San Antonio Birth Injury Lawyer
Birth Injuries & Birth Defects in Texas
The birth of a new baby is supposed to be one of the happiest moments in a parent’s life. This happy moment can, unfortunately, turn into one of the worst days of a parent’s life if the baby is born with physical or mental birth defects.
Birth injuries and defects can lead to immense physical suffering for your child, as well as constant medical care, which may be necessary for the rest of your baby’s life. As a parent, you will have to bear the brunt of costly medical expenses to take care of your new baby—unless a good birth defects lawyer can help with an alternate solution.
If you believe your child was injured or suffered birth defects due to a medical provider’s negligent or wrongful conduct, reach out to the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C. today. You could have grounds for a medical malpractice case against the treating doctor, hospital, or another medical professional or facility. With more than 65 years of experience, our team is ready to advocate for you and your child. We fight to maximize your recovery so that your child can live the best possible life.
What Is a Birth Injury?
Children being born with birth defects happens more often than many people realize. While most of these birth defects are minor, some are serious and can impact children throughout the rest of their lives.
There are several reasons why children may be born with birth defects, including genetics. However, some birth defects are not the result of unpreventable factors but, rather, the negligent or wrongful conduct of trusted medical professionals.
A birth injury occurs when a child is injured before, during, or immediately after birth. These injuries can cause serious birth defects and have lasting implications for both the affected children and their families.
Examples of Birth Injuries
Some of the most common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Fractures (especially fractured collarbones)
- Caput succedaneum
- Oxygen deprivation (hypoxia and anoxia)
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Internal bleeding
- Facial paralysis
- Forceps/vacuum extractor injuries
Many birth injuries have lifelong consequences, leading to ongoing medical treatment and overall reduced quality of life. Even when birth injuries are treatable and the child is able to heal, he or she may suffer significant physical and emotional harm. Additionally, the child’s parents will likely face extensive, costly medical bills to treat their child’s injuries.
You should not have to suffer the consequences of a medical provider’s careless or negligent conduct on your own. The Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C. can help you fight for fair compensation for your damages, such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.
How Do You Know If Your Child Suffered a Birth Injury?
As a new or expecting parent, it can be difficult to decipher whether your child was injured during labor or delivery. Sometimes, medical providers do everything they can to ensure the health and safety of the infant and the mother to no avail. In other cases, they fail to provide an adequate standard of care. But medical providers will almost always deny wrongdoing, or they may not even realize that they have been negligent. Regardless, intent is not relevant; if a doctor, nurse, hospital, or any other health care provider failed to uphold the standard of acceptable care, you could have a birth injury case.
Your child may have suffered a birth injury due to:
- Prolonged labor
- Failure to order a timely cesarean section (C-section)
- Failure to monitor/treat signs of fetal distress
- Improper use of forceps/vacuum extractors
- Mismanagement of various birth conditions, such as umbilical cord prolapse
- Failure to diagnose/treat maternal complications, such as infections
- Surgical errors during a C-section
Additionally, birth injuries do not only happen during labor and delivery. Improper medical care from doctors during pregnancy can have a terrible impact on the growth and development of your baby. This can include being prescribed medication that is known to cause birth defects and doctors misdiagnosing medical conditions. Also, being exposed to harmful materials at work during pregnancy can result in birth defects.
Our San Antonio birth injury lawyers can carefully evaluate your case to determine how your child was injured and, most importantly, who is liable.
An Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
A skilled San Antonio birth defect lawyer can work to prove that your child’s birth defects are not the result of nature but are due to someone else’s negligence. If you have a case, the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C. can file a claim on your behalf and fight to secure damages to help you pay for your child’s costly medical care.
We are prepared to handle all the legal details so that you can focus on getting your child the medical care he or she needs. We are aggressive when it comes to negotiating with liable insurance providers, and our attorneys are fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. We have a 99% success rate and have secured numerous million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Put Over 65 Years of Experience on Your Side
If you suspect that your child’s birth injuries or defects are the result of medical negligence or malpractice, you do have legal recourse. Contact the birth defect attorneys at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C. in San Antonio, Texas. We work to hold doctors and other liable parties accountable. Our attorneys can provide the legal assistance you need to argue that a medical provider or another party is responsible for your child’s birth injuries and should be held accountable.
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