FAQs about Birth Injuries

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If your child has been the victim of a catastrophic birth injury, do not hesitate to contact a birth injury lawyer for help as soon as possible. No family should have to go through the pain of having to deal with a court case alone, which is why Rispoli Law, PLLC is here for you, no matter what.

Our professionals at Rispoli Law, PLLC are medical malpractice experts and are willing to sort through the details to ensure your family gets the compensation they deserve from those responsible. After all, you have put your life and your child’s health and safety in the hands of medical professionals who have betrayed your trust. It is time to become empowered with your rights and to take control.

How Can Our Phoenix AZ Firm Help You?

Each birth injury lawyer at Rispoli Law, PLLC has extensive legal experience in these types of cases and will sort through all the details of your case so you don’t have to. We will determine if your child has suffered a birth injury or a birth defect and help you figure out what the best course of legal action is.

What Is the Difference Between a Birth Defect and a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is an injury sustained before, during, or after the birth to the child and/or the mother. The majority of these injuries are entirely preventable and are usually caused by unnecessary force and trauma, preventing the child from getting enough oxygen to their brain before they can breathe by themselves, and/or mistreating the mother during her pregnancy. The medical malpractice in these cases can cause:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Bone fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cerebral hypoxia and anoxia

On the other hand, a birth defect is something that happens to the child before the birth. Birth defects are caused by outstanding conditions like genetics or parental actions like smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and they tend to be noticed before the child is born.

How Do Birth Injuries Happen?

There are plenty of ways these traumatic injuries can happen. Some examples include:

  • Prescribing the mother with harmful and unnecessary medication knowing she was pregnant
  • Intentionally using broken or outdated hospital equipment or knowingly using the equipment wrongfully
  • Using more force than needed during the birth, such as the strong use of forceps
  • Using too much pressure or twisting the child
  • Compressing the child, which crushes the umbilical cord and deprives the child of oxygen

Who Can Be Held Responsible for the Birth Injury under Arizona Injury Laws?

Anyone who was involved in the treatment of the mother and child before, during, and after the birth can be held responsible. This includes any doctors and neonatal nurses that have come in contact with your child and even the hospital can face charges if they knowingly knew their equipment was faulty or staff negligent.

What Kind of Compensation Am I Entitled To?

There are two types of compensation you can be entitled to, financial compensation for medical bills due to the incident and financial compensation for quality of life for the child in the future. This includes payment for any medical treatments, special schooling, therapies, or assistive devices the child may need, not only while they are young but also as adults.

If you have any questions concerning a birth injury, please do not hesitate to contact a birth injury lawyer Phoenix AZ families recommend and find out how we can help.