Women used to approach the birth of a child with fear for good reason—lack of medical knowledge and treatment options frequently led to injuries or death during childbirth. Today, modern medicine makes most birth injuries avoidable. But they still happen due to medical negligence. Both mothers and their children suffer as a result.
The knowledgeable Tallahassee birth injury attorneys at Searcy Denney help mothers and families when injuries during childbirth result in painful and debilitating medical conditions. While some birth injuries may heal with proper treatment, others lead to lifelong disability and even death. In all cases, mothers who suffer injuries that could have been prevented with proper care deserve compensation for pain and anguish and funds to cover medical care and assistance.
Common Birth Injuries to Mothers
While some complications during childbirth cannot be avoided, many injuries are caused by mistakes or failure to monitor conditions and adapt treatment plans. Mothers often suffer injuries such as:
- Ruptures in the uterus caused by labor-inducing drugs (potentially fatal)
- Vaginal tearing
- Improper stitching of an episiotomy or Caesarean section (can lead to excessive bleeding and build-up of scar tissue which increases complications for future births)
- Fissures in the lining of the anus (can cause chronic pain and require surgery)
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Placental abruption
- Infections associated with episiotomies, C-sections, and other birth treatment
- Illness and injuries from medication errors such as mistakes with anesthesia
Our attorneys know that when the focus is on the baby, injuries to the mother are often overlooked, which can allow dangerous conditions to grow worse.
Failure to Diagnose Pregnancy and Birth Complications
Pregnancy causes an untold number of changes in a woman’s body, and doctors do not always pay attention when patients report a problem or abnormality in their condition. Unfortunately, these women may be noticing signs of a dangerous condition such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, anemia, or a dangerous infection.
A doctor’s failure to diagnose a condition or properly treat a condition is a form of medical malpractice that should be addressed to help prevent similar mistakes in the future. Birth injury attorneys can help injured mothers recover compensation to meet their needs, and also raise awareness of problems associated with certain medical providers or even the medical community at large.
Delays Can Be Costly
Even in the best of circumstances, the birth of a child turns a household upside down. When a mother suffers birth injuries, the last thing anyone wants to think about is legal liability.
However, it takes time to collect evidence to prove that medical negligence led to birth injuries, and evidence becomes harder to find as time passes. When you consult with an attorney early on, they can begin working for you while your family focuses on health, healing, and developing new routines.
Talk to Experienced Tallahassee Birth Injury Attorneys to Learn How We Can Help
Insurance companies can start asking questions immediately after an injury, and often they take information out of context to deny liability later. Our attorneys can handle insurance questions and investigations on your behalf.
To learn more about the types of assistance we can provide and the compensation that may be available for your injuries, contact Searcy Denney today by calling 888-549-7011 or reach out to us online. We also serve Albany, Valdosta, Pensacola, Macon, and Fort Walton Beach.