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Birth Injuries

Nashville Birth Injury Lawyers

Compassionate Nashville Birth Injury Attorneys Help You Protect Your Family

Trusted injury attorneys in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville who never stop fighting for you

Is there any news better than, “we’re having a baby”? Everyone loves babies! We fuss and bluster about names and choosing the right decorations for the nursery, about picking the godparents and making sure that our children will have enough to eat and all the love in the world. And if you’re anything like us, you and your spouse said this little prayer, without thinking much about it: “I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl; just give me ten fingers and ten toes and I’ll be satisfied.” Sound familiar?

But not every parent gets that lucky. Sometimes, doctors and other medical professionals make preventable errors either in the labor and delivery process, in childbirth or immediately following. These errors can cause injury to the mother or the child that will change the course of their lives.

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville personal injury attorneys know firsthand the kind of devastation a birth injury can wreak on a family. We know the long hours, the extra care and medical treatments, the bills that pile up, the connections to your loved ones that become strained and tense. We know that you’re frustrated, angry, exhausted – and petrified. And we know how to help. If your entire world has been turned upside down because of an act of pregnancy negligence, the Nashville birth injury attorneys of Rocky McElhaney Law firm are there to fight for you and your future. We help families in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, and throughout Tennessee, get the assistance they need and the compensation they deserve. Put your faith in us, and we’ll never stop fighting for you and your family.

Types of birth injuries

The majority of births are quite uneventful. Mothers go into labor, give birth and go home with a perfectly healthy child. But there are a host of things that can go wrong from labor and delivery, through childbirth and in the post-partum period. Doctors are trained and they have a duty to provide an expected level of care, and when they deviate from that standard of care and a patient suffers an injury because of it, the patient may be able to take legal action against the medical professional. Some common examples of birth injuries include:

  • Pregnancy-related errors
  • Amniocentesis error
  • Placenta abruption
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Caput Succedaneum
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Bruising and broken bones

Not every birth injury is life threatening. Certain mild forms of Erb’s palsy, for example, will clear up on their own. Not every birth injury is the result of negligence, either. Sometimes you and the doctors do everything right, but the universe has other plans for you. If, however, your child’s injury is the result of negligence or a preventable error, the Nashville birth injury lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm can help you figure out your options for moving forward.

What are the causes of birth injury?

There are many factors that can cause birth injury, which is an injury that is not caused by a congenital condition. The child would have been born perfectly healthy if not for the preventable medical error made by a doctor or other medical professional. Some examples of birth injury causes include:

  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Inadequate fetal monitoring
  • Delayed Caesarian Section
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Infection
  • Placenta Previa

How a Nashville birth injury attorney can help

Can your child’s injuries be attributed to a preventable medical error? If so, you may be able to take legal action against the doctor and the hospital responsible. Our experienced OB/GYN malpractice attorneys know how to work with medical experts to investigate your case and find out what went wrong. We take on cases that involve an injury the mother might have suffered during childbirth, and injuries suffered by the child due to a medical mistake in the labor and delivery or childbirth process.

Birth injuries can be so devastating because they can cause disabilities and health problems that will persist for the rest of a child’s life and may even lead to an early death. A child who suffered brain damage during birth may never recover and may require ongoing medical care for the rest of their life. A woman who suffers an injury in childbirth due to OB/ GYN negligence may be unable to bear any more children. These are devastating losses suffered due to the negligence and reckless actions of a medical professional and the parents deserve to receive compensation for their losses. The parents may have ongoing medical and other expenses related to caring for a disabled child.

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Protecting the rights of injury victims throughout Eastern Tennessee

Dealing with the consequences of a birth injury can be a challenging experience. The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm fights on behalf of parents whose children have suffered a birth injury caused by negligence in Tennessee. We will shoulder the burden with you. To schedule a consultation time, please call 615-425-2500 or use our contact form. We proudly represent clients in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Knoxville, and throughout Tennessee.