Minneapolis Maternal Birth Injury Lawyers
Neonatal injuries to children during birth could occur across a broad spectrum. But most maternal injuries are either perineal or pelvic floor injuries.
A significant number of mothers experience perineal trauma, usually due to an intentional episiotomy or an unintentional tear. An episiotomy is a dangerous incision designed to widen the mother’s birth canal. An unusually large baby usually causes a tear. Other perineal injuries include pudendal neuralgia, a nerve condition, and hemorrhoids.
Childbirth often causes muscle damage to the pelvic floor, which is a group of muscles inside the pelvis that helps hold the bladder, bowel, and uterus in place. These avulsions (stretching or testing injuries) are normally permanent. Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a similar condition. These organs drop toward the vagina and place undue pressure on the bowel and bladder. POP is also a fairly common surgical complication.
The experienced Minneapolis maternal birth injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman know how to obtain maximum compensation in these and similar injury cases.
What Causes Maternal Birth Injuries?
The aforementioned injuries usually involve risk factors, such as an AMA (Advanced for Maternal Age) mother, multiple pregnancy (twins or triplets), or a history of difficult deliveries. Doctors should identify, appreciate, and properly respond to these risk factors. Breakdowns in one or more of these areas are common in Minneapolis.
Prenatal diagnostic errors are often a significant problem. Some doctors don’t run necessary tests, and other doctors misinterpret test results. Furthermore, a significant number of Minneapolis mothers are walk-in pregnancies who had little or no prenatal care. Usually, the standard of care requires doctors to treat these mothers as high-risk pregnancies, even if their charts do not have many red flags.
Other doctors see the risks. But instead of doing what is in the patient’s best interests, they defer to the patient’s wishes. For example, if Sarah’s pregnancy is high risk, her doctor should recommend a C-section. But Sarah might want to give birth vaginally so badly that her doctor acquiesces. That acquiescence is the easy way out, but it’s also very dangerous for both Sarah and her baby.
Finally, during delivery room emergencies, doctors have very little time to react. The duty of care requires physicians to be prepared for unexpected emergencies. As a rule of thumb, about one in ten Minneapolis deliveries has some complications. About one in ten of these deliveries involves one or more serious complications.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
A combination of events could cause an injury. Somewhat similarly, your Minneapolis maternal birth injury lawyer should have a solid combination of experience, dedication, and accessibility. This combination is necessary to ensure maximum compensation in such claims.
The experience should include both practice experience and trial experience. Practice experience gives your attorney familiarity with the issues in a medical malpractice case. Trial experience means your lawyer is willing to stay with you until the end of the line.
Dedication means commitment to medical negligence cases. These matters are very complex, so this area must not simply be a side-show for a general practice lawyer. Accessibility means your lawyer is available to meet with you and answer your questions.
Look for these qualities as you evaluate lawyers. But do not tarry. You have a limited amount of time to act in these situations.
Count On a Diligent Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced maternal birth injury lawyer in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. We handle these matters on a nationwide basis.