As a birth-injury attorney, Jeffrey Killino knows how a spinal birth-defect can devastate not only a child’s life but the lives of the child’s family, as well. He and his legal team have the resources and the background to handle multiple types of birth-injury cases, including spinal birth-defects, and have extensive experience and knowledge regarding birth injuries that may have been caused by medical mistakes. Attorney Killino’s legal team has the expertise and resources to advocate for your child and obtain the compensation your child deserves. If you suspect that your child has suffered a spinal birth-defect as a result of medical negligence, contact attorney Killino at 877-875-2927 for a free evaluation of your case and the legal options available to you.
Experienced & Knowledgeable
Complications are often encountered during a child’s delivery. How a doctor, hospital, and medical staff react to these complications may affect the child’s lifelong health. In some instances, a medical mistake may cause a child’s spinal-cord injury and permanent paralysis. If the injury could have been prevented, the child and the family may be entitled to financial compensation.
Attorney Jeffrey Killino and his firm of spinal birth-defect attorneys can offer you and your family the legal knowledge and experience you need during such a trying time. They know how a spinal birth injury can result in financial as well as psychological and emotional stress, and will fight for the compensation and justice you and your child deserve. Birth-injury attorney Jeffrey Killino has long been a tireless advocate for children and parents. He and his dedicated legal team will examine every factor involved in your child’s birth and advise you on your legal rights and options.
Spinal Birth Defect Causes
According to an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), neural tube defects (defects in the brain, spinal cord, or spinal nerve) are one of the most common forms of birth defects. The causes of these and other spinal birth defects vary, but some occur as a result of medical malpractice, such as the improper use of forceps to extract the baby. Though a difficult labor process is not usually the cause of spinal cord injuries, a doctor’s twisting of forceps more than 90 degrees to aid in a child’s delivery may result in injuries such as nerve damage, fractures, paralysis, and numbness.
Legal Liability for Spinal Birth Defects
A child’s spinal birth defects may be caused, in certain instances, by the malpractice, or negligence, of medical professionals. When this occurs, those individuals, and in some cases, the hospitals or other entities that employ them, may be found liable for the damages suffered by a child as a result of such spinal birth defects in an action for medical malpractice.
Malpractice or Negligent Care during Pregnancy
Medical malpractice that results in a child’s spinal birth defect often occurs during the mother’s pregnancy. A physician’s failure to provide adequate care to a mother during the mother’s pregnancy can cause a child’s spinal birth defect.
· Failure to Prescribe Folic-acid Supplementation
If, for example, an obstetrician or other treating physician failed to prescribe or recommend supplementation with folic acid during certain pregnancies, a neural-tube defect (a form of spinal birth defect) may occur as a result of the fetus’s deprivation of an adequate amount of this important nutrient. A physician’s failure to prescribe folic-acid supplementation during a woman’s pregnancy may be found to constitute a breach of the standard of care required of a physician in such circumstances and result in liability on the part of the physician for the child’s spinal birth defect in a medical malpractice action.
· Failure to Treat or Control Mother’s Obesity or Diabetes
In addition to a failure to prescribe folic-acid supplementation, other failures on the part of physicians during a mother’s pregnancy may contribute to a child’s neural-tube spinal birth defect. The obesity or untreated diabetes of a pregnant woman may also increase the risk of a child developing this spinal birth defect. If a treating physician fails to provide adequate recommended related a pregnant patient’s weight and/or diabetes and the mother’s weight or diabetes is determined to have been a cause of her child’s spinal birth injury, the physician may be held liable for the damages suffered by the child as a result of the child’s spinal birth injury.
· Failure to Control or Prevent Use of Certain Medications during Pregnancy
In many instances, a pregnant woman’s use of medications—such as certain antidepressants and seizure medications—during pregnancy may result in her child’s spinal birth defects. If a physician fails to only safe medications during a woman’s pregnancy, the physician may be found liable in a medical malpractice action for the child’s spinal birth defect.
If medical malpractice or negligence of a medical professional contributed to your child’s spinal birth defect, you may be entitled to financial compensation from all parties responsible for your child’s injuries. Our birth injury medical-malpractice lawyers will handle your claim and guide you through the process. Experienced birth-injury attorney Jeffrey Killino is committed to defending the victims of medical malpractice who are faced with the emotional and financial hardships associated with birth traumas such as spinal birth defects. Contact attorney Killino at 877-875-2927 for a no-cost review of your case and advice regarding your legal options.