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Birth Injuries
The experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys at Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC understand that birth injuries can be among the most traumatic and difficult of injuries for the parents as well as the child. Birth injuries often result in lifelong disabilities with enormous medical costs, or even more tragically, they may result in early death. For over 25 years, Robert N. Katz has been helping families deal with such tragic situations, including recovering compensation from the persons responsible for causing an otherwise avoidable birth injury.

Causes of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can occur for a number of reasons, including events that injure the pregnant mother. These include:

The most common cause of a birth injury, however, is medical malpractice, which can occur at anytime during pregnancy, labor or delivery. In addition, it is not only the obstetrician who can be guilty of medical negligence. Many birth injuries are attributed to medical mistakes by nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists or others. In these cases, the hospital may be liable for medical errors due to the negligence of its employees or its own lack of procedures and safeguards.

Duties of Doctors, Nurses and Hospital Staff to Prevent Birth Injuries

It is incumbent on the obstetrician to monitor maternal and fetal health throughout the pregnancy. The mother should be monitored for appropriate weight gain as well as gestational diabetes. Ultrasounds, fetal heart monitoring, and other diagnostic tools can be used throughout pregnancy to determine if the fetus is developing normally and if any complications are present, such as acidic blood indicating lack of oxygen or other fetal distress. Doctors and hospital staff should also be aware of, and act accordingly if, any potential complications are involved, such as an unusually large baby, long pregnancy, long period of labor, or use of an epidural or Pitocin inducement.

Other common causes of birth injuries attributed to medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to provide genetic counseling when indicated by family history or testing.
  • Mishandling the infant during delivery. (e.g. improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors)
  • Delay or failure to perform a c-section for the life or health of mother or child, which may be indicated by fetal bleeding, placenta previa, placental abruption or other issues

Because birth injuries may be attributable to so many different causes, lawsuits involving these issues are difficult and complex. Expert witnesses are often required, and it can be a challenge to communicate medical expert testimony in a compelling way that a jury or mediator can understand. But these cases are important, first because they provide much needed compensation for future medical treatment, but also as a way to force health care providers to make needed changes. The experienced attorneys at Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC can help with all of the following birth injuries:

  • Cerebral Palsy - Most often attributed to a lack of oxygen to the brain, such as hypoxia or anoxia. CP results in reduced sensory and motor function and musculoskeletal difficulties.

  • Erb's Palsy - Also known as Klumpke's palsy, shoulder dystocia, or a brachial plexus injury. Erb's Palsy results when stress or trauma to the shoulders causes the peripheral nerves to stretch or tear, often leading to permanent paralysis in arms and hands. This type of trauma or stress can occur if too much pressure is applied during delivery, or if the infant's body impacts against the mother's pubic bone.

  • Facial Paralysis - Mishandling such as improper use of forceps during delivery can put pressure on the seventh cranial nerve - the facial nerve - causing permanent facial paralysis.

  • Clavical Fracture - The collarbone may break if proper care is not taken during a difficult vaginal birth.

  • Peritonitis, Pneumonitis - A particularly long or stressful delivery can cause the fetus to have a bowel movement in the womb, leaking meconium into the amniotic sac. Serious complications can occur if this material is aspirated by the fetus.

  • Brain Damage - Umbilical cord strangulation, a prolonged time in the birth canal, and other factors can cause brain injury from lack of oxygen.
Compassionate, Experienced Legal Representation for Your Birth Injury Claim

If mother or child was the victim of an injury, accident, or negligence of another during pregnancy, labor or delivery that led to a tragic and avoidable birth injury in Georgia, contact our offices in Atlanta and Decatur at (404) 343-9598 today. All calls are confidential, we offer a free consultation, and we only a charge a fee if we are able to achieve a recovery to help you with your injury or loss.

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I was in a head-on collision last year that put me in a wheelchair with a fractured femur. I needed an attorney and my cousin recommended this firm because he had used Briant Mildenhall for his accident. I was glad I called Briant because he always did what he said he would do and kept me informed. We settled with the insurance company and I'm happy with the result. If someone I know needs an attorney, I will tell them to call Briant because he will get the job done. Michael G.
After a head–on collision I had extremely serious injuries to my back and neck, and some internal injuries. I was airlifted to the hospital and started a huge amount of medical expenses accumulating. I hired a lawyer recommended by a friend but I was not satisfied. My cousin told me about this firm so I talked to Briant Mildenhall about handling the case. I was at ease from the get–go. Briant kept me informed all the way through, was always reassuring and did everything he said he would do. He helped us get the money we needed to get the treatment we needed. Briant was fantastic! Ronda W. (Car Accident)
I was in a car accident that was complicated from the start. I looked on the internet and called a few different lawyers but they turned me down after they heard my story. When I called this firm Lyn Dodson asked me to talk to her in person. I met with Lyn and Rob Katz and after hearing my story they were confident I had a case. They vigorously pursued my case and over time we built a trusting relationship. Lyn even took time to help me with the traffic issues and other aspects of the case. They were always on my side and talked to me about the advantages and disadvantages of my options... Robert W. (Car Accident)
After my car accident, I was looking for an attorney and came across the name Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC. My intuition told me to call. I called in and Briant Mildenhall talked to me. He was very clear and honest about my options. As the case went forward, Briant and the staff at the law office always answered my questions right away. I was very confident in Briant's legal ability. He kept me informed every step of the way. I would recommend Mr. Mildenhall and the firm to anyone who needs an attorney. Antonio J. (Car Accident)
I would recommend the law firm of Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC. Lyn Dodson was my attorney after my auto accident. I had confidence in her legal abilities and experience. She did a very good job for me. She was always there to answer the many questions I asked. The firm is very professional. Lyn always gave you her undivided attention. The firm, especially Lyn, worked with you like a long time friend. Joe B. (Auto Accident)
I am 100% satisfied. I called Rob the day after the accident. Everything he said that would happen did, every step of the way. He went beyond what we needed him to do. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. Steve H.
Robert Katz isn't your average personal injury lawyer. He has specialized knowledge and experience that the others don't. Timothy W. (Trucking Accident)
I have nothing but good and positive things to say about Rob. One of the unique things about my case was that I was involved in a bicycle accident with another biker. He took an unorthodox case between two bicycle riders and he could see the logic and liability in it. I was very happy with the result. Rodney H. (Bicycle Accident)
We just loved him to death. He acted like he cared about us, not just our case. He kept us posted on everything. He even called us on Sundays to update us. My case involved a rear-end collision where I had herniated disks and I had had a prior back injury. Complicated as it was, we were very happy with the outcome. Kathy H. (Car accident)
Throughout the course of my case, Mr. Katz kept me informed about its status, returned my telephone calls and was very attentive to my needs and concerns. Simply put, he cared not just about my case, but about me. Joseph B.
I was, and still am, extremely satisfied with Rob's work and with the outcome of my case. Rob strives to be there for his clients, and I was no exception...I would happily recommend Rob to anyone who is seeking legal assistance after suffering a severe injury. Joey E.
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