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Has Your Child Suffered From A Birth Injury? We Can Help

The last thing any parent wants is their child injured. But when your baby was injured as the result of the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be concerned about their future. If your baby was injured by the carelessness of a doctor in Washington, DC, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim.

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When Do You Need a DC Birth Injury Lawyer for Your Case?

Injuries to a baby can occur at any stage of pregnancy, even during labor and delivery or just after birth. While some of injuries cannot be prevented, many tragically happen due to avoidable medical errors.

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We’ve investigated and pursued birth injury and medical malpractice cases successfully for decades and have achieved outstanding results for families and their injured children. We have the resources necessary to successfully handle these complex medical and legal cases. Check out some of our birth injury case results.

We recognize that families who have children with developmental and physical disabilities face extraordinary and unique challenges every day. Our attorneys are experienced in assisting families with formulating care plans for their children. We provide useful information regarding resources and professional services in the DC metro community.

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How Can a Birth Injury Lawyer Help Your Case?

The Regan Zambri Long birth injury team includes a registered nurse and lawyers who teach attorneys and medical professionals about birth injury prevention. We regularly consult with the country’s leading medical experts to not only prepare our clients’ cases, but to also help our clients prepare for the future medical needs of their children.

We’ve investigated and pursued birth injury and medical malpractice cases successfully for decades and have achieved outstanding results for families and their injured children. We have the resources necessary to successfully handle these complex medical and legal cases. Check out some of our birth injury case results.

We recognize that families who have children with developmental and physical disabilities face extraordinary and unique challenges every day. Our attorneys are experienced in assisting families with formulating care plans for their children. We provide useful information regarding resources and professional services in the DC metro community.

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A Recent $4.1 Million Successful Birth Injury Case

One example of a recent case involved a birth injury at a local hospital where the child suffered severe brain damage and cerebral palsy because of the careless acts of the doctors and nurses. The $4.1 million settlement allowed the family to care for their child at home with a special bed and various visiting health care providers. This was critical for this family since they had many other children and both parents worked round the clock to meet the needs of the family before this tragic outcome. The case resulted in the hospital changing safety rules regarding lab reporting and also requiring the doctors who take care of premature babies to have more training.

What are the Common Errors Leading To Birth Injuries?

Some common errors involve:

  • The effective and improper resuscitation of a newborn.
  • Misuse of Pitocin (a synthetic hormone) to induce or speed up labor.
  • The unsafe use of vacuum extraction or forceps during delivery.

Other examples of avoidable errors that can cause birth injuries include the failure to:

  • Order or delaying order of cesarean section (c-section)
  • Note and treat signs of oxygen deprivation in the fetus
  • Permitting prolonged delay between the rupture of membranes and delivery
  • Properly guard against, identify or treat infection
  • Diagnose and/or treat placenta previa or placental abruption
  • Stop preterm labor with labor-arresting medications
  • Properly monitor a pregnancy, including monitoring the health of the woman and the baby
  • Order proper care for a woman and baby with a high-risk pregnancy
  • Properly order, read or analyze prenatal tests
  • Diagnose and/or treat premature rupture of the membranes
  • Monitor and prepare to deliver a larger or premature baby
  • Anticipate and treat complications in the mother
  • Respond appropriately to bleeding
  • Timely treat umbilical cord entrapment
  • Monitor and treat fetal distress
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What are the Common Types of Birth Injuries?

Many different birth injuries can happen throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and shortly after birth. Birth injuries typically cause the most devastating, long-term results to the unborn or newborn baby, but the mother can also be severely injured.
Some of the most common birth injuries that spur legal action include but are not limited to:

Birth Injury FAQs

When you determine your child has experienced an injury at birth, it is a traumatizing experience for the whole family. Sadly, it’s also one that takes a lot of time and resources to resolve. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer at Regan Zambri Long will help you navigate the process from start to finish, and ensure you get the justice you deserve.

Q: What Are the Consequences of Birth Injuries for Parents and Newborns?

A: The consequences of birth injuries are life-changing for the parents and children alike. For the injured child, the result of a birth injury is potential physical suffering and developmental delays. Years of therapy, treatments, medications, and even surgeries can follow. Therapies and treatments take the child away from school, playtime, time with family and friends, and time to enjoy childhood. Not only will the child have to cope with the physical impairments due to the birth injury, but also the emotional distress of having to continue living with the injury for the rest of his or her life.

Likewise, the parents will have to address the financial component of immediate medical care for their newborn, but also for ongoing care as the child grows. Depending on the severity of the injury, the child may need care 24/7, which could result in one or both parents not being able to return to work. In that case, the parents will not only have to deal with financial burdens due to the injury, but will have to deal with future lost wages, as well.

Q: How Do I Know if I Even Have a Birth Injury Malpractice Case?

A: There are many reasons a child may be born with birth injuries, both naturally and due to malpractice. If you believe your child’s injuries are due to negligence on behalf of your medical practitioner, then you should review your case with a birth injury attorney. To help you and your lawyer prove your case, you will need:

Every birth injury case is different. Proving your child’s birth injury was the fault of your medical team can also be a long, exhausting process. An experienced cerebral palsy lawyer will do the work for you, utilizing strategies, medical professionals, and other resources to fight your case.

Q: How Do I File a Claim for My Child’s Birth Injury Case?

A: The first thing you need to do is find the right lawyer. From there, your DC birth injury lawyer will follow these general steps to prove your case:

Q: What Are the Possible Liable Parties in a Birth Injury Lawsuit?

A: There are several factors that need to be considered when determining who is at fault in a birth injury lawsuit. Your lawyer will first investigate the doctor who delivered the baby. Did the doctor act negligently during delivery, or did the complications arise that were completely out of the doctor’s control? Other medical staff will also be considered, including nurses, midwives, and physician’s assistants.

Next, your birth injury attorneys will also need to determine if the OB-GYN ordered the appropriate tests during pregnancy, monitored the baby and mother correctly, and consulted with specialists to ensure the delivery would be safe for both the mother and the child. If they failed to do so, the liability would be on them.

Finally, your attorney will also investigate the instruments used during delivery – were they defective? Were they used improperly? If the hospital failed to provide safe equipment, then the birth injury lawsuit could be made against the hospital or manufacturer of the equipment. The experienced attorneys at Regan Zambri Long will work with medical staff and consultants to determine who is at fault in your case in order to secure the maximum compensation owed to you.

Q: How Long Will My Birth Injury Case Take?

A: No one can estimate this without knowing the intricacies of your case. No two birth injury cases are the same. The timeline of a birth injury case in Washington, DC depends on the jurisdiction in which the case will be filed in, the statute of limitations, how well documented medical care was, plus a host of other variables. At the end of the day, it could take years from start to finish for your case to be resolved. A cerebral palsy lawyer at Regan Zambri Long will be with you every step of the way, guiding you through the process.

Q: How Do I Choose the Best Washington, DC Birth Injury Lawyer for My Case?

A: All types of birth injury cases can be incredibly complicated to prove. Many birth injuries can happen naturally, without any negligence, so you have to prove it was specifically caused by the actions of your doctors. To prove this, it is critical that you are working with an experienced attorney. What you should look for:

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in the Washington DC area or the surrounding counties? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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