The brain is the most complicated organ in the body, and it is vulnerable to injury during childbirth. A lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head can cause irreparable damage that affects a child’s mental development and motor skills. When brain injuries occur during or after labor and delivery, it is important to consider whether malpractice may have been involved. Did every nurse and doctor involved in the childbirth process provide a proper level of care? Was a mistake made? Did your child suffer as a result?
As Hawaii birth injury lawyers with over 160 years of collective legal experience, Davis Levin Livingston knows how to answer these difficult questions. The team will carefully investigate brain injury claims to determine whether substandard care was administered, and who should be held accountable. With a Medical Director and nurse on staff, Davis Levin Livingston is able to take on these highly technical cases with the care and competence that is required.
To learn about your right to compensation after a birth-related brain injury, call (808) 400-7517. Davis Levin Livingston serve children and families across Hawaii.
Types of Brain Injuries Sustained at Birth
There are different types of brain injuries that an infant may sustain during labor or after delivery, and conditions that may develop as a result of brain damage at or after birth. These include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Birth asphyxia
- Forceps or vacuum injuries
- Cognitive issues
- Developmental delays
A baby who has experienced a brain injury during or after birth may exhibit such symptoms as:
- Excessive crying, particularly high-pitched wailing
- Refusing to feed
- Unusually small skull
- Difficulty focusing the eyes
- Abnormally large forehead
- Developmental delays
- Distorted facial features
Identifying Obstetrical Malpractice
Not all birth-related brain injuries are caused by malpractice. Some cannot be prevented no matter the level of care administered by attending physicians. In other cases, however, a brain injury can be directly traced to a medical professional’s failure to provide a standard level of care. Delaying a C-section in a difficult birth, improper use of forceps, or mismanagement of shoulder dystocia are examples.
The Hawaii birth injury attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston know what to look for in cases involving obstetrical malpractice. They will use their experience and resources to help you seek the monetary damages you need to provide for your child’s care.
Contact our offices at (808) 400-7517 to schedule your free, confidential consultation.