Evaluating Birth Injury Claims

Evaluating Birth Injury Claims

Some of the more devastating medical malpractice cases are those that involve birth injuries - when negligence occurs near, during, or just after the labor and delivery process. When medical mistakes occur during the birthing process, the effects can be catastrophic and last a lifetime. A child may suffer permanent disabilities.

If you believe that your child has suffered a serious injury as the result of a medical negligence, it’s crucial to contact an experienced California birth injury attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your birth injury claim.

Several types of birth injuries may occur, and the severity and permanence often varies based on how quickly a medical team takes steps to assist when a baby/mother shows signs of distress, or provides proper medical care once an injury occurs (such as providing brain cooling when a brain injury has potentially occurred). Brain injuries are one of the more serious complications and hypoxic ischemic injuries may occur when an infant is deprived of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. When this occurs, the infant may develop cerebral palsy.

Another birth injury often linked to medical malpractice is a brachial plexus injury - damage to the bundle of nerves that affects the movement of a child’s shoulder, arm and hand. The injury may occur when shoulder dystocia occurs (the baby becomes stuck behind the mothers pubic bone) and the doctor uses too much force to correct the positioning. Other birth injuries include, but aren’t limited to jaundice, head trauma, and pre-term delivery.

To determine whether a birth injury is related to medical malpractice, it is critical to contact an experienced California birth injury lawyer at once.

For more information, please contact the dedicated California birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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