New Orleans Birth Injuries Lawyers

Handling Medical Malpractice Cases For More Than 25 Years

Being told that your child suffered a birth injury is one of the most difficult things a parent can hear. Learning that the injury was due to carelessness on the part of a Louisiana doctor or OB-GYN only makes the situation worse.

At the law firm of Mark W. Smith & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our New Orleans birth injuries lawyers have decades of experience representing mothers and fathers whose newborns were harmed by medical negligence. We are here to hold such medical professionals accountable and make sure your family receives the compensation you deserve.

Metairie Lawyers For Cerebral Palsy, Forceps Injuries And More

Our law firm is available to represent families in a full spectrum of birth injury cases. Here are just a few types of injuries that may be caused by medical negligence:

  • Vacuum extractor or forceps injuries: Improper use of such tools during delivery can easily lead to swelling of soft tissues in the infant’s scalp (caput succedaneum), facial paralysis and other harm.
  • Shoulder dystocia: This is a dangerous condition that occurs when an infant’s shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone.
  • Erb’s palsy: This type of palsy involves damage to the brachial plexus nerve, affecting the infant’s ability to move his or her fingers, hands or arms.
  • Cerebral palsy: This type of palsy is caused by brain damage, often resulting from oxygen deprivation, and affects the baby’s muscle functions.
  • Brain injuries: Fetal brain damage is frequently caused by hypoxia (not receiving enough oxygen) or anoxia (receiving no oxygen at all).
  • Fractures: Improper delivery techniques — especially for babies born in a breech position — can lead to fractures in the shoulders, collarbones, arms or legs.
  • Infant death: Failure to recognize and respond to fetal distress, failure to order a C-section when necessary and other forms of obstetrical negligence can lead to fetal death.
  • Uterine rupture: Previous uterine scarring, the use of labor-inducing drugs such as Oxycontin and other factors can increase the risk of uterine rupture in the mother.

If you or your child was injured during the birth process, learn more about your rights and options by scheduling a free initial consultation. Simply call our Metairie or New Orleans office at 504-224-8388 or contact us online. If we don’t recover money for you, you owe us no lawyers’ fees of any kind.