Birth Injury Attorney in California
Types of Birth Injury
During labor and delivery, babies can be harmed by multiple types of injuries, including:
- Brain Damage
- Brain Bleeding
- Brain Swelling
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Palsy (Erb’s Palsy)
- Facial Paralysis
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (“HIE”, or an injury to the brain resulting from a lack
- of oxygen)
- Skull Fractures or Brain Trauma
Birth injuries due to medical malpractice can occur for a number of reasons and can include irreversible brain injury. For example, brain injuries can occur when there is a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) to the baby’s brain while the mother is undergoing child birth and, typically, because either the obstetrician, nursing staff, or both, do not timely recognize signs of fetal intolerance to labor. Asphyxia, or the lack of oxygen to the brain, can cause life-long disabilities and difficulties. Typically, when a baby is born with some indication or evidence of asphyxia, also called birth depression, it can be treated easily after birth with an amount of brain stimulation, making it very rare to suffer a significant brain injury.
Some of the potential conditions that can cause more severe hypoxia, or even asphyxia, at birth include:
- Uterine Rupture
- Umbilical cord having a prolapse during delivery
- Separating the placenta before delivering the baby
- Pressure or compression of the umbilical cord during and after delivery
These conditions all pose a potential emergency situation which usually require the baby to be delivered in a timely manner by emergency Cesarean section. Given the dire emergency due to lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain, an emergency Cesarean section usually requires delivery within 15-20 minutes, or less, to lessen the chance of a significant brain injury to the baby rather than the average time span from “decision to incision” of about 30 minutes.
Tragically, many babies don’t fully recover from preventable brain injuries suffered during labor and delivery and are destined to a life of complex future medical care. When such preventable injuries occur, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to obtain the necessary medical care that your child deserves, and the compensation that you deserve occasioned by having to care for a brain-injured child.
Our legal team at ACTS is highly-skilled with nearly 70 combined years of experience zealously representing the victims of obstetric negligence. Our successful advocacy for our very deserving clients, including those children sustaining injury caused by obstetric negligence, has enabled us to achieve maximum recoveries, settlements and verdicts. We are here to help!
Contact opens in a new windowBruce Brusavich and opens in a new windowEduardo J. Ascencio if you think that you have been a victim of a birth injury or medical malpractice. Our team of zealous lawyers has nearly 70 years of combined experience to get you the help you deserve