Birth Injuries

The birth of your child is supposed to be a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, many children are injured during pregnancy, the birthing process, and during the neonatal period, causing an otherwise joyous occasion to become one of the most difficult situations imaginable. Birth injuries are some of the most emotionally and financially devastating injuries possible. If your child suffers from cerebral palsy or another significant injury as a result of a negligence during your pregnancy, during labor and delivery, or in the newborn period, you likely have many questions that you would like answered, and you want to ensure that your injured child receives all the care that he or she needs. If you have found yourself in this difficult situation, you need an aggressive and competent lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the medical care that you received and fight for your child’s rights.

 

The Law Office of Metzner & Houpt, and the attorneys in our network, would be happy to help you and your family through this complicated process and to fight for justice on your behalf. 

 

WHAT TYPES OF INJURIES CAN OCCUR TO A BABY?

Children can be injured as a result of negligence during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or in the newborn period. These injuries can arise from many different medical errors, and can result in many different injuries to both mother and child. While the circumstances in which birth injuries cases arise are endless, here are a few examples of they types of birth injury cases that we have handled:

 

            Cerebral Palsy (CP)

            Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

            Erb’s Palsy and brachial plexus injuries

            Failure to deliver in a timely fashion

            Chorioamnionitis and maternal infection

            Maternal death

            Birth Fractures

            Subconjunctival Hemorrhaging

            Intrauterine and fetal death

            Death during the newborn period

            Negligently performed forceps and vacuum deliveries

            Failure to prolong pregnancy/Pre-Term Labor/Cerclage

            Chorioamnionitis and maternal infection

            Maternal death

            Birth Fractures

            Subconjunctival Hemorrhaging

 

If your child suffered an injury at birth, regardless of what you believe to be the cause or nature of the injury, we would be happy to provide you with a free consultation and investigate any potential case on behalf of you and your child. 

 

WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE?

The financial and emotional toll which goes along with caring for a child with disabilities can be devastating. You want the best possible care for your child, and you would like to to provide your injured child with all of the opportunities he or she deserves to get better and to live the happiest, healthiest life achievable. We may be able to help you.  

 

Damages in birth injury cases may include:

 

            Past and future pain and suffering

            Past medical expenses

            Future medical expenses

            Attendant care for your child to allow you to return to work

            Future lost wages/loss of earning capacity

Located in downtown Hagerstown, MD Lewis C. Metzner serves clients in Hagerstown, Frederick, Middletown, Myersville, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Thurmont, and Urbana as well as residents of Washington County, Frederick County, Allegany County and Garrett County.
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