Birth Injury Lawyers in Abilene
If Your Child was Harmed by Healthcare Negligence, We Can Help
It’s unthinkable that any newborn baby leaves the delivery room with a birth injury, but it happens. Medical malpractice laws are in place to provide a pathway to justice when the unthinkable happens. If your child suffered injury after a traumatic birth and you suspect the injury could have been prevented, our birth injury lawyers in Abilene can provide the help you need. When babies suffer a birth injury, they have rights, and parents do too.
What is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is harm or injury that happens to a mother or child during labor and delivery. Birth injury lawyers in Abilene can guide families through a legal claim for birth injuries that could have been prevented, including:
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, or bruising
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Brain damage
How do Birth Injuries Occur?
Birth injuries occur when medical professionals in charge of a mother and her child neglect the standard or care or make preventable mistakes that hurt either mother or baby. Some of the mistakes that lead to birth injuries are:
- Failing to appropriately monitor baby during labor
- Failing to respond to signs of fetal distress
- Failing to treat any hemorrhage appropriately
- Inappropriate use of delivery tools such as forceps or a vacuum extractor
- Improper use of Pitocin
- Use of excessive force during delivery
- Failure to perform a timely C-section where needed
What can Birth Injury Lawyers in Abilene do for Me?
An experienced birth injury lawyer can review your experience and treatment during labor and delivery and determine if anything that took place did not meet the standard of care that you and your child had every right to expect.
If our birth injury lawyers in Abilene believe you have an actionable claim, we will gather all your medical records that support your claim. Once the fact-finding is done, it’s time to take your story to the at-fault party and make a demand for the damages your or your child suffered at their hands.
If we are unable to reach a settlement with the liable party, our birth injury lawyers in Abilene have no qualms about taking birth injury cases to trial. Whether we settle in pre-litigation or take your case all the way through a jury trial, our attorneys will fight hard for the justice your family deserves every step of the way.
When to Contact an Attorney after a Birth Injury
Schedule a consultation with a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible after a birth injury. Our lawyers understand the trauma you have been through, and we can help carry this heavy burden with you. Time limits exist to file claims for birth injuries, and it is vitally important that you don’t miss your chance to make your claim by waiting too long.
As soon as your family life permits, contact Brown, Christie & Green’s birth injury lawyers in Abilene to discuss your birth injury story. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 1-800-600-4210, or complete our online form.
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Home accomodations
- Psychological services
- Physical or occupational therapy
A birth injury is life-changing for your entire family. Let us help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
How Often do Birth Injuries Occur?
Birth injuries are more common than most people realize. Out of every 1,000 births, about seven babies will suffer a birth injury. That means 28,000 babies born this year will suffer a birth injury, or three babies every hour.
Birth Injury Statistics
- Boys are more likely than girls to suffer a birth injury.
- Birth injuries occur more often at non-profit hospitals than at for-profit hospitals.
- Births involving a delivery tool such as forceps or a vacuum extractor see the highest rate of injuries.
- Infants whose mothers are over 40 at the time of their birth experience the fewest birth injuries.
- Rates of injury during C-sections increase with the mother’s age.
- C-sections have an overall lower rate of birth injuries than vaginal deliveries.
- Birth injuries are more common for Caucasian and Asian children than Hispanic or African American children.
- Birth injuries happen far more frequently in rural areas than in urban areas.
The Most Common Birth Injuries and Associated Conditions
- Brachial Plexus Injury – Causes Erb’s palsy and hand and arm weakness, which can range from the very mild to total paralysis. Brachial plexus injuries are also very painful.
- Broken Bones – The most commonly broken bone is the collarbone, which is of course very painful and can cause permanent deformity if it goes undiagnosed
- Head Trauma – Both Caput Succedaneum and Cephalohematoma are caused by trauma to the head during vaginal birth or by forceful or inappropriate use of birthing tools. Many babies also suffer intracranial hemorrhage from traumatic births.
- Forceps Injury – Forceps can cause cuts, bruising, skull fractures, or brain damage. In some cases, babies can suffer permanent facial paralysis, or permanent brain injuries.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – These injuries can result in lifelong pain and paralysis or numbness in one or more limbs.
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) – Usually associated with brain damage, CP causes lack of coordination, muscle weakness, paralysis, and immobility.
Birth Injury Lawyers are Here for You
If you have questions or concerns about birth injuries, or the care that you and your child have received, contact birth injury lawyers in Abilene at Brown, Christie, and Green. Call toll free at 1-800-600-4210, submit our online form to get started.