Skilled Birth Injury Attorney Representing Victims in Riverside
Having a child is supposed to be a joyous experience for mom and dad, but sometimes, this miracle can turn into a tragedy when a baby is injured at birth because of a medical professional’s negligence.
In spite of our rapidly-advancing medical technology, birth injuries are still far too frequent in the United States. Out of every one thousand babies born in our country, six suffer a birth injury; this means about 25,000 American children suffer birth-related injuries every year. While birth injuries are too common, they’re also usually preventable. If your baby suffers from a debilitating birth injury because a medical professional was negligent or irresponsible, you are entitled to compensation. If your baby was harmed by a careless or reckless medical team in southern California, call Riverside birth injury lawyer Chris Purcell today. With two decades of experience representing injury victims, Chris Purcell knows how to fight for the full compensation your child needs and the justice your family deserves.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON BIRTH INJURIES IN RIVERSIDE?
The more common permanent birth injuries include cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Erb’s palsy, and brachial plexus damage. Of course, sometimes a birth injury is fatal for the child, the mother, and in the worst cases, both. Most birth injuries are preventable, however; their causes include:
– deprivation of oxygen to the baby
– error in the use of forceps
– use of excessive force
– failure to perform a necessary cesarean section
– inadequate prenatal fetal monitoring
– failing to recognize pregnancy complications
– failing to recognize signs of distress
– failing to recognize umbilical cord complications
All birth injuries are far too common, but the most prevalent type of complication is a lack of oxygen, known as “fetal asphyxia.” The body’s cells will begin to die when they don’t receive oxygen, and the cells of a baby’s brain will die within minutes when deprived of it. If a healthcare provider does not immediately recognize the signs of a baby losing oxygen and act quickly, serious injuries can occur as a result.
WHAT IS BRACHIAL PLEXUS PALSY? A RIVERSIDE LAWYER EXPLAINS
Another common type of birth injury is brachial plexus palsy, which is more common in larger babies. It can also be caused by a medical professional putting too much pressure on the baby during delivery. This injury occurs when the baby’s neck is stretched too far during labor and as a result, the baby’s nerves send pain through the spine to the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Some children can heal from this injury within a few weeks or months, but unfortunately, other children will have to live with permanent paralysis in one or both arms for the rest of their lives.
WHEN CAN TOP LAW FIRMS HOLD HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR BIRTH INJURIES?
During pregnancy and labor, obstetricians and their teams are required to monitor a baby and be ready for any potential dangers. If there is a chance of oxygen deprivation or the baby coming out feet first, medical professionals are expected to handle the situation accordingly. When they fail to take action to prevent harm, they are negligent and become liable for potential birth injuries.
EXPERIENCED LAWYERS EXPLAIN THE DANGERS OF FAILING TO PERFORM A TIMELY C-SECTION
A C-section may be required for a number of different reasons. If complications arise during a normal labor, the doctor is supposed to immediately recognize the signs of distress and perform a C-section in a timely manner. For example, if there is a disruption of blood and oxygen flow the baby’s brain, the baby will be unable to breathe, and the longer he or she goes without oxygen, the more damaging it could be to the baby’s brain. In this situation and many others, performing a C-section protects both the baby and the mother during unexpected labor complications.
But, when a doctor fails to notice the signs of distress and therefore does not quickly perform a C-section, birth injuries can occur. The child can suffer from long-term injuries such as brain damage, Cerebral Palsy, and other damaging developmental disabilities.
If your child suffered injuries at birth because of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact experienced attorney Chris Purcell to discuss your case and available legal options.
WHAT TYPES OF COMPENSATION CAN ATTORNEYS HELP YOU RECOVER FOR BIRTH INJURIES?
Chris Purcell understands that there is no amount of money that can make up for the injury your child suffered at birth. However, the medical expenses of your child’s injuries could be astronomical, and you need to hold medical professionals accountable for their tragic mistakes so they don’t make them again on another newborn baby. If your child was injured at birth because of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to:
– Current and future medical expenses
– Long-term care expenses, if the child will require constant care
– Loss of earning potential, if the injuries are serious enough to impact the rest of the child’s life
– Pain and suffering, which by law is capped at $250,000 in California. However, the parents and child may both be entitled to pain and suffering, depending on the circumstances of the case, which would increase the cap significantly.
If your child was injured at birth, contact Riverside personal injury attorney Chris Purcell for a free legal consultation regarding your birth injury case. Money cannot undo the damage that was done to your child, but it can help with the massive medical bills, at-home care, and other expenses that you have incurred as a result of this tragedy.
OUR RIVERSIDE COUNTY LAW FIRM WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD AND YOUR FAMILY
When you work with Riverside birth injury attorney Chris Purcell, he not only goes the distance for you; you will be partnering with him to ensure that more children aren’t injured in the future. Nothing is more important than your child. If your child has been hurt during the birthing process, call one of the personal injury lawyers with Purcell Law. Don’t wait. Chris represents clients throughout southern California. He has experience working with people in cases involving birth injuries, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, and auto accidents. All birth injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees unless and until Purcell Law recovers compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, please call our law offices at 714-884-3006 or contact Chris by email today.