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Birth Injury & Cerebral Palsy Malpractice Cases in Washington DC

Medical Malpractice Attorney with Legal & Medical Qualifications

You have cause to suspect medical malpractice if your infant or toddler is diagnosed with mental or motor development delays, or with cerebral palsy. Malpractice during birth or following delivery can result in these injuries.

While some birth injuries can be minor, others are severe and may cause a lifetime of medical challenges and medical expenses. Not all birth injuries result from medical errors or negligence, however. The question is whether the injury was caused by negligence or error made by the obstetrician, nurse, pediatrician, neonatologist, or other healthcare provider.

The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates can provide the legal counsel and representation that you need.

What kind of malpractice causes these birth injuries?

There are many different kinds of birth injuries that are preventable. One example is perinatal asphyxia, a lack of sufficient oxygen to a fetus while in the uterus during labor. Prolonged oxygen deprivation to the brain may result in permanent injures to the brain tissues. Its manifestation as cerebral palsy or developmental problems may impair a child’s learning, development, and motor and mental functions ranging from mild to severe disability.

During labor, variations in the fetal heart rate can indicate such oxygen deprivation or the inability of the fetus to withstand the effect of the labor contractions, which may require a Cesarean section to alleviate fetal distress. If the obstetrical team does recognize this, its lack of appropriate action may be the cause of serious brain injury or even death of the baby.

Late Manifestation of Birth Injuries

Brain damage may not always be obvious immediately after birth. Often, birth injury may not become apparent until some years pass, such as when learning difficulties arise in school or the child fails to develop normally. Just because it's been years since your child's birth does not mean that you cannot file a medical malpractice claim. If the signs are just now appearing, speak with Dr. Michael M. Wilson to see if you have a case.

In addition to cerebral palsy, birth injuries include:

  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Group B strep infections
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Klumpke's palsy
  • Horner's syndrome
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Paralysis
  • Fractures
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Meningitis
  • Cranial nerve trauma

If you, a family member, or a friend has a child with brain damage or a child who has died, and you have reason to believe that medical malpractice or negligence at or following birth was the cause, call (202) 648-2889 for a free initial consultation with Washington, D.C. malpractice lawyer Dr. Michael Wilson.

Winning a medical malpractice lawsuit covers the staggering medical expenses that may last a lifetime and holds the medical professionals who caused the injury accountable for their mistakes or inaction. Do not delay, as the law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Contact The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates

Having a lawyer who is also a physician can make a significant difference in the outcome of your malpractice case. For a free initial consultation with Dr. Wilson, call him at (202) 684-2889 or contact him online.

Located in Washington, D.C., the practice regularly assists clients in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, including Maryland and Virginia, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City. Additionally, we serve clients in Virginia, including Loudoun, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington counties.

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