If your child was injured during delivery, the effects on your baby and your family can be devastating. Birth injuries are often avoidable, and are sometimes caused by a lack of proper monitoring or mistakes made during the birth process. Contact a Long Beach birth injury lawyer at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn to learn about the process of filing a birth injury lawsuit. During an initial consultation with a birth injury attorney, your case will be evaluated and you will get advice on the best course of action.
The Long Beach birth injury attorneys at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn have years of experience handling serious birth injuries like cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy. Our firm has been successfully representing Long Beach injury victims for over 30 years. A birth injury lawsuit can help deal with the aftermath of medical mistakes by providing money for future treatments, as well as your pain and suffering.
When the brain of a baby is injured or deprived of oxygen during pregnancy or birth, it can result in a condition known as cerebral palsy. Children with cerebral palsy may have:
- Involuntary or exaggerated movements
- Rigidity in the limbs
- Abnormal posture
- Difficulty walking
- Several combinations of those symptoms
Cerebral palsy can cause other conditions related to developmental brain abnormalities, such as impaired mental functions, problems with hearing or vision and seizures.
Your Long Beach birth injury lawyer will be familiar with both the causes and complications of cerebral palsy. The most common causes during birth are a lack of oxygen caused by difficult labor or delivery or traumatic head injury from the use of forceps or improper use of a vacuum.
Our experienced birth injury attorneys work with medical experts to review the procedures performed during the pregnancy, delivery and immediately after the birth to determine if a birth injury lawsuit is warranted. A birth injury lawsuit can help cover what is likely to be a lifetime of dependent living and therapy costs.
Erb’s palsy is a condition caused by stretching the infants shoulder during delivery. It affects a bundle of nerves around the shoulder called the brachial plexus. Erb’s palsy will usually involve a larger than usual baby, a breech delivery or excessive pulling on the baby during a normal delivery. Depending on the severity, Erb’s palsy may cause a limp or paralyzed arm, lack of muscle control or lack of sensation.
A Long Beach birth injury lawyer will investigate to determine if a Cesarean delivery should have been performed, if there was a lack of proper monitoring or if some other form of negligence occurred.
To speak with an attorney that has a proven record of success in these types of cases, please contact Aitken * Aitken * Cohn today.