Houston Birth Injury Lawyer
Holding Physicians Accountable for Medical Negligence During Labor & Delivery
There are few experiences more incredible than the birth of your child. Tragically, a single error during labor and delivery by a medical professional can result in a lifelong disability. When a physician or other health care provider’s negligence causes harm to your infant, you deserve compensation.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our Houston birth injury lawyers can hold hospitals and their staff accountable for any wrongdoing that resulted in injury to your child. A claim for damages can help you pay for the long-term care and rehabilitation that your infant may need.
With over a century of combined experience, we know how to hold responsible parties liable for their wrongdoing. Do not hesitate to get the legal support you need to move forward from the injuries your child has suffered.
Call our office today at (713) 999-3681 for a free consultation.
The Devastating Reality of Birth Injuries in the United States
In the United States, there were over 3.7 million live births in a single year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thousands of children are affected each year by birth injuries. Estimates as to the number of infants that suffer trauma at birth range from 1.9 to 7 per 1000 live births.
Birth injuries can affect many aspects of a child’s development, whether it hinders them physically, emotionally, or mentally. Failing to order a medically necessary cesarean or improperly using forceps during a difficult labor can result in years of surgery for a child, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
If your child has been diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability that was potentially caused by trauma at birth, our Houston birth injury lawyers may be able to get you the financial justice you deserve. Call our office at (713) 999-3681 to discuss your legal options.
Leading Causes of Birth Injuries
Determining the cause of your child’s birth injury may require the testimony of a medical expert. Because birth injury lawsuits often involve complicated litigation, it is always recommended that you consult with an attorney prior to accepting any settlement. There may be one or more factors that led to your child’s injury.
Some common forms of birth trauma resulting in damages include:
- Poor prenatal care
- Failure to monitor for fetal distress
- Failure to order a medically necessary cesarean
- Prolonged, difficult labor
- Improper use of forceps or other extraction devices
- Failure to diagnose a maternal infection
- Medication errors
- Inexperienced or inadequately trained medical staff
Birth Injuries Are Not Birth Defects
Birth injury refers to any trauma that results in harm to an infant during the labor and delivery process. Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects, although the terms are sometimes (incorrectly) used interchangeably.
A birth defect is a health condition or congenital disability that is caused prior to birth. In many cases, birth defects cannot be prevented. They may result from genetics, infection during pregnancy or exposure to specific agents that cause a structural change during fetal development.
Unlike birth defects, many birth injuries are preventable. Birth trauma can be caused by several factors, including medical errors that occur before, during, or immediately after a child’s birth.
Birth Injuries Resulting from Negligence or Medical Malpractice
When your child suffers harm because of a medical practitioner’s negligence or medical mistake, you deserve compensation. Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff who cause birth injuries must be held accountable to ensure that families are able to provide adequate care for their injured children. A birth injury lawsuit also helps to protect future children from potential birth trauma.
The leading forms of birth injuries in the United States are:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Prenatal asphyxia
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- Facial and skull fractures
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Swelling of the scalp (caput succedaneum)
- Bleeding in and around the brain
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
If your child has experienced any of these injuries or has a diagnosis related to trauma during labor or delivery, contact our office for a free case consultation. Our Houston birth injury lawyers can discuss your rights and your potential for recovery.
Oxygen Deprivation at Birth
While cerebral palsy can have many causes, oxygen deprivation at birth is one of the leading reasons resulting in liability. Oxygen deprivation at birth can be caused by a prolonged, difficult labor.
Physicians that fail to recognize fetal distress caused by an umbilical cord being wrapped around the child, breech presentation, or a large fetus may be responsible for any injuries that occur as a result.
According to the CDC, cerebral palsy (CP) is the “most common motor disability in childhood. CP affects a child’s movement and, in severe cases, may leave them unable to walk.
CP can also cause intellectual disabilities, seizures and affect a child’s hearing, vision, and speech. If a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, they may require years of physical and occupational therapy.
A claim for damages may help to provide compensation for these and other costs related to your child’s injuries.
Delivery Decisions That Cause Life-Altering Injuries
When a doctor fails to give adequate care, they may be liable for damages. For instance, the use of outdated delivery techniques such as the improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction can do irreparable nerve damage to an infant.
The use of extraordinary force to deliver a child can damage the brachial plexus, resulting in Erb’s palsy.
Forced delivery can also cause facial or skull fractures, swelling of the scalp, or bleeding the brain. All of these can be catastrophic to a vulnerable infant. Our Houston birth injury lawyers are well-versed in handling all forms of birth injuries and medical negligence related to labor and delivery. Contact our office now to get started.
Call Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs today at (713) 999-3681 to discuss your legal options.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Birth Injury?
Birth trauma resulting in injury is generally a form of medical malpractice. In a claim for medical mistake, error, or negligence, you must show that the provider owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care, resulting in injury to your child.
A claim for damages based off of a birth injury can involve complex litigation against one or more defendants. It is vital to name all potentially liable parties in your lawsuit and to bring a claim as soon as possible in order to get the most extensive recovery possible.
A number of medical professionals may be held responsible for injuries to your child during labor or delivery, including:
- A treating physician or doctor
- Prenatal care provider
- The hospital or medical offices where you delivered
Dedicated, Personalized Advocacy for Birth Injury Victims
When an infant is harmed by a medical professional’s negligence or wrongdoing, there can be life-threatening consequences. The harm caused by a preventable birth injury can be catastrophic and irreversible.
We have been providing aggressive, compassionate representation for birth injury victims and their families for nearly 40 years and will fight to get you the maximum compensation in your case.
Why Hire An Attorney?
If your child experienced a traumatic birth, their injuries could last a lifetime. Depending on the type of birth injury, they may require at-home care, years of therapy and rehabilitation, operations or surgeries, and specialized equipment. The lifetime out-of-pocket care expenses are astounding for a child with a severe birth injury.
You should never have to pay for someone else’s mistake that caused harm to your child. Our Houston birth injury lawyers will fight to get you the largest recovery available in your case. We will not hesitate to go after an insurance company that is unwilling to give you full and fair compensation for your child’s injuries, including payment for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, medical bills, and the cost of future medical care.
Fighting for Birth Injury Victims in Houston
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we have spent our legal careers giving a voice to injury victims. We believe in being a champion for those that have suffered the worst kind of harm because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Preventable birth injuries should never happen. Let us go after the professionals responsible for your child’s injuries.
We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients in verdicts and settlements and draw on 100 years of combined experience to get the largest recoveries possible.
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