When you spend years or months doing everything right to prepare for the birth of your child, the last thing you expect is doctor negligence that leads to cerebral palsy or another birth injury. If your child has been seriously or fatally injured because of medical malpractice, you should contact a birth injury law firm in Houston to discuss your legal options.
At The Kahn Law firm, our birth injury lawyer team understands that many birth injuries can be prevented. With our team’s help, you can hold all negligent parties (doctors, nurses, hospital) accountable for the current and future expenses you'll endure because of their actions or inactions that caused injury.
How a Devastating Birth Injury Occurs
A birth injury can be the result of your doctor failing to act appropriately or quickly enough when the mother or unborn child showed signs of distress or when care provided during pregnancy or birth was of poor quality. The result could be devastating to the mother, child or both.
When a physician provides substandard care, serious physical injuries that may occur include:
- cerebral palsy
- bone fractures
- brain damage
- Erb's palsy
- brachial plexus palsy
- Klumpke’s palsy
- damage to the spinal column
- bruising and skin irritation
- shoulder dystocia
- internal bleeding (including intracranial hemorrhage)
- injury due to improper use of forceps
- hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy brain damage (due to oxygen shortage)
- prenatal asphyxia
- brain damage
If your baby is suffering because of an injury that occurred during pregnancy or birth, contact our Houston birth injury law firm at 1-713-226-9900 or 1-844-301-KAHN. You may be able to file a birth injury claim to seek compensation for your damages.
Why You Need a Houston Birth Injury Lawyer
Depending on the severity of a birth injury, it can lead to a lifetime of care. Consider cerebral palsy, for example, which can result from brain damage during the birthing process. This condition can affect your baby's:
- vision and hearing
- touch and pain perceptions
- muscle tone
- motor skills
- mental development
- other functions
Cerebral palsy can lead to significant expenses for medical devices, multiple medical procedures and a healthcare team that may include a pediatrician or physiatrist, pediatric neurologist, orthopedist, developmental therapist, mental health provider, social worker, and special education teacher.
Brachial plexus palsy, another serious condition, causes paralysis of the arm when the nerves of the baby’s arm and hand are injured. Other symptoms include amplified or diminished feeling in the hand or arm as well as minimal muscle control. This kind of birth injury happens when the shoulder is pulled or stretched during birth. In severe cases, treatment involves costly surgery.
There is no reason why you should have to pay for medical expenses and other incidental expenses caused by a healthcare provider’s negligence. To preserve your legal rights and help your child get the treatment he or she needs after suffering a birth injury, contact a birth injury lawyer in Houston at The Kahn Law Firm today – 1-713-226-9900 or 1-844-301-KAHN.