If you are unsure whether or not your baby suffered a preventable birth injury, contact an experienced birth injury attorney immediately to discuss the details of your case and learn your legal rights.

Here are a few examples of common types of birth injuries that could be considered medical malpractice.

Types of birth injuries

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Stillbirth
  • Fetal Distress

Birth-related injuries also include injuries that the mother may sustain due to the negligence of healthcare professionals including obstetricians, birthing assistants, anesthesiologists, and delivery nurses. According to one study, across the United States more than 50,000 mothers suffer serious birth-related injuries and 700 die annually. In comparison to other countries, the United States has one of the highest maternal death rates in developed countries.

Closer to home, the statistics for maternal mortality in Indiana are shocking. A report shared in June 2019, indicated in Indiana 94.8 of 100,000 live births ended in death for white and African American women. That same report indicated that Indiana ranks 7th highest in the United States for infant mortality.

Types of birth injuries to the mother

  • Vaginal tearing
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Hemorrhaging (excessing bleeding)
  • Fistula (tear in the wall between the vagina and rectum)
  • Infections

When medical professionals fail to properly monitor the health of the mother before, during, or after delivery serious injury or death could occur. If a doctor fails to diagnose internal bleeding it could likely lead to the death of the mother. Patients and their families put their trust in the medical staff to provide the best care possible to both the mother and their baby. When injuries occur due to the negligence of medical personnel, the impact can be life-altering.

Indiana Medical Malpractice involving Birth Injuries

Kelley Johnson is a trial attorney with extensive experience representing her clients in complex medical malpractice claims. As a mother, she understands the range of emotions that parents go through when their child is harmed by the acts of another person. Birth-related medical malpractice can have a severe impact on the quality of life for both the child and the mother. If you suspect medical malpractice occurred during the birth of your child, contact our office. There is a limited time that you may be able to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit in Indiana. Kelley Johnson can provide you with a thorough free case evaluation and discuss your legal options. If you decide to file a medical malpractice claim, Kelley will fight to maximize the compensation you receive for your baby’s injuries and any life-long care that may be necessary as a result of the malpractice.

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More about Kelley

Kelley was born and raised in a large family of 7, living throughout the state Indiana, from South Bend to southern Indiana, spending the majority of her childhood on a rural farm in Warrick County. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her law degree from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

She is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, the Southern District and Northern District federal courts and the Seventh Circuit federal appellate court. Kelley has spent nearly 15 years as a litigator with a well-respected Indianapolis plaintiff’s firm where she focused her practice on medical malpractice.