Charleston Birth Injury Attorney
Birth Injuries and Trauma Attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina
Have you or a loved one’s infant been seriously injured or their injuries resulted in death by a birth trauma? The Charleston birth injury attorneys at Howell and Christmas, LLC would like to help.
Birth trauma can be one of the most devastating types of injury that a family can suffer. The health of an infant is fragile and families justifiably rely upon their obstetrician to recognize birth injury risk factors and to safely delivery their child. Failure to recognize and address these risk factors can lead to severe physical and mental injuries to the infant including, but not limited to, peripheral nerve, cranial nerve, brain and hypoxia, spinal cord, bone and/or intra-abdominal injuries. Modern advances in medicine such as fetal monitoring and ultrasonography that are used prior to the obstetrician’s attempt to perform a vaginal delivery have given obstetricians better tools to identify and avoid the risk factors of birth trauma. Furthermore, the use of cesarean delivery is now an accepted alternative to vaginal delivery and has significantly reduced the need for the use of medical instruments that have been known to cause harm to infants during the delivery process such as vacuums and forceps.
When an infant sustains birth injuries because of the negligence of an obstetrician, the family has the right to bring a case to recover compensation for the damages caused by the doctor’s neglect. The damages in these cases can be catastrophic in that mistakes made by the specialist may cause death or medical conditions that will require expensive medical treatment including, but not limited to, surgeries, physical and psychological therapy and rehabilitation and home nursing and other health care. In some cases, this medical care will be needed for the life of the infant and a life care plan will need to be prepared to determine the amount of compensation that will be necessary in order to maintain the infant over his or her lifetime. In addition to these damages, families may also be able to recover other damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and lost future wages.
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