Was your child injured during birth?
Our San Antonio birth injury lawyers can help your family demand justice
If the negligence of a doctor, nurse or another medical professional resulted in a personal injury before or during the birth of your child, you have rights, and our San Antonio birth injury lawyers can protect those rights. Birth injuries demand strong legal action, and the experienced attorneys from the Herrera Law Firm know what it takes to get families the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
What are common birth injuries?
Despite advances in modern medical care, childbirth continues to come with risks. Sometimes technology and specialized care cannot save a baby from mistakes made by healthcare providers. That’s because some doctors and other healthcare professionals miss the warning signs of a dangerous or potentially fatal medical condition.
If your child suffered an injury during birth, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages (financial compensation) in these types of medical malpractice cases may include payments for the baby’s emergency medical care, future medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering for the injured baby and the traumatized parents.
What are the different types of birth injuries?
Examples of temporary childbirth injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Excessive facial swelling
- Examples of permanent childbirth injuries include:
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- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus injury
- Blindness or loss of vision
Whatever type of birth injury your family is dealing with, make sure you take your case seriously right from the start. Our San Antonio birth injury attorneys are committed to helping the community, one family at a time. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Cerebral palsy in newborns can occur naturally. The main cause of cerebral palsy is a lack of blood flow to the brain during delivery, starving the infant’s brain of oxygen. However, a doctor’s actions during the delivery can contribute to or even create this situation.
A doctor may be considered negligent if any of the following conditions existed during childbirth:
- Not promptly recognizing or resolving complications with the umbilical cord (for instance, when it is around the baby’s neck in utero)
- Inappropriate use of a vacuum extractor
- Inappropriate use of forceps to speed delivery
What are the signs of cerebral palsy in a baby?
There are many different symptoms of cerebral palsy in newborns, and they can range in severity.
Common signs of cerebral palsy include:
- Facial tics
- Muscle spasms
- Under-developed fine motor control
- Posture problems
Our San Antonio legal team understands how difficult childbirth injury cases can be for parents and families. Our attorneys maintain confidentiality and use discretion throughout a birth injury case and typically negotiate with insurance companies, not doctors. Let us advocate for you and your child. Get a birth injury lawyer from the Herrera Law Firm today, and we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation.
Erb’s palsy is the common name for an injury to the brachial plexus, a nerve center near the shoulder. In newborns, brachial plexus injuries resulting in Erb’s palsy commonly occur when an infant’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery.
If the attending doctor does not promptly address the condition, the damage to this nerve center can lead to paralysis or other nerve damage in the newborn’s arm. In some cases, the injury is aggravated by forcible extraction while the shoulder is still trapped.
How is Erb’s palsy caused?
- The condition of an in-utero child’s shoulder becoming stuck is known as “shoulder dystocia.”
- The brachial plexus is a mass of nerves in the armpit; it is responsible for transmitting nerve signals to the arm.
- The damage to the brachial plexus due to shoulder dystocia can paralyze parts of the arm.
- The resulting nerve damage condition may be referred to as Erb’s palsy.
An Erb’s palsy injury can have devastating, long-term consequences for your child. Contact the Herrera Law Firm. We hold negligent medical professionals accountable and help families get the compensation they need.
Mistakes made by medical professionals during child birth can sometimes result in permanent brain damage to a newborn child. In many cases, the oxygen supply is accidently cut off to a child before the delivery process, resulting in permanent brain damage.
Many surgeons, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals will insist they did everything they could to avoid injury, but that’s not always true. In many cases, the child’s injuries could have been avoided if the healthcare providers delivering the baby didn’t make a mistake.
Common reasons why medical professionals make mistakes resulting in permanent brain damage include:
- Lack of communication between medical professionals
- Inexperienced medical workers
- Medical professionals incorrectly reading medical instruments
- Medical professionals operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to follow proper medical protocol
Newborn children can be especially susceptible to infection. That’s why it’s critical that hospitals take precautions to prevent exposing newborn children to potentially harmful or deadly infectious diseases.
Drug-resistant infectious diseases have become increasingly common in hospitals. Most hospitals take precautions to prevent newborn children from being exposed to diseases by isolating the newborn children from other patients. Even so, mistakes sometimes occur, and young children can suddenly be fighting for their lives.
If newborn children come into contact with diseases soon after being born, their lives could be at risk. That’s why it’s important to contact our law firm if your child contracted a serious infection soon after being born. Your family may be able to take legal action against the hospital for its negligent or reckless behavior, and our San Antonio birth injury lawyers can help.