Birth Injury Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
The last thing new parents want to hear is that their child suffered an injury during labor or delivery. While complications during childbirth are common, most injuries and health problems to mother and child are preventable with proper medical care. Negligence and the incompetence of obstetricians, nurses, and other staff members during pregnancy and birth can cause serious harms that never should have happened. After learning of your child’s birth injuries, talk to a lawyer from DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC. We represent parents of children with birth injuries in Riverside and San Bernardino.
Birth Injuries that May Stem from Negligence
Some birth injuries are more indicative of medical malpractice than others. Brachial plexus injuries and shoulder dystocia, for example, often result from improper pulling when a baby gets lodged behind the mother’s pelvic bone. While a diagnosis does not immediately mean your baby has been the victim of malpractice, it should raise a red flag. If a doctor has diagnosed your child with any of the following conditions or injuries, talk to a lawyer about possible medical malpractice:
- Broken bones. Broken bones, especially the child’s clavicle, often stem from inappropriate use of force or birth-assisting tools during delivery. Improper use of vacuum extractors, forceps, or other tools, as well as mishandling the infant, can all cause bone fractures or lacerations.
- Brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is the group of nerves in the shoulder that controls the arm, hand, and fingers. If something injures the baby’s upper arm during delivery, it can lead to a brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy (temporary paralysis in the affected arm) or Klumpke’s palsy (permanent paralysis in affected area).
- Cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can occur when trauma during labor results in oxygen deprivation that damages the brain. Physicians may be able to prevent CP through proper vital sign monitoring during labor and delivery. CP can impair motor function, and typically lasts for life.
- Infection-related injuries/illnesses. Physicians must carefully monitor mothers throughout pregnancy to detect maternal infections or conditions, such as gestational diabetes, that may adversely affect the baby. Failure to track and treat maternal conditions can result in negligence-related birth injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries. An incompetent or negligent doctor can inflict a severe or fatal spinal cord injury on the infant if the doctor improperly uses forceps. Forceps can cause traumatic spinal nerve or cord damage, or meningeal tears. These injuries can cause permanent paralysis and neurological problems in the infant.
- Wrongful death. In the most severe cases, a negligent practitioner may cause an infant or mother’s wrongful death during labor and delivery. This can happen if the doctor fails to monitor vital signs, fails to react to emergency situations, and fails to recommend and carry out an emergency cesarean section.
These birth injuries deserve further inquiry by a personal injury lawyer. If you had a complicated or particularly traumatic birth experience that caused injury, you and your child may be victims of medical negligence. The lawyers at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC want to investigate your child’s birth injuries and help you assign fault, if applicable. A successful claim could lead to significant compensation for you and your child’s harms. Contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation.