Santa Barbara Birth Injury Lawyer
Birth injuries are traumatic and devastating incidents that not only affect a child, but his or her parents and relatives. These injuries occur during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and oftentimes are caused by oxygen depravation to the brain, resulting in brain damage and leaving children disabled or on life support and requiring costly lifetime care and treatment.
The Santa Barbara injury attorneys at NordstrandBlack PC understand how devastating birth injuries are for a child and the emotional toll they take on parents and family members. When such accidents are caused by another party's negligence, the family of the child is entitled to seeking compensation for injuries and related costs, both present and future.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
Delivery is a complicated and delicate process that requires a great amount of care from medical professionals and hospital staff. Often, complications which arise during delivery may put an infant at greater risk for injury, but it is still the responsibility of the delivery team to protect an infant and mother from harm. Doctors and nurses are not only responsible for the safe delivery of the infant, but for monitoring the child and recognizing if there are any complications with the pregnancy or problems that may arise during birth.
Unfortunately, devastating birth injuries can occur during a routine delivery if negligence or oversight is exhibited by the staff. Negligence may be due to failure to monitor the baby, failure to perform a timely C-Section, or improper administration of anesthesia, vacuum, or forceps, among other causes. Any of these instruments can greatly aid in delivery, but when used improperly can inflict severe injuries on an infant. If the hospital staff does not recognize that the baby is in distress or is being deprived of oxygen, they may not perform the proper emergency procedures and the infant may suffer greatly as a result.
When birth injuries result from medical malpractice of a health care provider (doctor, nurse, and/or hospital), our experienced law team can help families recover the money they need to care for their child for the child's life.
Pursing Legal Action for Your Santa Barbara Birth Injury Case
If your child has been injured during birth due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to legal action and should investigate your case and consult with legal professionals as soon as possible. California law creates a statute of limitations on most personal injury and medical malpractice cases, requiring victims to file a claim sooner rather than later. When this time limit is passed, a victim or his or her family may be permanently prohibited from bringing the case to court. Even if you do not think you will be pursuing legal action, consulting with an experienced Santa Barbara injury attorney will help you discover if any action should be taken to preserve your claim.
NordstrandBlack PC offers aggressive representation to our clients in our pursuit of full and fair compensation for their injuries. Contact Santa Barbara birth injury attorney Renée J. Nordstrand today for a free initial consultation to learn about your rights and how we can help after a birth injury.
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- Birth Injury - Merck Manual
- Cerebral Palsy - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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