There are few things in life more heart-wrenching than seeing your children in pain, or worse, losing them to accident, injury, or illness. As a parent, you’d do anything to protect your child from harm. Unfortunately, accidents can occur when a mother and child are at their most vulnerable – during childbirth.

While birth injury rates have declined over the last 20 years, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that as of 2012, roughly 2 of every 1,000 live births resulted in birth injury (not including infant deaths). Considering that an estimated 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year, this would mean about 8,000 newborns suffer birth injuries annually on average.

If you’re one of the thousands of parents that had the happiest day of your life shattered by an avoidable birth injury, you deserve justice for your family. The Ruth Law Team has the expertise to ensure that the negligent medical professionals or institutions responsible are held accountable.

As trusted birth injury lawyers, we lead the battle against doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies that will do anything to delay or outright deny your claim. Proving medical negligence in birth injury cases requires expertise, and we’re happy to offer over 40 years of experience in winning cases like yours. When you need to focus on the health and wellbeing of your family, including its newest member, we’ll do the fighting for you.

The qualified professionals at The Ruth Law Team are ready to help you secure much-needed compensation to care for your child following a birth injury. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, so that you can speak to a capable and compassionate birth injury attorney and learn more about what we can do for you.

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Common Causes of Birth Injury

Birth injuries can occur anywhere because medical negligence is not confined to one hospital, city, or state. When the medical professionals you trust to deliver your baby behave in a negligent manner by failing to provide proper care or acting in a way that directly harms your infant, the consequences for your family can be catastrophic.

Whether your baby suffers minor injuries, long-term medical issues like brain and spinal cord damage, or death, The Ruth Law Team is on your side. We’re dedicated to fighting for fair compensation when your family has been harmed by the negligence of others. We will represent you and your best interest and that’s a promise.

Birth injuries can take many forms. Some of the most common birth injuries resulting from medical negligence include:

  • Head trauma (scrapes, bruises, etc.)
  • Skull fractures
  • Brain damage
  • Intracranial or extracranial hemorrhaging (bleeding)
  • Caput succedaneum (scalp swelling)
  • Cranial nerve injuries
  • Facial paralysis
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessels in the eye)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Skeletal injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy (brachial plexus injury)
  • Kernicterus
  • Newborn jaundice
  • Intrauterine fetal demise (stillbirth)
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Anoxia and hypoxia
  • Fetal Macrosomia
  • Placenta previa
  • and more

While certain birth injuries can be attributed to the stresses of childbirth, others result from the negligence of medical staff. Negligence occurs when a medical professional:

  • Delays proper care
  • Uses improper medical technique
  • Uses a medical device improperly

In some cases, this could mean that a medical professional failed to identify or address fetal distress or properly diagnose and treat a medical condition affecting the mother. It could mean that a doctor used too much force when pulling or twisting the baby during delivery or used tools like forceps or a vacuum incorrectly.

Birth injuries can result if an emergency C-section was not performed in a timely manner or if medical staff failed to prevent or control maternal hemorrhaging. In some cases, both the infant and the mother sustain injuries during childbirth due to negligence.

Injuries that a mother may suffer due to negligence during childbirth include:

  • Anemia
  • Maternal infections
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Placental issues such as placenta previa or abruption
  • Uterine rupture
  • Cholestasis of pregnancy

As a non-medical professional, it may be difficult for you to identify symptoms of a birth injury to your newborn baby. Some of the most common symptoms we see in injured babies are:

  • Arched back while crying
  • Breathlessness
  • Apnea
  • Favoring one side
  • Difficulties with sucking, eating, and swallowing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive fussiness
  • Grunting
  • Hairy patch on back
  • Hand curling in a claw-like shape
  • High-pitched or shrill crying
  • Muscle stiffness or looseness
  • Spasms
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Seizures
  • Wheezing

When your family is suffering, you need the expertise of a qualified birth injury lawyer. The Ruth Law Team can help you to determine whether medical negligence was the cause of birth injury so you can receive the compensation you need to care for your child and move on with your life. We also help mothers who have suffered as a result of medical negligence during childbirth.

What Happens Next?

When your newborn has suffered a birth injury, your only concern is for the health and wellbeing of your child. Trying to figure out what to do next can be understandably overwhelming, especially if you’ve never worked with a law firm or pursued legal action before. This is why it’s so important to choose a birth injury attorney like those at The Ruth Law Team. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the process and support you at every step of the way.

We want to eliminate as much stress as possible, which is why we follow a simple, three-step process to fight to secure a maximum settlement quickly and efficiently. What can you expect when you partner with The Ruth Law Team for your case?

In order to win your case, we’ll need evidence to support your claim of medical negligence resulting in a birth injury. As your birth injury attorney, this process begins with collecting documents related to the incident, such as medical records and bills for childbirth and subsequent medical care, employment records (including prior complaints) for any medical professional(s) named in the lawsuit, and witness testimony from anyone present, including medical professionals who assisted in the delivery.

Once we have the necessary documentation, we take our investigation to the next level, reviewing the evidence we have in order to go into greater detail where necessary. We’ll also speak with experts to determine the extent of medical negligence committed. Our goal is to build the strongest case possible in order to help you obtain maximum compensation.

Medical negligence is not easy to prove, but The Ruth Law Team has the expertise to examine the evidence to determine the best way to fight for the compensation you deserve. With thorough investigation and preparation, we’ll negotiate to reach a fair settlement out of court or fight hard to win maximum compensation through the trial process.

Whether you’re dealing with the short-term or long-term consequences of a birth injury or you’ve lost your child due to medical negligence, you shouldn’t have to face the difficulties of fighting medical institutions and insurance companies on your own. You need a qualified birth injury lawyer with the expertise and resources to fight on your behalf. The caring professionals at The Ruth Law Team will aggressively pursue compensation to ensure that your child and your family are cared for now and in the future.

Whether you’re dealing with the short-term or long-term consequences of a birth injury or you’ve lost your child due to medical negligence, you shouldn’t have to face the difficulties of fighting medical institutions and insurance companies on your own. You need a qualified birth injury lawyer with the expertise and resources to fight on your behalf. The caring professionals at The Ruth Law Team will aggressively pursue compensation to ensure that your child and your family are cared for now and in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Birth Injuries

Experiencing an injury during childbirth or having a child who suffered a birth injury may leave you with a lot of unanswered questions. The Ruth Law Team is available to address your questions and concerns 24/7, but here are answers to a few of the most common questions that clients have to get you started.

Yes, you should. It’s not easy to fight medical professionals, hospitals, and insurance providers, and you don’t have to do it alone when you choose The Ruth Law Team to fight on your behalf. Our expertise gives you the best opportunity to recover the compensation you need to cover medical bills and provide ongoing care for an injured child or mother.

When you choose The Ruth Law Team to represent you in your birth injury case, you won’t pay anything upfront. In fact, you won’t pay a dime unless we win your case – if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. If we reach a settlement through negotiation or trial, a portion of the money will be allocated to pay our legal fees and costs.

Damages may vary by state, but generally, you can seek and receive compensation for:

  • Medical costs, including rehabilitation/physical therapy
  • Disability
  • Special education
  • Lost wages
  • Punitive damages

The experts at The Ruth Law Team will help you to determine what type of compensation you’re eligible to receive based on the specific details of your case.

If you suspect medical negligence was the cause of birth injury, there are a few things you need to do. First, save all medical records and note the names of any medical professionals that were present or involved in the delivery. You may also want to seek medical diagnosis and care from another doctor as soon as possible. Documenting your experience in a journal can be extremely helpful, as well.

Contact the legal professionals at The Ruth Law Team immediately. We’ll help you to gather the necessary evidence and move quickly to get the compensation you need to properly care for your infant and your family.

The statute of limitations in birth injury cases varies from state to state. In Florida, you have 2 years from the date of injury or death to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations may alternatively begin on the date at which injury should have been reasonably discovered, not to exceed 4 years in total.

In Georgia, you have up to 2 years from the date of injury or death (or up to 5 years if the injury isn’t discovered within the first 2 years).

Minnesota allows you to file a lawsuit up to 4 years from the date of injury or up to 3 years from the date of death.

Our goal is always to reach a fair settlement quickly and efficiently, which is usually done through negotiation. However, the talented and experienced attorneys at The Ruth Law Team are more than capable of taking your case to trial, if necessary.

The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience winning settlements in cases like yours, including extensive trial experience.

The Ruth Law Team has two priorities: Recovering maximum compensation for every client and making the process as easy as possible so you can move on with your life. We’re available 24/7 to address all of your questions and concerns, and we’ll even come to you – at home, in the hospital, or at a location of your choosing – so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

You won’t pay a dime for our services unless we secure your settlement. Whenever possible, we’ll even negotiate with doctors and hospitals to ensure that you receive needed care without billing until your case is settled. You’ll always enjoy a fully-staffed legal team and a wealth of resources deployed to fight for maximum compensation for you and your family.

Birth Injury Attorneys

The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of legal expertise and successful settlements in cases like yours. When you need a qualified birth injury attorney, our team of experienced lawyers is ready and waiting to deliver the comprehensive and compassionate legal representation and support you deserve.

Our expert team includes:

Every member of The Ruth Law Team is qualified, capable, and committed to securing a fair settlement so that you can move forward.

Contact an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney

As a parent, the health and wellbeing of your child is your top priority. When your newborn is injured or dies as a result of medical negligence, The Ruth Law Team is ready to support you and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Don’t get buried under a growing pile of medical bills and the stress that they entail. Let the expert birth injury lawyers at The Ruth Law Team do what we do best — gathering evidence and negotiating a settlement — so you can focus on what’s important: Your family.

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Birth Injury Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota

When you need a capable and caring birth injury attorney to help you fight for maximum compensation, call The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378, contact us online, or use our live chat feature to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more about what we can do to make your life easier.

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