Dr. Jack Tolliver believes that bringing a new life into the world should be a joyful experience. Here in Kentucky, we expect moms and babies to receive competent, professional medical care during a delivery so the new family can lead healthy lives together.
Sadly, about 28,000 newborns per year will suffer from a birth injury, many of which could have been prevented. Some birth injuries are temporary, while others are so debilitating that they require a lifetime of specialized care to help the child reach his or her full potential.
What is a birth injury?
A birth injury is an often-preventable injury that occurs just before, during, or shortly after a delivery. Symptoms may vary from baby to baby, and signs of injury may not show up until the child is much older.
There are many types of birth injuries. They may occur when a baby’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen, resulting in cerebral palsy or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Other injuries occur when a doctor applies too much force with a vacuum or forceps during delivery, or when the baby’s limbs are twisted to the point of permanently damaging nerves and muscles. Learn more about the different types of birth injuries.
When a birth injury occurs because of inexperience, inattention, or negligence on behalf of a doctor or medical personnel, the family may be entitled to compensation to help pay for expensive therapies and treatments necessary for the child to lead as healthy of a life as possible.
Dr. Tolliver’s law firm focuses on helping birth injury victims
Since much of his medical training and experience was in obstetrics and pediatrics, Dr. Jack Tolliver now focuses a significant portion of his Kentucky personal injury law firm on helping families of birth injury victims. During his medical career, Dr. Tolliver performed over 100 unassisted deliveries and was trained to be an on-call neonatologist. He has also been involved in neonatal resuscitations and has even led courses on newborn resuscitation for doctors and medical students.
In both his medical and legal careers, Dr. Tolliver has witnessed firsthand the devastating consequences of medical malpractice, especially when it affects children and their families. He also knows the price of continuing care for a child hurt by medical mistakes. Beyond the compensation needed for immediate medical bills, financial arrangements must be made to care for the lifetime treatment of a child affected by medical negligence resulting in birth injury.
Types of birth injuries
These injuries often develop from a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain. They may also occur when excessive blood or other fluid fills the area inside and around the skull, which puts too much pressure on the brain. The most common brain injuries in newborns include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds)
- Kernicterus (hyperbilirubinemia, extreme jaundice)
Often resulting from physical harm to the baby during or shortly after delivery, muscle- and nerve-related injuries can seriously limit a child’s movement for a lifetime. Common injuries include:
Birth trauma during delivery
Deliveries are complex procedures, particularly for high-risk infants suffering from complications like prematurity or an abnormal birth position. Without proper planning and competent care during the time around a delivery, the following injuries can occur:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Breech birth
- Caput succedaneum
- Bruising and broken bones
- Umbilical cord prolapse/umbilical cord compression
- Delayed C-section
- VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)
- Improper fetal monitoring resulting in complications
- Injury from improper use of vacuum extractor or forceps
- Medication errors, including dangerously high dosage of Pitocin
Maternal complications leading to injury
Much of a baby’s health is determined by the mother’s wellbeing during her pregnancy. If a physician does not properly test, monitor, and educate a pregnant patient, the following medical complications may result:
- Peripartum cardiomyopathy
- Premature birth
- Baby exposed to group B strep infection
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruption
Neonatal (after-birth) injuries
The job of a physician is not done once a baby is delivered. Newborns must be carefully monitored to ensure no health complications arise after birth. If a physician fails to properly diagnose the following conditions, a child’s lifelong health may be at risk:
- Neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Improper neonatal resuscitation
- Overventilation, hypocarbia
Call us today for a free birth injury consultation
Dr. Jack Tolliver is a successful physician and medical malpractice lawyer who understands the complexities of both hospitals and courtrooms.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth injury, we encourage you to contact our firm. With our team’s medical experience, we can thoroughly and quickly review your case at no charge. If we accept your case, we will pursue maximum compensation. We never pass on costs and expenses if we do not recover damages.
By seeking the maximum legal recourse against negligent physicians and hospitals, together we can help prevent future medical malpractice.
Serving clients across Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington, Hopkinsville, Richmond, Florence, Georgetown, Henderson, Elizabethtown, Ashland, Pikeville, Frankfort, Mt. Sterling, and Paducah.