BIRTH INJURIES & BIRTH INJURY LAW
Expectant parents place their trust in their obstetrician and hospital staff. When that trust is abused, and an unborn or newborn child is seriously, even fatally, injured, the family suffers indescribable grief. In the midst of the grief that follows a birth injury, the parents are often faced with the question of how to pay extraordinary medical bills and provide lifelong care for a child with special needs.
28,000 babies suffer birth injuries every year in the United States, ranging from minor birth injuries suffered before, during, or after birth, to traumas that have a profound effect on the child’s life and those that are fatal.
If your family has suffered a loss due to birth injuries, our Phoenix Birth Injuries Attorneys at Alex & Saavedra, will provide a free consultation and case evaluation. Please contact us to make arrangements.
If your child’s birth injuries resulted from obstetrical negligence, our lawyers will assemble a powerful team of attorneys, nurse consultants, and medical, technical, economic, and life care experts to present a compelling case on your behalf.
Birth injuries caused by oxygen deficiency during pregnancy or as a result of trauma during birth may have caused serious and permanently disabling brain damage, ranging from a learning disability to cerebral palsy. This brain damage may not be evident until the child is several months, even years, old.
- Other common birth injuries include Erb’s palsy, or brachial plexus palsy, shoulder injuries that may heal shortly after birth, or may cause serious and permanent paralysis.
- Failure to perform a cesarean section, or an unnecessary delay, is a common example of obstetrical negligence. If ultrasounds and other tests indicated the baby’s head was too large for the birth canal, or the baby’s heartbeat showed signs of fetal distress, the doctor may have been negligent in waiting to perform the c-section.
- Use of excessive force during delivery may cause a forceps injury and permanent brain, spinal cord, or other damage to the baby. Excessive force also can cause the mother’s uterus to rupture.
When handling a claim for birth injuries, birth injury attorneys rely on evidence and statements of witnesses. It is extremely important that you consult with an attorney with the right experience if you feel your child’s birth injuries were the result of medical malpractice.