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Nashville Birth Injury Attorneys

Trusted birth injury lawyers in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville

Is there any news better than “we’re having a baby”? Everyone loves babies! We ponder ideas for names for the baby and excitedly choose nursery décor. We take care in choosing doctors, midwives, and godparents, and plan to make sure our children receive all the love we have to offer. 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’s prayer is answered. 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 child that will change the course of their lives.

At 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 about the long hours; the extra care and medical treatments; the bills that pile up; and the strain on everyone concerned. 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, our Nashville birth injury attorneys are here to fight for you, your child, and the future of your family.

We help families in Nashville, Hendersonville, Clarksville, 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.

"When I was a teenager, Dad got hurt. Insurance company wouldn't pay. We lost our house. But, Dad got a lawyer and we got justice. That's the moment I decided to become an attorney. As a lawyer, I have dedicated my life to helping injury victims."

~ Rocky

What are the different types of birth injuries?

The majority of births are quite uneventful. Most 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 during labor, delivery, childbirth, and the post-partum period. Doctors and other medical professionals have a duty to provide a competent level of care.

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, can 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 medical malpractice lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm can help you figure out your options for moving forward.

What are common causes of birth injuries?

There are many factors that can cause birth injury, an injury not caused by a congenital condition. This means that your 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

Who is liable for a Nashville birth injury?

Throughout pregnancy, labor, and childbirth, your team of professionals work together to ensure both mother and baby stay healthy. However, a mistake made by any one of these parties can result in serious injury or complications. Potential liable parties in a birth injury claim can include any (or all) of the following:

  • Physicians
  • Obstetricians and gynecologists
  • Midwives and doulas
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Hospitals/healthcare systems
  • Paramedics or EMTs

The Nashville “Gladiators in Suits” at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm launch an investigation into your case to identify every liable party. They ensure these parties are held accountable for their role in the harm they caused you or your child.

How can a Nashville birth injury attorney help me?

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  devastating because they can cause disabilities and health problems that may persist long-term and that may even lead to an early death. A child who suffers 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. Errors in communication can lead to invasive medical procedures on a child, like unnecessary surgery.

These are devastating losses suffered due to the negligence and reckless actions of a medical professional. Parents deserve to receive compensation for their losses and the cost of continuing medical and other expenses related to caring for a disabled child.

Do you have a birth injury attorney near me?

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has two offices in Nashville: one at 545 Mainstream Dr., Suite 105 and one at 615 Main Street, M2. We also have state-of-the-art offices in Hendersonville and Clarksville. If you are unable to come to our offices, we can make home and hospital visits. We also offer phone or video consultations.

Protecting the rights of injury victims throughout Middle Tennessee

Dealing with the consequences of a birth injury can be a heartbreaking and costly experience. Let us help. The Nashville attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm fight on behalf of parents whose children have suffered a birth injury caused by negligence and preventable errors. We will shoulder the burden with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 615-425-2500 or use our contact form. We proudly represent clients in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville, and throughout Tennessee.