Burlington Area Birth Injury Lawyers

Cerebral Palsy, Shoulder Dystocia, Fetal Acidosis

Birth defects are often the result of a departure from standard treatment protocols and poor communication between doctors, nurses, and attending staff. In most cases, birth injuries involve an insufficient amount of oxygen getting to a baby, resulting in brain damage. Consequently, hypoxic or anoxic birth injuries often result in injuries that require a lifetime of care.

At the medical malpractice Law Office of Colonna & Doyle, our lawyers work with medical experts in exposing departures from standard treatment protocols, miscommunication, and failures in fetal heart monitoring that result in birth injuries. We review medical charts, fetal heart strips, and interview nurses and staff in order to determine what should have happened that didn't and why it happened.

If your son or daughter was seriously injured due to negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, or other staff, contact Burlington birth injury attorneys at Colonna & Doyle today to discuss your case. We represent clients throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts, including the communities of Burlington, Peabody and Woburn.

Types of Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice

The personal injury Law Office of Colonna & Doyle recovers damages for parents of babies suffering from the following kinds of birth injuries and medical malpractice:

  • Erb's palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Prolonged labor
  • Gestation issues, missed size and date problems
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Fetal acidosis
  • Abrupted placenta
  • Brain damage due to improper fetal monitoring

Failed or Negligent Delivery and Cerebral Palsy

Typically, Erb's palsy or cerebral palsy occurs when fetal distress goes unnoticed or when shoulder dystocia causes a baby to get caught behind the mother's pelvic bone. If fetal distress is not recognized soon enough, the lack of sufficient oxygen can result in brain injuries that affect the cognitive and physical development of a child.

Similarly, when a baby's shoulder is caught behind the pelvic bone of the mother, Zavanelli's maneuver, McRoberts' maneuver, or Wood's screw maneuver should be used. Failure to use any of these maneuvers or execute them properly can cause damage that leads to cerebral palsy or Klumpke's paralysis.

The Statute of Limitations and Birth Injuries

It may not be obvious in the weeks and months following the birth of your child that he or she is suffering from Erb's palsy or cerebral palsy. However, the statute of limitations is different for birth injuries than for other personal injuries. As a result, parents who learn their children have cerebral palsy years after the birth of their child can still sue the doctor responsible if their discovery of their child's injuries falls within the statute of limitations.

If you have questions regarding whether or not you are within the statute of limitations regarding the discovery of your child's birth injury, contact Lynnfield, Massachusetts, birth injury attorneys at Colonna & Doyle today and schedule an appointment to discuss your case.