There is no situation more devastating and heart-wrenching than knowing your child has suffered a birth injury at the hands of a negligent obstetrician or other medical professional. What’s more, birth injuries are likely to follow that child around for the rest of their life, and as a parent, it is particularly challenging to see them suffer day in and day out.
According to an online birth injury guide, half of all birth injuries that occur each year can be avoided with appropriate planning, identification, and intervention by obstetricians.
If you believe your child has a birth injury or you are a mother that was harmed during the birthing process, the Los Angeles birth injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm may be able to help. Our birth trauma lawyers have access to some of the nation’s top medical experts that can assist in bringing justice to you and your family. While we know all the money in the world cannot reverse you or your child’s injuries, our law firm can at least bring you the financial compensation needed to cover medical bills and manage day to day life.
Los Angeles Birth Injury Cases We Handle
No two birth injury cases are alike, and our Los Angeles birth injury attorneys always take an attentive and personalized approach to each one for the most successful results. Over the years we’ve handled thousands of birth trauma cases that were the direct result of medical malpractice. Our lawyers’ experience in such cases includes
A rather well-known birth injury, cerebral palsy is a permanent condition where the child may experience mild to severe symptoms based on the severity of the brain damage during birth. It’s also important to note that sometimes cerebral palsy may not even be diagnosed until a couple of months or up to a year after they are born.
There are instances where the cause of cerebral palsy is unknown, and others where it can be traced back to a specific action or event. Potential circumstances that may lead to a child developing cerebral palsy are prolonged labor, a delayed c-section, an undetected material infection, or hypoxia, to name a few.
If you believe your child may be a victim of cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury, give our Los Angeles attorneys a call now to discuss your case.
Forceps are used during the birthing process to assist a mother if she is unable to push the baby out on her own. Forceps are generally only used if the delivery period is prolonged or if the baby has a bad heart rate reading. Both mother and baby face numerous risks with forceps usage that can lead to lifelong, debilitating effects if not carefully executed.
Parents have a choice whether or not they would like their doctor to use forceps and be given other options if they are available. If no alternatives are available, the mother must be aware of all risks involved, and it is the duty of the doctor to keep the mother and baby safe during the procedure.
If you or your baby has suffered an injury from unsafe usage of forceps, our law firm and team of skilled Los Angeles birth injury attorneys will gladly take your case and seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Erb’s palsy affects the brachial plexus, which is a series of nerves that surround a baby’s shoulder. Out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S., Erb’s palsy is present in one to two births. Babies with Erb’s palsy may show the following symptoms in the first few months of their lives:
- Partial or full paralysis
- Loss of sensory function
- A decreased gripping ability
- Limpness in the affected arm
- Loss of motor function
- Decreased development in the nervous, muscular, and circulatory systems
This injury and subsequent condition may occur if the baby is too large when giving birth, if the baby is breached at the wrong angle, or if the baby’s shoulder gets stuck in the mother’s pelvic bone. In all of these instances, the practicing physician must use appropriate care and intervention, or they run the risk of giving the child permanent life-long injuries.
Our Los Angeles birth injury attorneys and birth trauma lawyers want to speak with you if you believe your child has Erb’s palsy caused by medical malpractice. Give our law firm a call today for a free case review.
Speak With a Barnes Firm Legal Representative Today
Our Los Angeles birth injury attorneys can only imagine the tremendous amount of emotional, physical, and financial pain that families have to go through when dealing with a child with a birth injury. When you consult with The Barnes Firm birth injury attorneys serving the Greater Los Angeles area, we will help you understand the various medical malpractice laws surrounding birth injuries, which in turn will help us determine if you have a case. Get in touch with our firm today by dialing 800-800-0000 to schedule your free and 100% confidential appointment.