Birth Injury Lawyers in Harlingen
Legal Guidance Families can Count On after a Birth Injury
Despite modern medicine and advances in technology, childbirth is still a dangerous process for both mother and baby. Sometimes, there are complications that make labor and delivery particularly risky. Other times, healthcare professionals will insist on unnecessary interventions to speed along the process of birth.
The safest way for a woman to give birth to a thriving newborn is to let the mother’s body do what nature intended, but that’s not always possible.
Necessary medical interventions absolutely exist. Many women and babies are alive and whole today because of hospitals and their highly-trained staff.
Regardless, medical procedures during labor or delivery can go wrong or be administered improperly. Many birth injuries that occur could have been prevented. If your baby has suffered trauma during birth, call Brown, Christie & Green to speak to our birth injury lawyers in Harlingen.
How do I know if My Baby’s Birth Injury Was Preventable?
Without detailed and comprehensive knowledge of what exactly took place during labor and delivery, it is difficult to say for sure whether a birth injury was preventable. That is why our birth injury lawyers in Harlingen offer consultations to parents at no cost. We can help you review the details surrounding your child’s birth and offer guidance based on the law, and your legal rights.
Some of the most common conditions that indicate a preventable birth injury are:
- Cerebral palsy
- Skull injuries
- Broken bones
- Erb’s palsy
- Cephalohematoma (neonatal head bruising)
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
What Expenses Can a Birth Injury Lawyer Recover for My Family?
Depending on the nature and severity of your child’s birth injury, your birth injury lawyer may seek to recover expenses to reimburse your family for:
- Medical expenses – both actual incurred expenses and anticipated future expenses
- Medication, medical equipment, or devices
- Physical therapy or other costs of recovery
- Psychological counseling for your grief and trauma
- The family’s lost income – both actual income lost and potential estimated future income to be lost
- Special education or aides
- Pain and suffering
- In the case of wrongful death, funeral and burial expenses
If your family has endured financial hardship related to a birth injury, contact our birth injury lawyers in Harlingen as soon as you can. Our skilled attorneys have the experience and the drive to recover the compensation your family needs.
- The baby is especially large
- The baby is in the breech position
- Labor or delivery are very long
- The baby is not properly monitored during labor or delivery
- A c-section is ordered too late, or not at all
No expectant parents are truly prepared for the devastating toll a birth injury can take. If your family is suffering because of a preventable birth injury, Brown, Christie & Green can help.
Traumatic Birth Injury Case Highlights Failure to Monitor
Lily Ciechoski, who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, was awarded $32.8 million when a jury ruled against the two nurses, Christine Winter and Lana Jones-Sandy, who attended the mother when she was in labor at Phoenixville Hospital. They decided that the two nurses were negligent when they failed to properly monitor the baby’s heart rate or inform the mother of the drastic change in heart rate for 13 minutes during labor. This delay caused terrible brain damage that led to the condition that Lily will have to live with for the rest of her life.
Now the Phoenixville Hospital will be held responsible for the huge payout as the two nurses were employed by them.
According to the information presented during the traumatic birth injury trial, the baby’s heart rate dropped from a normal 150 beats per minute to 60 beats per minute as oxygen to the baby’s brain was blocked by a kink in the umbilical cord. When a doctor came into the room and noticed this change, the supervisor and anesthesiologist were sent for so that the doctor could perform an emergency c-section. The whole process however took so long that in this time Lily suffered from the lack of oxygen which caused her brain damage.
Lily does not speak a lot and has trouble walking and controlling her neck, as well as spasms in her arms and legs. She struggles day to day. But now this money will help her family with her care and make her life more comfortable.
If medical staff are negligent in any way, missing even the smallest of details, then big problems can occur during labor. Such as we have seen here, by simply not noting that there were any problems, a family’s life changed forever.
Traumatic Birth Injury Lawyers
If your family has suffered the effects of a birth injury, then you need the team at Brown, Christie & Green to help you get the compensation you deserve. Nationally recognized as some of the best in their field, the team at Brown, Christie & Green are able to handle a variety of birth injury practice areas.