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Birth Injury

The birth of your new baby should be a time of joy and celebration for your family. If an emergency in the birth experience has led to a birth injury, this joyous occasion can be overshadowed by unexpected medical problems for your infant or the mother and trauma for your entire family.


Rather than a birth defect, which is a medical problem that develops in the fetus before birth, a birth injury is the result of a physical trauma during labor, delivery or soon after the baby has been born. Unlike birth defects, birth injuries may be preventable if medical professionals properly evaluate and prepare for risk factors, monitor fetal vital signs, and respond quickly and appropriately to signs of fetal distress.

If your infant has suffered an injury due to negligent medical professionals, your child could sustain lifelong disabilities that require ongoing and expensive care. Birth injuries due to medical negligence may include:

● Brain injury, including bleeding, swelling or damage

● Cerebral Palsy

● Erb’s Palsy

● Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)


At Coughlan and Vinel, we have extensive experience working with families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and unimaginable losses. We approach each of our cases with compassion toward the survivors and family members. We have a small caseload so that we can give each case the special attention, passion and care that we would expect for our own family members.

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