Some birth injuries are unavoidable, but a certain percentage can be directly attributed to careless, reckless or otherwise negligent actions on the part of the attending doctor or nurses.
Antelope Valley Birth Injury Attorney
Fighting for Families in Lancaster and Palmdale
The news that your child has been injured at birth can mar the otherwise joyful experience of welcoming a baby into the world. Your relief at learning that your child was able to survive what could have been a life-threatening emergency may be quickly replaced with outrage, frustration, and concern over the realization that your child is starting life out with an injury that may constitute a partial or total disability. Your child may require extensive ongoing medical treatment, and he or she may never be able to achieve self-sufficiency. He or she may never be capable of earning an income to be fully independent and might be prevented from enjoying all that life has to offer.
Don't assume that the doctor did everything that could—and should—have been done to prevent your child's injury. No matter how well-trained an obstetrician may be, he or she is still liable to make mistakes, and when this happens, the results can be disastrous.
Common Birth Injuries
Pregnancy and childbirth are natural, even routine processes. Unfortunately, obstetricians and delivery room personnel can and do mistakes which jeopardize the health, safety, and well-being of both infants and mothers.
We have represented numerous clients whose babies have suffered from birth injuries such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Birth asphyxia (oxygen deprivation)
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Facial paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb’s palsy
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
Causes of Birth Injuries
Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Prolonged labor
- High infant birth weight
- Failure to order an emergency C-section
- Failure to monitor/respond to signs of fetal distress
- Improper use of forceps/vacuum extractors
- Failure to treat maternal/fetal infections
- Twisting of the infant’s head/neck when removing from birth canal
- Medication errors
These and other mistakes can have devastating consequences. If you believe your child’s injuries were the result of medical malpractice or negligence, reach out to the Accident Attorneys to speak to one of our Antelope Valley birth injury lawyers about your potential legal options.
Discuss Your Birth Injury Case with a Lancaster Medical Malpractice Attorney
When pursuing monetary damages for Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy or some other type of birth injury, it is necessary to conduct an exhaustive investigation in order to discover the evidence necessary to prove the cause of the injury. For example, it may be found that the doctor failed to order a C-section despite a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, and that this was the cause of a distressed labor that resulted in an injury to the baby.
One of the most common types of product liability claims involve auto parts leading to a car accident. Other types of product liability claims include the following faulty products:
Children’s toy parts
Design defects are one of the most common product liability claims filed. Manufacturing defects are another common type of claims filed. An anottorney can help you determine what is the most practical approach for your case.
To successfully file a product liability claim, whether for a design or manufacturing defect, is to prove the file a claim that proves:
Your (the defendant’s) relationship to the product
Unreasonably dangerous condition of the product
The relationship between your injuries and the defective natur eof the product
Your case does not need any prestige or size to qualify for a product liability claim. You deserve justice in your case as have the tens of thousands of individuals who have filed product liability lawsuits each year. If you are ready to take the next step to fight for what you deserve, give our team a call today!