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Maine Birth injury Attorneys

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Bringing a child into the world can be the greatest joy in a couple’s life. However, 27 out of every 1,000 births in the United States involve some sort of birth-related injury that can arise during pregnancy, delivery or in the moments after the child is born. While some of these injuries can be attributed to natural causes, too many result from the negligence of health-care professionals and their staff.

The attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott realize that a medical malpractice claim cannot alleviate the harm caused by such negligence, but it can help to pay for medical care the baby will need and handle other costs that will help the child have a healthy and productive life. Contact our medical malpractice legal team at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your options.

By working with clients in birth injury cases throughout the state of Maine, including Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland, our medical malpractice attorneys have acquired insight into the many causes of birth injuries. Among those causes are:

  • Failing to respond to changes in the mother’s or baby’s condition, such as changes in the baby’s heart rate;
  • Failing to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord;
  • Leaving the baby in the birth canal too long;
  • Failing to perform a cesarean section when it is needed;
  • Failing to treat seizures following the delivery.

There many types of injuries that can arise in the birth process, including:

  • Bleeding, bruising and bone fractures;
  • Cerebral palsy, which is a form of brain damage that can cause different types of neuromuscular deficiencies marked by a lack of muscle control and coordination;
  • Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy, which are forms of nerve damage that can result in paralysis of the shoulder or upper arm (Erb’s ) or paralysis of the hand or wrist (Klumpke’s);
  • Torticollis, which is a condition in which the baby’s head and neck tilt to one side.

Actions for injuries to a child must be filed within six years after the date of the health care professional’s act or omission or within three years after the child reaches the age of majority, whichever occurs first. If you believe your baby has been injured by a health-care professional’s poor judgment or carelessness, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.