Birth Injuries and Medical MalpracticeBy The Law Offices of Bruce Fagel
Sep. 7, 2011 2:27p
Becoming a new parent or having a new member of the family come into the world can be an exhilarating experience. Seeing the miracle of birth and the long awaited arrival of a new baby is an event that finds a special place in peoples' hearts for the rest of their lives. On the other hand, if things go wrong during a birth, and injury or death occurs as a result of medical malpractice, the special day turns to tragedy and a lifetime of difficulty can ensue. Mistakes or negligence on the part of a medical practitioner can destroy a life or create a situation of lifelong disability for the injured child. In cases like this, a medical malpractice claim can be filed to help the family pay for medical costs and other expenses that will inevitably result.
Types of Birth Injuries
There are two main types of birth injuries that occur during birth, the first being injury from a lack of oxygen to the brain (also known as hypoxia or asphyxia) and the second is injury from trauma. Either of these can cause lifelong disability. Some of the problems which can occur during birth include:
- Mistakes made with the use of forceps in delivery causing brain damage
- Miscalculations of the baby's size resulting in errors and injury
- Compression of the umbilical cord during labor or delivery
- Prolapse of the umbilical cord during delivery
- Rupture of the uterus;
- Separation of the placenta prior to delivery
- Doctor delaying performance of a C-section when necessary
These are by no means all of the complications that can occur during birth but are some of the more common ones. If they are not handled correctly, they can condemn a family to tragedy for the rest of their lives.
Birth Injury Attorney Available in California
If you or a loved one has a child who has been the victim of a birth injury due to possible medical malpractice, you should contact a California medical malpractice lawyer as quickly as possible. Don't wait as valuable evidence can get misplaced or lost that could help support your case. At Bruce G. Fagel & Associates, we can help you determine if you have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Dr. Fagel is a physician and attorney specializing in medical malpractice cases. Our firm has won billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients over the years and these results set us apart from other personal injury law firms. We have received the prestigious Martindale-Hubble AV rating (the highest attorney peer rating denoting high ethical standards and legal ability) and our distinctive reputation is a direct result of the success we have with winning cases.
For exceptional legal representation involving birth injury and medical malpractice, contact a California birth injury attorney in our office to set up a consultation today.
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