Birth Injury Claims

California Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Every parent wishes its child will be born healthy. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Thousands of babies are born each year with injuries ranging from temporary and mild to permanent and severe. Even more tragic than finding out your child was born with a defect or injury, is knowing that the injury should have been prevented if the medical professionals had acted responsibly. Sometimes the birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice are so severe that the mother or child does not survive the delivery.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf you live in California and have delivered a baby who suffered a birth injury and you suspect medical malpractice is the cause, a lawyer with experience in birth injury claims from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC, can attempt to find you a medical malpractice attorney in your area at no additional cost. With an experienced California medical malpractice lawyer on your side, you have a better chance of obtaining the maximum amount of damages to compensate your child’s medical bills and suffering.

Not Every Birth Injury is Malpractice

It’s true that some women experience difficult deliveries and the doctors do everything they can to ensure the health and safety of both newborn and mother. And sometimes, injuries occur that are nobody’s fault. However, if the pregnancy is high risk and doctors anticipate a difficult delivery, they should take the necessary precautions before a mother goes into labor. When the unborn baby is in fetal distress, it is important that California medical professionals work quickly and professionally to ensure the potential for complications is minimized.

Cerebral Palsy

The most common birth injury resulting from medical malpractice is cerebral palsy; the generic term for a number of disorders that affects a baby’s brain function and body movement. Cerebral palsy may result from an injury to the baby’s brain while in the womb, during delivery, or even after birth. This condition can also develop from oxygen deprivation during the delivery process. Babies who suffer from cerebral palsy may display developmental disabilities and impairment of motor skills such as:

  • Slow development in learning to roll over, crawl and talk
  • Involuntary movements
  • Abnormal muscle tone or “floppiness” of limbs
  • Unusual posture
  • Vision or hearing problems

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is birth injury also known as brachial plexus palsy. This condition occurs when a newborn’s shoulder becomes impacted during delivery, causing the brachial plexus nerves stretch or tear. Erb’s palsy most often occurs in the delivery of a larger baby, when excessive pressure is placed on the head, shoulder or neck because of difficulty delivering the shoulder. Many times, forceps or vacuum is used to assist in the delivery, and causes the brachial plexus nerves to tear or separate. The result is paralysis or limpness in the baby’s arm and a loss of sensation in the hands.

If your child suffered a birth injury because of medical malpractice and you live in California, you may be eligible for compensation. Please fill out the online form and a lawyer with medical malpractice experience from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to pair you with a California medical malpractice lawyer, if your case appears to be valid.