Infant Brain Damage

Did your child sustain a brain injury during labor and delivery in Atlanta, GA? If so, the doctor, hospital, and/or other medical providers could be responsible if their negligent actions caused your infant harm. You might be able to recover compensation for your child’s birth injury by filing a medical malpractice claim

Malone Law can help. Our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers have over 50 years of combined legal experience. Attorneys Thomas Malone and Adam Malone are certified in medical professional negligence by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. They have extensive experience with medical malpractice claims, including birth injury cases.

Since opening the law firm in 1965, our lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. As top-rated Georgia medical malpractice lawyers, we have fought for and won record-setting settlements and jury verdicts. 

Contact Malone Law at (770) 390-7550 in Atlanta, GA to get a free assessment with one of our experienced Atlanta infant brain injury lawyers.

How Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help if Your Child Sustained a Birth Injury in Atlanta, GA

How Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help if Your Child Sustained a Birth Injury in Atlanta, GA

Sadly, things can go wrong during labor and delivery that can be dangerous for the mother and the child. While doctors do not have control of all situations, they are responsible for monitoring the baby and the mother for signs of distress or problems. Medical providers also owe a duty of care to their patients, including unborn infants.

When a doctor or medical facility fails to meet the standard of care or is negligent in other ways, they can be held liable for the damages they cause. The first step is to consult an experienced Atlanta birth injury lawyer about your case.

Malone Law handles complex birth injury cases. We have the resources needed to pursue these cases all the way to trial, if necessary. Our attorneys have consistently won life-changing settlements and jury verdicts for our clients, in addition to exposing carelessness and medical negligence that injure patients. 

When you hire our top-rated Atlanta birth injury lawyers, you can expect us to:

  • Intently listen to you as you explain what happened to you and your baby during your pregnancy and delivery 
  • Complete an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury
  • Analyze the details of your child’s case to determine your legal options
  • Document the extent of your child’s injury and the damages caused by medical malpractice
  • Work with leading medical specialists and other expert witnesses
  • File insurance claims and medical malpractice claims
  • Handle all negotiations with insurance companies and at-fault parties
  • File a medical malpractice lawsuit and take your child’s case to trial, if necessary

We care about what happened to your child and want to help. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced infant brain damage lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia.

Types of Infant Brain Damage That Can Occur During Labor and Delivery 

Head injuries are common types of birth trauma during childbirth, including brain damage. Birth injuries are conditions that impact an infant’s structure or function caused by adverse events during labor and delivery. Birth injuries occur in about 25 to 31 cases out of every 1,000 hospital births.

Common birth-related brain damage and injuries include:

  • Caput succedaneum
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (perinatal asphyxia)
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Kernicterus or jaundice
  • Newborn cephalohematomas
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Periventricular leukomalacia

If your child sustained one of the above birth injuries or another type of infant brain damage during birth, contact Malone Law. Our Atlanta birth injury attorneys can help you pursue an injury claim.

What Signs and Symptoms Indicate Infant Brain Damage?

It can be challenging to diagnose infant brain damage. There might not be any physical signs. However, some signs and symptoms indicate an infant may have sustained brain damage during birth.

Signs and symptoms of infant brain damage include, but are not limited to:

  • Seizures
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Deformed facial features
  • Developmental delays
  • Abnormal eye movement and/or difficulty focusing
  • Excessive crying
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Misshapen head
  • Problems eating and/or swallowing
  • Stiff muscles
  • Issues sleeping
  • Unusual posture 

Signs and symptoms of infant brain damage might occur later. A baby might have difficulty sitting, walking, speaking, or eating. They could experience poor muscle control, lack of fine motor skills, and poor coordination.

Treatment for infant brain damage can include speech, occupational, and/or physical therapy. In some cases, infants and children might require surgery, anti-seizure medication, and other treatments for infant brain damage. 

If your baby has any difficulties or symptoms, see a doctor immediately. You can also contact our office to discuss potential legal actions if the brain damage occurred because of medical negligence or physician errors.

Common Causes of Infant Brain Damage in Atlanta, GA

Infant brain damage can occur for many reasons. 

Common reasons associated with medical malpractice and negligence include, but are not limited to:

  • Failing to recognize signs of fetal distress, including oxygen deprivation
  • Not delivering the baby quickly enough after an occurrence of shoulder dystocia
  • Failing to diagnose and address umbilical cord entanglement
  • Improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery
  • Failing to treat infections developed by the mother or the infant
  • Improper neonatal resuscitation
  • Mistakes and errors made when inducing labor and/or inappropriately inducing labor
  • Failing to perform a timely C-section when necessary
  • Aggressively twisting or pulling the baby’s head during delivery
  • Failing to recognize and address the signs of placental abruption
  • Not diagnosing and treating jaundice

It can be challenging to prove that a doctor or hospital is responsible for infant brain damage. You need experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys to build a solid case. Call now for a free case review to learn more about how we can help you seek justice for your child.

What Compensation Is Available in an Atlanta Infant Brain Damage Case?

Infant brain damage can result in long-term and life-altering disabilities and impairments. It can also result in developmental delays. Your child might require extensive treatment, including long-term care and/or therapy.

A medical malpractice case for birth injuries can provide compensation for economic damages and non-economic damages, including:

  • The cost of immediate medical care
  • The expenses related to rehabilitation, long-term care, and treatment
  • Compensation for pain and suffering, impairments, and decreased quality of life
  • Future medical bills and expenses
  • Diminished earning capacity and future lost wages
  • The loss of opportunities and enjoyment of life

The time to file claims for birth injuries is limited by the Georgia statute of limitations. Contact our law office to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Atlanta Birth Injury Lawyers To Discuss Your Infant’s Brain Damage

Contact our law firm at (770) 390-7550 to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced Atlanta infant brain damage attorney. We want to help you hold the parties who caused your child’s injury accountable for their actions.