Birth Injuries Due to Malpractice and/or Negligence
In addition to motor vehicle accidents, workers' compensation claims, product liability, premises liability and wrongful death cases, the Colorado personal injury attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC also handle Catastrophic Birth Injury Cases.
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most magical moments in the life of a parent. All too often, that moment is shattered by the realization that something is wrong, and that the life you always dreamed of for your child may no longer be a reality. It is estimated that as many as seven babies out of 1,000 in the United States suffer harm during labor and delivery. Fortunately, not all of those birth injuries are permanent or catastrophic. In truth, birth injuries can take on many forms and degrees of severity, ranging from a mild temporary bruise to the head from a vacuum extractor, to permanent learning disabilities or physical impairments from a prolonged lack of oxygen during the delivery. When these more serious birth injuries occur, the impact it has on the child and the family can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Causes of Birth Injury
While not every birth injury is the result of medical malpractice, sadly, these catastrophic birth injuries often are caused by negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical provider. Some of the more severe birth injuries that can result from improper management of labor, delivery, or newborn care include:
- Paraplegia, quadriplegia, or paralysis
- Brain damage, including hypoxic, anoxic, orischemic brain injury, as well as direct trauma
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Coma or vegetative state
- Learning disabilities, speech and language problems, developmental delays and mental retardation
- Shoulder dystocia injuries and nerve damage including brachial plexus injuries like Erb's Palsy or Klumpke's Palsy
- Deafness or blindness
- Cerebral Palsy and balance and movement problems
- Seizure disorders and epilepsy
- Serious infection or sepsis
When childbirth results in one of these conditions, parents many times just want to know what happened. Was this just an unfortunate outcome, or did it result from the negligence of a doctor, nurse, anestheologist, hospital or other health care provider? Could this be avoided, and is there anything I can do to help make sure it doesn't happen to another child? We help families in Colorado find answers to these questions, and also try to help them learn how to move forward - not just in litigation, but also in the medical recovery and rehabilitation of their child.
The expertise necessary to take on big insurance attorneys
A catastrophic birth injury case is among the most difficult and expensive to prosecute because the stakes are extremely high to all parties. The injured child and his family may be facing millions of dollars of future care, and the malpractice insurer will do everything it can to avoid responsibility for those medical and other bills. These cases are aggressively defended by talented lawyers and experts hired by big insurance companies, therefore making your choice of counsel critical. In addition to having significant legal knowledge, your medical malpractice attorney must have vast medical knowledge, and your law firm must have the financial resources needed to hire the right experts to work on your catastrophic birth injury case.
Bachus & Schanker, LLC has the legal and medical knowledge necessary to go up against the big insurance attorneys and their paid experts, and has the financial resources to give you access to the finest experts in the United States in fields like obstetrics, perinatology, neonatology, neurology, radiology, genetics, and rehabilitation. More important, the insurance companies and their attorney know of these strengths and recognize that they won't be able to use their financial resources to limit your access to the courthouse. Finally, because of the select number of medical negligence cases the firm takes on each year, Bachus & Schanker is able to provide top-notch legal representation while making sure you don't feel like a just another case, but instead know that your medical malpractice attorney is looking our for your best interests.
Do you have a catastrophic birth injury case?
If you or a family member want a free initial consultation on your birth injury case, then please contact us right away.
All of our attorneys work on a contigency basis that means you will pay no up front out-of-pocket money.