Corpus Christi Birth Injury Attorneys
Was Your Child’s Injury Caused by Substandard Medical Care?
Birth injuries can occur for different reasons, but no matter their cause,
they may have significant emotional and physical consequences. If your
child experienced a birth injury, you might face financial burdens now
and throughout your child’s life. You may need to deal with ongoing
medical expenses, special schooling, physical therapy, and much more.
It is essential to recover financial compensation that can cover your
child’s current, ongoing, and lifelong care.
The Bandas Law Firm has years of experience handling birth injury claims
in Texas. We can determine if your physician handled the birth properly
or if another healthcare professional may have been negligent before,
during, or after labor and delivery. If substandard care was provided,
our Corpus Christi birth injury attorneys can fight to bring the responsible
parties to justice.
If your child was injured at birth, contact the Bandas Law Firm at
(361) 238-2789 today so we can provide you with a free case review. From our Corpus Christi
office, we serve Nueces County and all of Texas.
Types of Birth Injuries
Preventable birth injuries may range from minor to very serious. They all
deserve attention because someone did not handle your baby properly during
childbirth. Birth injuries could include broken bones,
cerebral palsy, or even death. No matter the situation, if there was negligence involved,
you may wish to consider pursuing a case against the at-fault party as
soon as possible.
Some of the ways that birth injury can occur include:
- Unnecessary or improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor during delivery
Improper delay in ordering a
- Failure to monitor or address fetal distress
- Improper use of Pitocin, a drug used to induce labor
- Failure to perform necessary testing during pregnancy
- Neglecting to handle or refer high-risk patients in the proper manner
Birth injuries are not just limited to the baby. If the mother was injured
during childbirth and negligence was involved, you could have a case as well.
How Do Mistakes Cause Fetal Injury?
Though babies that a mother carries to term enter the world in a much better
condition than premature babies, the labor process is still incredibly
fraught with risk. Technology has helped us decrease the likelihood of
serious and fatal incidents; however, the forces on a fetus during delivery
can cause permanent harm. This can happen
during a difficult labor or during an intervention in the birthing process. Doctors are well aware of the warning signs (some
of which they may notice before birth) of serious injuries. For example,
if fetal heart rate monitors pick up tachycardia or bradycardia (heart
rate that is too fast or too slow, respectively), the baby is likely in
distress and in need of intervention. If doctors fail to act in critical
moments like this, infants may be born with disabilities that will affect
them for their entire lives.
Types of Birth Injuries
Babies may suffer mental and/or physical injuries during birth. During
labor, a fetus’ oxygen supply still comes via the mother’s
blood. However, if either the placenta or umbilical cord have their connection
to either the mother or the fetus disrupted, a lack of oxygen flow can
quickly cause brain injuries. These include:
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cognitive impairment
When labor is difficult for the mother, it is typically difficult for the
fetus as well. Sometimes, delivering the baby can be difficult, especially
if it is positioned in a nonstandard manner or is on the larger side.
Birth injuries often involve the shoulder as it may become stuck during
delivery, stretching the joint away from the neck in a dangerous manner.
Also known as
brachial plexus injuries, these stresses can cause damage to the musculoskeletal system. They include:
- Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Klumpke’s Paralysis
The nerve damage can affect the function of the arms, wrists, and hands.
Some other injuries that may occur include:
- Subgaleal or intracranial hemorrhage
- Facial nerve paralysis
- Retinal hemorrhage
- Skull fracture
Though outcomes vary with injury type, some babies need extensive treatment
and/or will live with a disability for the rest of their life.
Creating a Valid Birth Injury Claim
You will need to do a few things in order to have a valid birth injury
claim, including proving that negligence was involved and caused the injury.
Negligence can occur if the physician or healthcare worker did not follow
standards for care during birth or if they used improper procedures to
handle the birth itself.
When you work with a Corpus Christi birth injury lawyer at the Bandas Law
Firm, we will go through the whole research and discovery process to find
negligence and document it properly. Of course, if your child has suffered
from a birth injury, then dealing with a lawsuit may be the last thing
on your mind. Let us handle everything for you so you can focus on your
child’s care. We strive to pursue maximum compensation in every
birth injury claim we handle.
Contact our firm today to find out more about your rights and options.
Your initial consultation is free, and we are available 24/7 to assist you.