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S erious birth injuries can cause endless emotional and physical suffering for children and their parents, as well as put an extreme financial burden on the family.  Although some types of birth injuries are unavoidable, and some are minor and can heal within a few days or weeks, other types of birth injuries can result in serious medical conditions that require lifelong treatment or accommodations.

If Your Child Suffered a Birth Injury, Here’s Why You Need a Lawyer

Infant Brain Injury LawyerBirth injury cases are tremendously complicated because they are fought very vigorously by the defense, but they also require a multitude of medical disciplines from neonatology to pediatric neurology, to neuroradiology, so there are almost a dozen experts you’ll need in a birth injury case — all of whom medical malpractice attorney, Thomas Donahue, has extensive experience in handling.

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At Donahue & Horrow, we understand that this is a very emotional, oftentimes tragic situation, for the clients and their families and so we believe it’s important not just to get the best results, but also to work through the case with our clients to alleviate the pressure and stress and anxiety of not just a tragedy, but the lawsuit and hold their hands all the way through the process of the lawsuit.

Unfortunately, many victims of medical malpractice are unaware that there was negligence and only know that there was a bad outcome resulting in injury or death. While most medical malpractice cases are complex, birth injury cases can be especially difficult because effects on the child many not be apparent for weeks, months, or even until the child enters school or early education classes.  Learn how we can help

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Latina Parents with BabyBirth Injuries Are Devastating to Parents and Their Babies

Serious birth injuries can cause endless emotional and physical suffering for children and their parents, as well as put an extreme financial burden on the family.  Although some types of birth injuries are unavoidable, and some are minor and can heal within a few days or weeks, other types of birth can result in serious medical conditions that require lifelong treatment or accommodations.  Some birth injuries that occur from medical negligence include:

Unfortunately, many victims of medical malpractice are unaware that there was negligence and only know that there was a bad outcome resulting in injury or death. While most medical malpractice cases are complex, birth injury cases can be especially difficult because effects on the child many not be apparent for weeks, months, or even until the child enters school or early education classes.  Learn how we can help

Mother and her Newborn InfantThe Dangerous Complications of Inadequate Oxygen in Infants

Oxygen deprivation (asphyxia) during labor and delivery can be caused by many things including a twisted or prolapsed umbilical cord, placental abruption, failure to diagnose a medical condition, or simply by not identifying or responding fast enough to an emergency medical situation. Oxygen deprivation can cause damage to an infant’s organs and brain that may be obvious immediately, but some brain injuries may not become noticeable until years later.

When the supply of oxygen to the baby is impaired there are many problems that can happen ranging from organ damage to a serious brain injury resulting in:

Because some brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation (like cerebral palsy) may not be evident right away it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as you suspect your baby’s injuries may have been caused at birth due to medical negligence.  Our lawyers are experienced in birth injury cases and offer a free consultation.  Contact us today and tell us about your situation and we can help you determine if you have a case and advise you of all your legal options.

Infant Baby GirlBrain Injuries Can Require Lifelong Treatment and Care

Brain injuries are often the most serious injuries that can have a devastating impact on an infant and the parents who must care for their child for the rest of his/her life.  Sometimes, brain injuries are not obvious until a child fails to reach a milestone or enters preschool.

A few types of brain injuries that can be the result of a birth injury include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Austism
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems
  • Lifelong Seizure Disorders
  • Mental Impairment / Learning Disabilities

Because some brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation (like cerebral palsy) may not be evident right away it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as you suspect your baby’s injuries may have been caused at birth due to medical negligence.  Our lawyers are experienced in birth injury cases and offer a free consultation.  Contact us today and tell us about your situation and we can help you determine if you have a case and advise you of all your legal options.

Newborn Infant Boy in Blue BlanketTrauma in Labor/Delivery or NICU is the Leading Cause of Birth Injuries

With each contraction from the mother, a baby feels pressure and force as labor contractions work to help the baby move down the birth canal in preparation of being born.  This can be an exhausting process for the infant and the mother and both must be carefully monitored to make sure that the labor and birth process is going well. If a birth is too hard and long or delayed the infant is at risk for birth injuries.

Although most healthy babies are able to handle normal labor and delivery just fine when labor lasts more than 18 hours it is often simply too much for babies. It is important for doctors to carefully monitor the fetus’ heart rate to make sure the baby is not in any distress.

When something does go wrong during labor and medical mistakes are made, the trauma of a difficult or delayed birth can lead to significant birth injuries including:

  • Facial Paralysis (caused by pressure on the babies face during labor or birth);
  • Brachial/Erb’s Palsy (injury to the brachial plexus, the group of nerves that controls movement of the arms and hands. Often caused when the babies shoulder impairs movement through the birth canal);
  • Bone and Skull Fractures
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Other problems that can arise from a delayed birth happen when vacuum extractors or forceps are used improperly to try and speed up delivery.

Maternal Risks and Stillbirth

Fetal Heart Rate MonitoringStillbirth, sometimes also called “fetal death” or “fetal demise” can happen for a number of reasons.  Some losses are preventable, but others are not.  For example, women who have high-risk pregnancies may require different care than other women.  Your ob/gyn should identify these risk factors as early in the pregnancy as possible to reduce those risks.  Risk factors include:

  • Women who are overweight
  • Women 40 years of age and older
  • Women with AB blood type
  • Women carrying multiples
  • Women with a history of stillbirth
  • Women with any preexisting medical disorders as well as those who develop gestational diabetes or other health issues during the course of their pregnancy
  • A woman’s lifestyle if she smokes, drinks, or has a drug problem.

Studies show that in that majority of stillbirths the cause of death can be determined, but most parents, reeling from their unexpected loss do not pursue an autopsy, or accept the reassurances of a hospital and doctor that their loss was “just one of those things.”  Medical malpractice cases are complicated, especially those involving the death of a fetus so it is important that you speak to an attorney who has experience in dealing with birth injuries.  Learn More

Our lawyers have been successfully representing plaintiffs throughout California for more than 40 years, including cases involving birth injuries, catastrophic personal injuries, and wrongful deaths caused by the negligence of a doctor or hospital.

 

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Los Angeles Birth Injury SuperLawyer Thomas DonahueThe partners of Donahue & Horrow, L.L.P. — Thomas E. Donahue and Michael B. Horrow — have more than 40 years’ experience fighting hard for victims of medical malpractice, personal injuries, and wrongful death claims.  From the most straightforward cases to complex litigation arising out of denied insurance claims and negligent medical care, our experience and aggressive approach has allowed us to build an impressive record of success. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for people in the Los Angeles area and throughout California.

SuperLawyer Michael HorrowSome birth injuries that occur from medical negligence include:

 

Donahue Horrow has a 5-Star Rating on YelpIf your baby suffered harm as the result of medical malpractice or negligence, you have the right to know what happened and who is responsible for your baby’s injuries.  Our lawyers won’t just get you answers — we work hard to get results for parents so they don’t have to worry about medical expenses and long-term care and can more easily focus on nurturing their child.

 

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