When things go wrong during birth, doctors can make extremely poor decisions under immense pressure. Either way, the family pays the price.

The bottom line is that a doctor is not always on your side. Other things, such as the desire to make money, sometimes come first. The Indianapolis birth injury lawyers at Holland & Holland are always on your side. We start each case with a conversation, so we can learn about your needs and goals in a given situation. Then, we diligently build a solid claim for damages. Finally, we fight for you. This simple formula often produces results which exceed our clients’ expectations.

Labor and Delivery Injuries

LGA (large for gestational age) is one of the brightest prenatal red flags. If the baby is too large to drift down the mother’s birth canal, serious injury could result, as outlined below. Yet many doctors either ignore this red flag or do not pay enough attention to it. LGA is especially serious if the mother has a history of difficult births or certain chronic medical conditions, such as heart problems or diabetes.

As the end of their terms approach, many mothers do not deliver naturally. Instead, doctors usually schedule labor inductions. This arrangement might be more convenient for the doctor, but it might not be best for the mother.

Pitocin, which was first discovered in the 1950s, is usually the go-to labor induction drug. The problem is that the mother’s body may not be ready to give birth yet. So, doctors typically increase the mother’s pitocin dosage. Her artificially-induced contractions become even stronger and more powerful. That combination might deny the baby important nutrients.

Post-Labor and Delivery Injuries

This environment sometimes creates serious problems in the delivery room. If the baby becomes lodged in the mother’s birth canal, the baby could be at serious risk of injury. The resulting hypoxia (lack of oxygen) could cause a permanent brain injury in less than five minutes.

Since the clock is ticking, many doctors fall back on some assisted delivery techniques which are neither safe nor effective.

  • Forceps: This surgical tool is used to grasp the baby’s head and pull the baby out of the mother. The excessive force often causes a permanent head injury.
  • Episiotomy: Doctors once made these incisions on the mother’s perineum (area between the anus and genital) whether she needed them or not, thinking they would widen the birth canal. Subsequent research has shown that is not the case, and episiotomies might cause uncontrollable bleeding.
  • Vacuum Extractor: If the baby becomes stuck, many doctors place a cap on the baby’s head. That cap is attached to a surgical vacuum that is used to help pull the baby through the birth canal. The excessive force might cause a wide variety of internal injuries.

After delivery, many babies have trouble breathing and must be placed on ventilators. Babies who are on ventilators too long usually develop BPD (bronchopulmonary dysplasia). The continual rush of air damages the baby’s fragile lungs, resulting in long-term breathing difficulties.

In all these cases, an Indianapolis birth injury lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

Reach Out to Tough Lawyers

Few things turn joy into tragedy more than a birth injury. For a free consultation with an experienced birth injury attorney in Indianapolis, contact Holland & Holland. Home and hospital visits are available.

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