Birth Injuries

Portsmouth Injury Attorneys/Birth Injuries

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 33 children are born with birth defects or suffer a birth injury. Dealing with the serious injury or death of a mother or child during the birthing process is among the most devastating tragedies a family can face.

New Hampshire Birth Injuries

The Law Offices of Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy and Lown handles birth injuries to mother or child throughout the state of New Hampshire and Maine.

Birth injuries handled include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Intra-ventricular hemorrhage
  • Paralysis
  • Erbs Palsy
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Forceps Injuries
  • C-section Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Infections
  • Hemorrhage/bleeding

The Portsmouth injury Lawyers at the Law Offices of Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy and Lown have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle complex birth injury lawsuits in New Hampshire. And the financial resources required to battle doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.

Choosing a law firm to handle a complex case such as a birth injury is an important decision that can impact the rest of your life. The medical and legal complexities require a veteran law firm with access to the medical and legal experts who are able to build a case capable of winning the compensation you and your family deserve.

Serious birth defects can result in life-long health complications and significant financial consequences.

Each member of the staff at the Law Offices of Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy and Lown want you to be comfortable with your decision. Choosing a law firm to represent you in a birth injury claim is an incredibly personal decision. We understand. We are a firm of parents and families. Together, we will assemble a team specifically chosen to address the needs and challenges of your case.
And we will come to visit you at home or in the hospital to discuss your rights. Our New Hampshire and Maine birth injury attorneys handle all types of serious or fatal birth injuries, including Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy and Eclampasia.

Cerebral Palsy

As many as 10,000 cases are diagnosed among newborns each year – an increase of 25 percent in the last decade. Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury involving an infant’s muscle control. The four types are spastic, athetoid dyskinetic, ataxic and mixed.

An estimated 80 percent of Cerebral Palsy cases occur during pregnancy or child birth. Common causes are infection, including meningitis, bleeding on the brain, or a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Erbs Palsy

Erbs Palsy results from damage to the nerves in the shoulder, called the Brachial Plexus, and results in muscle weakness or a loss of movement in the arms.

Frequently the result of excessive pulling during child birth, c-section births can be indicated for large or at-risk infants. Erbs Palsy can require surgery and tendon transfers to replace nerves that are not functioning properly.

Eclampsia or Pre-eclampsia

Eclampsia involves seizures in pregnant women and can result in the premature birth or stillbirth of infants. Experts believe a number of factors are involved, including genes and diet. Pre-eclampsia is a precursor to eclampsia and involves rapid weight gain and high blood pressure.

Late diagnosis or failure to diagnose can not only involve stillbirth, but can also result in the serious injury or death of the birth mother. Early delivery and anti-seizure medication can be warranted.

If you are dealing with a birth injury in Portsmouth or elsewhere in New Hampshire or Maine, please contact the Law Offices of Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy and Lowntoday for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your concerns.