Our St. Louis birth injury lawyers are here to help if your baby is a victim of medical malpractice. A birth injury to a child due to a negligent doctor, nurse or other healthcare worker is a traumatic experience. We understand you and your child are suffering. You deserve answers from the best birth injury lawyers in St. Louis. We are here to get them for you.
A child’s birth injury can happen during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or even after birth. Not all injuries are the result of a provider breaching the standard of care. However, some are. It is a birth injury lawyer’s job to investigate your particular case and determine if the provider met the required standard of care. If our St. Louis birth injury lawyers determine the standard of care was breached and a medical error resulted in a birth injury, then we can file a medical malpractice lawsuit for your child.
Most often birth injuries happen while the mother is in labor. During labor, it is extremely important that doctors constantly monitor the mother and the baby to make sure both are well. This includes monitoring heart rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, dilation as well as a number of other factors.
Sometimes, natural childbirth is not possible and a quick decision must be made to deliver the baby by cesarean section. This is a procedure where the baby is delivered by surgical intervention instead of through the birth canal. Many birth injuries occur when the decision to deliver the baby through cesarean section is not made in time. In these cases, the baby’s oxygen supply can be cut off, causing hypoxic brain damage or death. In some cases, the baby can be too large to pass through the birth canal and may get stuck.
Many childbirth personal injury cases have been filed by our St. Louis birth injury attorneys for cerebral palsy. “Cerebral” refers to the brain and “palsy” refers to movement. This condition is the result of damage to the motor centers of the brain. Later in life, the development of the bones is severely stunted. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy.
There are four classifications of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is further classified into the location of the dysfunction:
All forms of cerebral palsy can leave a parent wanting answers. Though some cases may have developed naturally, medical negligence can also cause the condition. If you believe you have a claim, contact our St. Louis birth injury lawyers to learn your option.
Brachial plexus injuries, commonly called “Erb’s palsy”, occur when there is damage to the nerves that control movement to the arms. Like cerebral palsy, approximately .2% of all births result in brachial plexus injuries. These injuries are common when difficult deliveries result in undue pressure of the neck area of the child. This pressure can be a result of a medical professional pulling too hard on the baby’s neck during delivery. When the neck is stretched, nerves can be damaged or torn, causing the arm those nerves control to become non-functional.
There are four major types of brachial plexus injuries: avulsion, rupture, neuroma and stretch. The kind of injury your baby is diagnosed with will determine the severity of the condition in terms of permanent injury and treatment options. To diagnose cerebral and Erb’s palsy, doctors will take x-rays and maybe even an MRI to see if the nerves have been affected. Sometimes, surgery is necessary to correct this problem.
The state of Missouri has a two year statute of limitations for medical malpractice. If your baby survived and has injuries, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the child turns 18. That means, children and/or their parents ordinarily have until their 20th birthday to file a birth injury lawsuit.
First, we will meet with you and find out what happened from your perspective. Second, we will request all medical records. We will review them in-house to determine if something appears to have gone wrong. If it passes that test, your St. Louis birth injury lawyer will then hire an expert to review the records. After that happens, we can determine if you have a birth injury case.
After we have all the information, we will devise a plan and ensure your expectations are met.
Our St. Louis birth injury lawyers are experienced and determined to help your family. Here are a few other reasons you should consider hiring our law firm:
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