Birth Injury Lawyers in Brownsville

Legal Help for Families Impacted by Birth Injuries Caused by Negligence

Medical malpractice laws exist to protect your family when the unthinkable happens. If your child suffered a birth injury and you suspect it was preventable, call our birth injury lawyers in Brownsville.

Birth injuries can affect your child’s future, and essentially every aspect of your family’s life. Working with a birth injury lawyer is one way that you can rebuild a sense of normalcy after a traumatic experience.

When a preventable injury alters the course of your child’s life, he or she has rights, and as a parent, you do too.

What are Birth Injuries?

Birth injuries are injuries that occur during the process of labor and delivery. Often, these injuries are caused by negligence on the part of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other healthcare staff. When your healthcare team fails to meet the standards of care, our birth injury lawyers in Brownsville can make legal claims for injuries that could have been prevented, such as:

  • Brain damage
  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brachial palsy injuries (Erb’s palsy)
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts or laceration
  • Wrongful death

What can Birth Injury Lawyers in Brownsville do to Help Me and My Baby?

If you or your newborn suffered a traumatic injury during labor or delivery, and you feel the injuries could have been prevented, a birth injury lawyer can review your medical history and help determine if anything that took place constitutes medical malpractice or negligence. If our birth injury lawyers believe you have an actionable claim, we will help you to gather all pertinent records and documentation to prove negligence before approaching the at-fault party.

If your birth injury lawyer is unable to come to an out-of-court settlement, they may prepare your case for trial and plead your case before a judge and jury. Whether the case settles or proceeds to trial, you can be sure our birth injury lawyers in Brownsville will work diligently to obtain the compensation your family deserves.

When Should I Contact a Lawyer if I Suspect Medical Negligence?

Call the experienced birth injury lawyers at Brown, Christie & Green as soon as your situation permits. Life with a newborn is hectic under the best of circumstances, but when your baby is faced with debilitating delays or injuries, those first few months will seem like a blur. Obviously, your first concern is the well-being of your baby.

Nonetheless, there is limited time to file a medical malpractice or birth injury claim. If you wait too long after your baby’s birth you may lose your chance to ever make a claim. As soon as it makes sense with your family responsibilities, contact our birth injury lawyers in Brownsville and get your family’s future back on track. Fill out our online form to request a free consultation.

Examples of Negligence that Leads to Birth Injuries
  • Failure to properly monitor the fetus during labor
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress
  • Failure to anticipate and respond appropriately to bleeding
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor
  • Improper administration of Pitocin
  • Failure to perform a needed C-section

In your family’s time of need, Brown, Christie & Green will advocate for your legal rights.

Case Highlights Dangers of Surgical Errors During Pregnancy

A woman and her unborn baby died after a doctor mistakenly removed an ovary instead of her appendix in a tragic medical malpractice case.

Maria De Jesus was just 32-years old when she was admitted for appendix removal surgery at Queen’s Hospital in the town of Romford in Essex, just east of London. De Jesus was heavily pregnant, so surgeons had to ‘feel’ for her appendix during the surgery. Tragically, instead of locating and removing the inflamed appendix, doctors made surgical errors and removed her right ovary, which was healthy.

De Jesus went to Queen’s hospital in October 2011 at 21-weeks pregnant with severe pain in her abdomen. She was diagnosed with appendicitis two days later. During her hospitalization and appendectomy, De Jesus was under the care of two inexperienced trainee doctors who each had only 3 weeks of hospital experience. Their names are Dr. Yahya Al-Abed and Dr. Christopher Liao.

Together with Dr. Babatunde Coker, Liao decided that her appendix needed to be removed. Al-Abed, who was conducting emergency operations at the time, added De Jesus to his list of patients. When the operation took place, there were a number of staff on hand, including another young doctor who wanted some experience, Osman Chaudhry. Chaudhry was allowed to make the first incision on De Jesus and Al-Abed took over when she began to bleed heavily.

De Jesus was discharged from the hospital 10 days after the surgery but returned with ongoing serious and crippling pain. Medical records showed that her right ovary had been removed and not her appendix. While admitted for the second time, De Jesus gave birth to a stillborn son. She then consented to the second operation to have her appendix by Dr Liao, but it was too late. She died on the operating table that same afternoon from multiple organ failure brought on by septicemia

Since the incident, Al-Abed has admitted that he made a number of mistakes during the procedure. Coker was also accused of negligence by not attending the operation to supervise or carry out the surgery himself.

Take Action against Medical Malpractice

At Brown, Christie & Green, we understand how medical malpractice and surgery error cases like the one outlined above can cause serious trauma for your family. When a medical professional is found to be negligent while performing surgery – or, for that matter, at any other time – it is only right to bring them to justice.

Taking action after medical malpractice is important so that negligent healthcare providers understand what they have done and realize that it is not acceptable. Further, medical malpractice claims can provide your family with compensation for your injuries, losses, and related expenses. To find out more about your medical malpractice case, fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

What is a birth injury?

A birth injury is damage to a child that is typically caused during the birthing process and may have resulted from negligence. In many instances, birth injuries can be completely preventable.

What are common causes of birth injuries?

  1. Improper use of birth-assisting devices or tools, such as a vacuum or forceps.
  2. Pulling and/or twisting the infant improperly during the birthing process. This may lead to a broken bone or possibly even a Brachial Plexus injury.
  3. Failure to properly monitor the infant or the mother during the labor and delivery process, including failure to regularly monitor fetal heart rate.
  4. Administering the wrong amount or type of medication during pregnancy or labor and delivery.
  5. Failure to schedule and perform an emergency C-section
  6. Acceleration and stimulation during the birthing process

What kinds of situations lead to a birth injury lawsuit?

If a physician or other medical professional fails to adequately assess or respond to conditions during pregnancy or the labor and delivery process that lead to complications, they may be liable for medical negligence.