San Bernardino County Birth Injury Lawyer
San Bernardino County Birth Injury Attorney
A tragic birth injury can result in overwhelming emotional, physical and financial burdens for victims and their families. In addition, extensive medical costs and lifetime convalescent care are likely to rise above the means of the average family. The devastation is even more heartbreaking when your child has needlessly suffered or continues to suffer due to negligent or irresponsible behavior by an obstetrician or other medical professional.
If you or a loved one received medical attention that was below the legal and accepted standard of care, our experienced team may be able to get you the financial compensation you need and deserve. By contacting our lawyers immediately, we can help you determine the strength of your case. We will obtain and review the medical records to determine the cause of your baby’s injury. If negligence was the cause, our dynamic legal team will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
Birth Injury Lawsuits & Medical Negligence
When a newborn suffers a preventable birth injury, the child’s parents may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or medical professional(s) who delivered the baby. To have a valid claim, negligence must be proven to have led directly to the birth injury.
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional’s performance falls below the standard of care expected in the medical community. Our birth injury attorneys have years of experience in handling these types of cases and can determine whether your child was injured due to medical malpractice.
Birth injuries that are caused by medical negligence may be caused by:
- Improper Use of Forceps: When a mother is having difficulty delivering her baby or if the baby is incorrectly positioned in the birth canal, the attending physician may need to use forceps to help the child along.
- Improper Use or Attachment of Vacuum: With other difficult deliveries, a vacuum may be needed to assist with the birth. Vacuums can be latched onto a baby’s shoulder or skull and guide the child through the birth canal. Doctors and nurses are responsible for properly placing the vacuum on the infant. When the vacuum is improperly used, severe injuries to both the mother and newborn can result.
- Delay in Ordering a Caesarian Section: Emergency C-sections are ordered if fetal distress is detected or even suspected. This often occurs when the child’s heart rate slows as a result of a sudden drop in the mother’s blood pressure, bleeding from placental abruption or other problems in delivery.
- Hypoxia: Hypoxia is a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level. This can be caused by a tangled umbilical cord, infection or damage to the placenta. Doctors are trained to detect hypoxia well in advance and to take steps to eliminate the chance of either the mother or child facing harm. If hypoxia is not quickly addressed, the child can develop chronic mental and physical disabilities.
How Do I Know If My Child Was Injured Due To Medical Malpractice?
Since birth injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, it is important to contact an attorney specializing in this area of law. At Duque Law, our birth injury lawyers will closely examine your medical records, diagnostic tests, electronic fetal monitor strips, use of birthing tools, labor and delivery flow sheets, and additional records on the pregnancy and delivery.
Our attorneys will also work alongside medical experts when reviewing this information to determine whether medical malpractice partially or completely caused your child’s injury. If the expert believes that the doctor failed to meet the standard of care when delivering your child, a birth injury lawsuit may be viable.
We Help You Take Action
The experienced team at Duque law has earned a reputation of success by making our clients and their cases our number one priority. With our experience, resources, and commitment to clients, we have proven that we have what it takes to hold negligent parties accountable for their critical errors and to recover full and fair compensation on behalf of victims and families. We know that this compensation is of the utmost importance to families that must provide long-term specialized care required as a result of medical negligence.
In the end, your personal injury attorney is your advocate in court. At the San Bernardino County Law Offices of Brent A. Duque, we maintain a staff of a highly professional, knowledgeable, aggressive and successful bus accident attorneys who represent injured people through our offices that stretch across Southern California. Time limitations apply to any injury claim you might have, so for purposes of investigating a possible case and possibly preserving evidence, it’s best for you to contact us immediately after an accident.
Contact our San Bernardino County Personal Injury Attorney at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.