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Massachusetts Birth Injury Lawyer

Even when everything goes right, giving birth is extremely emotionally and physically challenging. While having a child can be incredibly beautiful and rewarding, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong. If the mother or baby suffers a birth-related injury, the negligence of a medical professional may have played a part. 

If a doctor or nurse acted negligently and caused you or your child to suffer a birth injury in Massachusetts, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim for compensation. At Sweeney Merrigan, our dedicated team of birth injury lawyers is committed to thoroughly investigating every case so that our clients can collect the maximum amount of compensation available for their claims. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a trusted birth injury attorney, give us a call at (617) 391-9001 or complete our online contact form today. 

Common Causes of Birth Injuries in Massachusetts

When a medical professional acts negligently during labor or delivery, both the mother and child could suffer irreversible injuries. However, it is essential to note that birth injuries are different from congenital disabilities. While a congenital disability is a condition present before the baby is born, a birth injury can happen either during labor or during delivery. 

Although many doctors provide mothers and babies with the highest level of medical care, many others may fail to follow proper procedures. Some common causes of birth injuries in Massachusetts include:

  • Improper use of medical equipment such as forceps and vacuum extractors during delivery
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to diagnose the mother’s medical conditions
  • Failure to recognize and respond to symptoms of fetal distress
  • Failure to develop a plan for complicated or high-risk pregnancies
  • Failure to perform a C-section when appropriate and necessary 

If your doctor’s negligence caused you or your child’s birth injury, you do not need to suffer alone. The compassionate birth injury lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan understand how challenging dealing with the aftermath of a birth injury can be. Our team is dedicated to making the claims process as stress-free as possible so you can hold the liable parties responsible while focusing solely on your child’s and your own recovery. 

Birth Injuries Involving Newborns in Massachusetts

While some birth injuries can be mild, others can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, any type of birth injury could cause lasting trauma for the mother and her child. If a doctor deviates from the upheld standard of care, the newborn may suffer severe birth injuries. Some common birth injuries in Massachusetts include:

  • Brachial plexus injuries 
  • Brain injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Bone fractures
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Internal hemorrhaging
  • Hypoxia
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Oxygen deprivation

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it is possible that your newborn may have suffered another injury due to your doctor’s negligence. While many birth injuries harm the newborn, some may significantly harm the mother. After suffering from medical malpractice during labor, the mother may experience vaginal tearing, a ruptured uterus, or PTSD, among other severe conditions.

Damages You May Be Eligible to Recover if Your Child’s Birth Injuries Were the Result of Medical Malpractice

Birth injuries can be emotionally, physically, and financially debilitating for mothers and their families. If you and your child were the victims of a birth injury caused by a medical professional’s negligence, you should not be forced to foot the bill for your recovery. The dedicated birth injury lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan will fight tirelessly for your rights so that you can recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for the losses you and your child endured. Some damages you may be eligible to recover through a medical malpractice claim include:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical therapy
  • Long-term care
  • Medications and medical devices
  • In-home care
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Acute emotional distress
  • Special education

Your case’s unique circumstances will determine the specific damages you may be eligible for. Your Massachusetts birth injury lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan will thoroughly investigate your case to establish the doctor’s liability and the total value of the damages you and your family are owed.

Partner With a Trusted Massachusetts Birth Injury Attorney at Sweeney Merrigan

If you or your child suffered a birth-related injury due to a healthcare professional’s negligence in Massachusetts, you need an experienced birth injury lawyer in your corner. The compassionate medical malpractice attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan are dedicated to taking a personalized approach to every case so that their clients get the justice they deserve. 

Our medical malpractice team includes experienced attorneys Benjamin R. Novotny, Kimberly K. Ridge, and Kyle A. Camilleri and is assisted by medical document reviewer Amy Nichols. Novotny and Ridge have been named Super Lawyers Rising Stars multiple times in a row, and all three attorneys devote 100% of their practice to litigation. Attorney Novotny has recovered millions of dollars in damages for his clients while holding negligent parties fully accountable for the suffering they caused and was also named Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year in 2018 for his exceptional work on medical malpractice cases. To get started and schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (617) 391-9001 or reach out online through our contact form today.