Austin Birth Injury Lawyer in Texas
Birth injuries have the potential to affect a mother and her baby for a lifetime. When a child is seriously harmed during the delivery process, parents are entitled to know the precise details and circumstances which caused their newborn’s injury. Unfortunately, doctors and hospital staff do not always provide satisfactory explanations when concerned parents request more information.
Obstetric malpractice may refer to labor and delivery errors such as negligent fetal heart monitoring, mismanagement of Group B strep, fetal distress, and oxygen deprivation. Birth injuries caused by obstetric malpractice include respiratory distress, perinatal asphyxia, perinatal hypoxia, anoxic brain injury, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, birth-related seizure disorder, fetal brachycardia, fetal acidosis, brachial plexus, cord compression, and forceps injuries.
Austin Cerebral Palsy Litigation Attorney in Texas
The psychological, emotional, and financial costs for a lifetime of special needs and medical care can be devastating. If your child’s injuries were caused by the negligence of health care professionals, we can help you recover damages to sustain your financial security and stability.
Cerebral Palsy refers to an array of congenital disorders seen in children. Cerebral palsy is associated with a variety of affects, the most common of which involve impaired muscle coordination and motor skills. Symptoms may include seizures, involuntary movement, hearing disabilities, speech impediments, and difficulty concentrating.
Cerebral palsy disorder can be caused by a multitude of factors, including medical errors during or right after a baby’s delivery. A paper published by both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics explains that, before cerebral palsy can be attributed to a medical error during the labor and delivery process, four criteria must be met. The criteria incorporate lab values, clinical photos, MRI results, and the specific type of cerebral palsy which the child has developed. Once all four criteria are present, it is then necessary to pinpoint a precise event during labor and delivery which caused the cerebral palsy, and, finally, identify care providers who may have deviated from the standard of care and could be held accountable for damages.
Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer Today
There are important deadlines in all medical malpractice cases and you should contact an attorney as soon as you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical errors during the labor and delivery process. We have the resources to analyze medical records, interview witnesses and investigate whether mistakes were made in the delivery of your baby.
When medical errors made during the labor and delivery process inflict permanent injury upon an infant, the Houston birth injury attorneys at Shaw Cowart LLP understand the emotional hardships a family must face to support a lifetime of special needs and manage the accompanying medical expenses. While the harm your child has suffered cannot be undone, our Austin cerebral palsy lawyers will help you obtain the financial compensation to improve the quality of life for your child and your family.
If your child suffered from birth injuries or cerebral palsy due to medical negligence, call us today at 512-499-8900 or fill out our free online contact form.