Birth Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles
About Birth Injuries
A birth injury is generally defined as trauma or injury sustained to a baby directly before, during or after childbirth. Although at times injury will be unavoidable due to a complicated pregnancy or delivery, some birth injuries are caused or worsened due to medical malpractice. In these situations, the parents may be able to take legal action against the responsible doctor or other medical professional for their negligent or wrongful conduct.
A birth injury may have lasting consequences. For example, a delayed cesarean section may result in a lack of oxygen to the baby's brain, and this may cause lasting brain damage or may lead to cerebral palsy, a medical condition for which there is currently no cure. Birth injuries of this magnitude may affect the baby for life or may even lead to
death in some cases. Some other types of birth injuries include:
brachial plexus injury,
paralysis, broken bones, lacerations, and bruising.
This site contains basic information about birth injuries and our key areas of practice in this field. This can help you get a better understanding of these matters. In addition to reviewing the content on this site, we welcome you to call our offices to talk to an attorney about your case. You can learn more about:
Oxygen deficiency is a primary area of concern during childbirth. If the flow of oxygen is interrupted for a long enough period of time, a baby may suffer from brain damage or worse. Thought there is some level of risk involved in any delivery, in the presence of negligence or malpractice the odds of injury are greatly increased. Click here to read more about oxygen deficiency.
Cerebral palsy is a type of birth injury that is caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Currently, there is no known cure for cerebral palsy, making it an issue of particular concern in the field of birth injury claims. Premature delivery, oxygen deficiency, or negligent postnatal care may lead to this serious condition. Click here to read more about cerebral palsy.
Labor & Delivery Negligence
Obstetricians, nurses and all medical professionals are obligated to provide a standard level of treatment and care during labor and delivery. If any of these professionals is negligent and therefore provides substandard care, this may cause a birth injury to occur. At our firm, we believe in holding these parties accountable for their conduct and may be able to help you seek justice. Click here to read more about labor and delivery negligence.
You will also find a great deal of information regarding other subjects related to birth injuries.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries may have different causes. At times, a complication will develop during pregnancy due to a genetic disorder, as a result of infection or illness, or due to alcohol, tobacco or drug abuse. The improper dating of a pregnancy may also lead to birth injuries, if a baby is born prematurely or too late. Complications may also arise during childbirth, such as shoulder dystocia or abnormal birth presentation.
OB/GYN errors or
obstetrical mistakes or negligence may also lead to birth injuries. When complications do arise in a pregnancy or during childbirth, it is up to the attending physician to think quickly and provide high-quality medical care based on currently accepted standards. A single mistake or failure to act may result in a delayed c-section or other situation that results in lasting injury to both mother and child. This is where birth injury lawsuits arise.
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