Infant Wrongful Death
A wrongful infant death is a nightmare for parents. The grief can be downright overwhelming. Now, they are grieving for the loss of their baby while unforeseen expenses keep piling up. There could be an answer to the stack of bills. If your baby died due to the negligence or a careless medical mistake by a healthcare provider, you have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation against those responsible.
Medical Malpractice & Infant Wrongful Death
There are a few major risks to babies during pregnancy and around the time of labor and delivery that could cause infant wrongful death.
Oxygen deprivation is when the brain is completely deprived of oxygen. This causes brain damage and could be fatal to a baby in the womb. Obstetricians and nursing staff must be trained to recognize the warning signs that a baby may have too little oxygen. Usually, umbilical cord wrapped around the neck, overwhelming stresses of labor, or problems with the placenta can cause lack of oxygen.
Reduced Blood Flow
Blood is needed to carry oxygen and other vital nutrients to a baby’s developing brain and other organs. When that blood flow is cut off or reduced for too long, the organs will shut down. Pre-eclampsia can cause reduced blood flow. This is a condition that causes high blood pressure in the mother. This condition is present in 10% of all first-time pregnancies.
Trauma during delivery
Sometimes, a delivery is complicated by a baby in distress. Inexperience, lack of preparation or simple mistakes cause doctors and other medical professionals to act negligently. A negligent act could be too much trauma to a baby using a vacuum extractor or forceps can cause permanent injury or death. Also, an improperly performed cesarean section can be fatal to the baby.
Placenta previa is the implantation of the placenta near or on top of the cervix. Women with this condition often have sudden vaginal bleeding, usually after 28 weeks. This condition means many women must be on modified bed rest and strict pelvic rest. Sometimes, this can help prevent premature delivery. However, wrongful deaths from placenta previa usually occurs with premature delivery. Placental abruption is when the placenta prematurely separates from the wall of the uterus. Internal bleeding can happen and is responsible for about 15% of all close to delivery infant deaths.
Finally, the most serious bleeding event during pregnancy is uterine rupture. This serious event is a tear in the the wall of the uterus. This is dire for mom and baby. These ruptures can occur at any time near labor, but are most common when the mother has prior uterine scars, like prior surgeries or cesarean sections. In the labor and delivery room, medical malpractice including excessive pushing on the stomach (to assist in delivery) or improper use of Oxytocin/Pitocin, can cause uterine rupture. It is rare, occurring in about 1% of all deliveries. When detected, the baby must be delivered immediately.
Free Legal Help
Wrongful death actions based on the death of a newborn child or fetus are complicated matters. State laws vary in the requirements necessary to bring such lawsuits. States also have statutes of limitations governing when your time to bring a wrongful death lawsuit runs out. If you believe you a claim, consider getting a free legal evaluation by an injury attorney first.
A wrongful death claim gives you back control. Plus, families feel that justice has been served from the mistakes that led to the wrongful death. Plus, you could win damages to ease the financial and emotion toll of this unfortunate death. Medical tests, funeral costs, and burial expenses can add up quickly.
Birth injuries are often lifelong complications that require consistent medical treatment and rehabilitation. Depending upon the severity of the injuries, the financial costs associated with birth injuries can range from several thousands to over a million during the lifespan of a child with birth injuries.
For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifetime costs associated with a child who has cerebral palsy (CP) is around $1 million. The costs associated with a child who suffers hearing loss after a birth injury typically ranges around $400,00.
It is important to remember that if your child’s birth injuries are a result of medical negligence and carelessness, the medical staff, hospital, and/or physician may be liable for damages. A complex litigation attorney can help. At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice and full compensation for injuries caused negligence. The Michel Brady Lynch Firm regularly takes on the largest corporations in the world with a track records of proven success and results. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.