Approximately 7 out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States are injured during labor and delivery. Sadly, some of these birth injuries occur because of negligence by a doctor, nurse, or midwife.
About Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can result from unnecessarily prolonged labor, a “breech” (legs first) delivery, premature birth, extraction efforts (i.e., the use of forceps), or the small size or irregular shape of the mother’s pelvis. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Bleeding in the brain
- Injury to the brain cells from lack of oxygen
- Brain swelling
- Facial nerve damage
- Skull fracture
Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Approximately 8,000 infants born in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year.
Erb’s palsy (also known as Brachial Plexus and Shoulder Dystocia) is a condition that results from nerve injury to the upper plexus involving the nerves that control muscles in the shoulder, arms, or hand. The injury can result in a loss of movement and feeling in the arm, hand and fingers. This injury often occurs during childbirth if the baby’s shoulders become stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone, and the appropriate delivery techniques are not used.
How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
Not every birth injury occurs because of the negligence of a medical provider. But if there was negligence that caused or contributed to your child’s injury, you and your child may be entitled to money damages. While money cannot replace what you and your child have lost, it can help you manage going forward.
The first step to finding out if you have a viable claim is to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. If you are concerned that medical negligence may have caused or contributed to your child’s birth injury, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. today. We are ready to help.
Why Choose Bode & Collins, P.L.C.?
At Bode & Collins, P.L.C. we treat our clients the way we would want to be treated and tailor our service to the individual legal and personal needs of our clients.
When you retain Bode & Collins, P.L.C. to fight for your rights, you get Chris Bode and Natalie Collins working on your case, not a junior lawyer. Combined our attorneys have more than forty years of litigation experience and have recovered millions of dollars for their clients during that time.
Bode & Collins, P.L.C. serves clients all over the state of Arizona, including Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale, Cave Creek, Prescott, Flagstaff, Bullhead City, Kingman, and Tucson. Although our offices are in Scottsdale, we litigate in all counties including Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai County.
If your child suffered a birth injury, call us today at 480.355.5020. There is no charge for an initial consultation and if we take your case we will front all costs and work on a contingency fee, meaning that you won’t owe any attorneys’ fees unless and until there is a settlement or verdict in your favor.