Reno Birth Injury Lawyer
The birth of a child is one of the most poignant milestones in the human experience. Child birth and delivery is a culmination of the selfless efforts and sacrifices of parents. Mothers will often go to great lengths during their pregnancies to ensure that their son or daughter is born happy and healthy. In addition, parents will often give a great deal of consideration into choosing a hospital and medical professional that will safely and successful usher their newborn into this world.
When doctors, nurses or health care providers fail to act with reasonable care and their negligence results in a birth injury that could have been prevented, the consequences can be devastating. At Shook & Stone, we provide our compassionate support and experienced legal assistance to victims of birth injuries and we work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served and fair compensation is obtained.
Types of Birth Injuries
As unfortunate as it may be, there is always a risk and potential for birth injuries. While some injuries may be the result of uncontrollable and natural forces, many birth injuries directly result from the negligence of medical professionals. In fact, despite the many new innovations in medical technology and science, birth injuries still occur with alarming regularity. Studies report that there are approximately seven birth injuries per 1,000 births in the U.S. each year. These injuries can range in severity and can result in long-term care. Some common birth injuries include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Brain injuries and trauma
- Facial paralysis
- Bruising and forceps marks
- Cerebral palsy and brachial plexus palsy
Birth injuries are truly life changing. Many of the injuries or illnesses that could have been prevented can create extensive burdens on parents and families. Long-term medical treatment and specialized care can create numerous financial strains. Nothing, however, can compare to the emotional distress parents may experience. In order to hold health care providers liable for their actions and to ensure that families are compensated for their damages, victims can pursue legal actions by filing a medical malpractice claim.
Birth Trauma & Medical Malpractice
Medical error accounts for a large percentage of birth injuries. Some of these errors can include: Failing to anticipate birth complications, failure to respond adequately to bleeding, failure to respond to fetal distress, inappropriate administration of medication, misuse of medical tools and delays in medical procedures such as C-sections. Birth injuries can also occur as a result of inappropriate or negligent care of a new born immediately after they are delivered.
When filing a medical malpractice claim for birth injuries, fault must be established. Health care providers are required to uphold certain standards of care, and their failure to do so can result in their being held liable to compensate victims. Successful claims must also prove that; (1) a legal duty existed between health care provider and patient, (2) health care provider failed to meet standards of care (3) negligence of failure resulted in injury and (4) damages were suffered as a result of injuries. As there are many complications that can arise during medical malpractice claims, having an experienced and qualified attorney on your side is essential to the favorable resolution of your case.
Working with Caring Personal Injury Attorneys
At Shook & Stone, our attorneys genuinely care about our clients. Having worked with victims of birth injuries in the past, we understand how truly unfortunate and emotionally devastating these situations can be. This is why we make it our mission to offer our earnest support to clients and to use our experience, legal knowledge and skills in compiling successful medical malpractice claims to hold negligent health care providers liable for what they have done. With 85 years of combined experience and more than $100 million in compensation recovered since 1997, Shook & Stone provides the personal attention and compassion you deserve and the skilled and aggressive legal aid you need. Contact us today.