Birth Injuries

A birth should be a joyous occasion; unfortunately, birth injuries can occur due to medical negligence that may turn that joy into pain, suffering and hardship. Injury to a baby before, during, or shortly after birth is a devastating occurrence for a family. It can be particularly difficult to determine whether a birth injury was the result of a medical professional’s negligence or simply an unavoidable tragedy. If you believe that medical malpractice contributed to your child’s injury, it is crucial that you contact experienced birth injury attorneys as soon as possible to protect your rights. Our birth injury attorneys serve the entire state of California and Arizona and can advise you as to the best course of legal action for you and your family. We are committed to helping victims, and can assist you in obtaining the compensation you need to care for your child.

Common Birth Injuries

There are many types of birth injury, a number of which carry consequences that can reach far into the future and forever change the course of your child’s life. Some of the most common include Erb’s Palsy, cerebral palsy, facial nerve damage, and fractures. In the most tragic circumstances, birth trauma can result in wrongful death. If you suspect your child’s injury was caused by medical malpractice at the time of birth, our birth injury attorneys can help. The team at our Southern California or Arizona offices has the resources and knowledge to handle even the most difficult birth injury cases.

Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury

Erb’s Palsy is caused by damage to the brachial plexus nerves that run from the spine to the arm and hand. Although these injuries vary in severity, individuals with Erb’s Palsy may have no muscle control or limited feeling in the affected arm, negatively affecting their quality of life and future earning potential.

Cerebral Palsy

Individuals with cerebral palsy have difficulty controlling their movements and may also suffer from a combination of visual, auditory, and speech impairments as a result of brain injury or damage. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that requires medical care and assistance.

Facial Nerve Injury

Damage to the baby’s facial nerves during delivery can result in lack of motion on one side of the face. This paralysis can resolve on its own, but more severe injuries may require surgical correction.

Fractures

Birth injury can result in fractured or broken bones. Typically, pressure during delivery or other birth trauma damages the baby’s clavicle or collarbone, but any bone may be fractured or broken during the delivery process.

Causes of Birth Injury

A birth injury may result from any number of circumstances. Some of the most common include:

  • The baby’s size or position prior to or during delivery
  • Prolonged labor
  • Delay in ordering a C-section
  • Misuse of forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Failure to anticipate complications
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress
  • Medication errors

The birth injury attorneys at our Los Angeles-area firm can evaluate your case and help determine the cause of your child’s injury. Although not all birth injuries are the result of a medial professional’s negligence or carelessness, many times we find that this is the unfortunate reality. If we believe you have a valid medical malpractice claim, our birth injury attorneys can assist you in recovering appropriate compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other damages. The team at Hodes Milman Liebeck understands the long-term consequences of your child’s injuries, and we will fight to protect your family’s rights.

Contact Our Law Firm

For more information about birth injury litigation, contact our personal injury firm to speak with our experienced team of birth injury attorneys. We serve California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties as well as throughout Arizona, and we are dedicated to upholding the rights of injury victims.

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