Riverside Birth Injury Attorney
Dealing with a birth injury can be a vulnerable and scary time. You may not know exactly what happened or what to do next. Additionally, the people you thought you could trust the most, doctors and other healthcare professionals, may have caused the injury. You might not know if you can trust them to help you handle the damage they’ve caused, and you’re likely confused about what to do next. If you find yourself in a situation where a doctor’s medical negligence causes a birth injury to you or your child, you should contact an attorney immediately.
Dr. Bruce Fagel is a lawyer who is also a doctor. He is very experienced in handling birth injury claims, and he can help walk you through what to do next. Call the office today at 800-541-9376 for a free consultation.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Birth Injury?
If you or your child has suffered a birth injury, you might be wondering who is at fault and who can be held responsible. Is it the doctor? The nurses? The actual hospital? The answer is: it depends, but the possibilities include all of the above and more. It’s possible that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, anesthesiologists, pharmaceutical companies, and the actual hospital could be held legally responsible for a birth injury. It depends on what happened and who was negligent.
The Most Common Causes Of Preventable Birth Injuries
Many birth injuries are totally avoidable, so it’s important to know precisely what negligent acts or omissions can cause these injuries. Some of the most common causes include the following:
1. The obstetrician used excessive force & forceps were used incorrectly
When the obstetrician uses forceps, it’s imperative that they use them correctly. The forceps should be properly placed around the child’s head with the appropriate amount of force. Using excessive force can be incredibly damaging. Additionally, it’s essential to know that a doctor must obtain informed consent before they use forceps.
2. The child was deprived of oxygen
If a baby doesn’t receive enough oxygen during the birth, it can cause hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This leads to severe complications, such as damage to the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Sometimes this is fatal. When it isn’t, it can lead to cerebral palsy.
3. Failure to perform a necessary C-section
When a C-section is necessary but isn’t done, it can lead to otherwise avoidable birth injuries.
One of the most unfortunate aspects of all of the causes listed above is that they are entirely avoidable. If your child has suffered any of the above injuries, it’s vital to speak with an attorney who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Riverside Birth Injury Attorney
Dr. Bruce Fagel truly understands how devastating a birth injury can be for a child and their family members. Birth injuries often cause permanent disabilities that cause not only a tremendous amount of heartache but also a significant amount of money.
You should never have to pay for treatment or other necessary medical services and procedures that a doctor or other medical professional caused through their negligence. Additionally, the negligent medical professional should compensate you and your child for the activities they may never be able to perform due to this negligence. If you need help, please call the office today at 800-541-9376 for a free consultation. We want to help you through this difficult time.