Houston Birth Injury Lawyers

Helping Birth Injury Victims get the Compensation They Deserve

As you prepare to bring your child into the world, the last thing on your mind is the possibility that he or she could be injured by the actions of your healthcare team. Unfortunately, birth injuries occur at an alarming rate, and are often due to the improper actions of healthcare providers. Some estimates suggest that as many as 28,000 infants are harmed by birth injuries each year in the United States.

At Brown, Christie & Green, our Houston birth injury lawyers have helped numerous families dealing with the aftermath of a birth injury. We have helped clients with cases involving all sorts of birth injuries, including those involving brain damage, oxygen deprivation, and cerebral palsy. If you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury, contact us today to get the help you deserve.

Birth injuries are one of the most devastating types of medical malpractice.

Birth injuries may occur during labor, during delivery, or early in the postpartum period. Sometimes it is easy to recognize a birth injury, such as when a physical injury occurs. In other cases, the signs of a birth injury may not be apparent until you notice your child not meeting certain developmental milestones.

In either of these situations, if your child was injured due to the actions, or inaction, of a healthcare provider, it is important to contact a birth injury lawyer. Learn more about your legal rights, and what options you may have to pursue compensation by contacting the Houston birth injury lawyers at Brown, Christie & Green.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries
  • Delayed birth or delayed c-section
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Failure to diagnose complications
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuums
  • Improper medication administration
  • Forceful delivery

Your family does not have to sort through a birth injury case alone. We are here to help.

Birth Injury Case Story: Texas Couple Campaigned to Discontinue Forceps in Delivery

The birth of baby Olivia Marie Coats was meant to be a happy occasion.

Due on Christmas Day 2013, she was meant to bring joy to her parents – 25-year old Allen Coats and 24-year old Rachel Melancon. But that was not to be. Just five days after her birth, Olivia was pronounced dead after spending her short existence on a life support machine. After her death, Olivia’s parents alleged that negligence at birth and intrusive use of forceps by Dr. George T. Backardjiev caused her death. They announced their plans to sue the doctor early in January 2014.

Melancon was admitted to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas when she went into labor on December 28th. Prior to her going into the hospital, Melancon had requested a c-section as the couple were anticipating that the baby would be too big for Melancon’s small 4 foot 11 inch frame to deliver naturally. Giving no concrete reason apart from the threat of scarring, Dr. Backardjiev refused. When delivery became complicated, he tried to turn the baby with his hands. This strategy did not work, but still the doctor refused to order a c-section. Instead, he used forceps in an effort to move the baby into the correct position.

During this time, Olivia’s parents recall that the doctor moved the forceps several times trying to get the baby repositioned. At one point, the family heard a “pop”, which was described as similar to the sound of clay pottery breaking. Eventually, the baby was finally delivered by c-section. Melancon suffered 18 hours of labor, during which time she had a fever reaching 103 and the baby’s heart rate had increased rapidly. Baby Olivia weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces but she was silent and not breathing. She was immediately transferred to Houston’s Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital where she stayed for five days. She was on life support for the final three hours of her life. Doctors at Memorial Hermann told the family that Olivia had suffered numerous skull fractures.

In the months following Olivia’s death, her parents began campaigning for the discontinuation of forceps during birth. They believe that it was the doctor’s improper use of forceps that caused their daughter’s injuries and, ultimately, her death.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common types of birth injuries?

Common types of birth injuries include:

Cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy, skull injuries, nerve damage, internal organ damage, cephalohematoma, Caput Succedaneum, brain bleed or hemorrhaging, spinal cord injuries, facial paralysis, and more.

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.

What is medical malpractice or negligence?

Medical malpractice or medical negligence is the failure of a healthcare provider or facility to meet a certain standard of care as determined by the medical community. Medical negligence can take place in hospitals, doctors’ offices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, pharmacies, or other healthcare facilities. Medical facilities and providers are expected to provide a certain standard of care in relation to procedures, techniques, treatment, and principles. If they breach this standard then they may be negligent.

What should I do if I believe that a family member or I have been a victim of medical malpractice?

You should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately as there are certain time limitations that may bar you from pursuing a claim if you wait too long.