Dallas Birth Injury Lawyers
We Represent Clients in Birth Injury Cases
Bringing a child into the world is an incredible experience. It is not an easy task, and there are many ups and downs related to pregnancy, labor and delivery, and parenthood as a whole. Unfortunately, what should be one of the happiest times of your life can quickly become a nightmare if you or your child are injured during labor or delivery.
Birth injuries occur far too often in American hospitals. Sometimes honest mistakes are made, or unavoidable complications arise. However, the truth is that most birth injuries are the result of healthcare provider negligence. At Brown, Christie & Green, our Dallas birth injury lawyers represent clients who have been injured during labor and delivery, or shortly thereafter. We have helped many clients whose birth injury case involves a negligent healthcare provider.
Negligent healthcare providers need to be held accountable.
One of the most troubling aspects of birth injuries is the fact that the victims are our most vulnerable family members. During labor and delivery, babies are extremely vulnerable and their bodies and immune systems have not fully developed. When birth injuries occur, the results are often devastating. Some of the most common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, brain damage, Erb’s palsy, and broken bones.
Birth injuries often have a long-term impact on the victim and his or her loved ones. The physical, emotional, and financial cost can be life changing. At Brown, Christie & Green, our goal is to help birth injury victims get the compensation and justice they deserve.
- Brain injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Acquired infections
- Broken bones
- Oxygen deprivation
Families affected by medical malpractice and birth injuries deserve justice.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy as a Birth Injury
It is important to understand that children who suffer a birth injury are considered at a higher risk of developing conditions like cerebral palsy. In this context, a birth injury itself could be considered a symptom worth evaluating by healthcare providers. The types of birth injuries commonly linked to cerebral palsy include:
- Hypoxia: Occurs when mother or baby are injured due to oxygen deprivation.
- Brachial Plexus Injury: Occurs when the nerves along the spine are injured during birth.
- Shoulder Dystocia: Occurs when the infant becomes stuck in the birth canal after the head is delivered, requiring forceful delivery.
- Instrument Injuries: Injuries that occur due to forceps, vacuum, or other instruments used inappropriately or in excess.
What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
Depending on the cause and severity, the symptoms of cerebral palsy may vary. The most common symptoms include stiffness, tightness, or spastic movement of the arms or legs. In more severe cases, the child may have limited mobility in crawling or reaching, or may have difficulty lifting his or her head without support.
How Do You Diagnose Cerebral Palsy?
In the majority of cases, a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is made within the first two years of the child’s life. More severe cases, however, such as those linked to a birth injury, may be made just weeks following birth.
Diagnosing cerebral palsy generally consists of a combination of tests and evaluations, which may vary somewhat depending on the child’s age and overall health condition. Some of the common steps in the diagnosis process include:
- Review of prenatal, maternal, and paternal health records
- Review of labor and delivery medical records including APGAR score and newborn evaluations
- Evaluating the child based on developmental milestone and growth standards
- Testing reflexes, muscle tone, posture, and coordination
- Evaluate the child’s ability to focus and understand caregivers
- Completion of tests including MRI, CT scan, EEG, or cranial ultrasound
- Completion of laboratory tests including blood, urinalysis, or genetic testing