What to know about birth injuries?

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One of the happiest times in a couple’s life is when they welcome a new baby into the world. After months of planning, preparing, parenting classes, and more, the day finally comes when the baby decides to arrive. But far too often, something goes terribly wrong and the baby has been injured, either before, during or right after delivery, as a birth injury attorney in Phoenix can attest. According to national statistics, there are approximately 28,000 infants born each year who are birth injury victims.

Although there is always a risk of some type of complication that can occur, parents depend on the obstetrician and other medical professionals to closely monitor how the pregnancy and labor progress and to diagnose any potential issues or complications that can occur for mother and/or baby. When medical professionals are negligent and fail to identify these dangers, the results can be devastating to a family, with serious injuries to the baby that can leave long-term or permanent disabilities. If the injury is severe enough, the baby can suffer death.

At Rispoli Law, PLLC, each Phoenix, Arizona birth injury attorney has extensive legal experience in obtaining justice for families whose children have suffered birth injuries. We understand how overwhelming the emotional, physical, and financial impact of a preventable birth injury can be and will do all we can to ensure victims recover financial compensation from the at-fault parties whose negligence caused the birth injury to occur.

Common Birth Injuries

Arizona injury law allows for victims and their families to pursue a malpractice case against those parties responsible for the birth injury. This compensation can include the cost of all past, present, and future medical bills, therapy, at-home health care needs, surgeries, hospitalizations, medical devices, special schooling, and more. Any settlement or award a family receives should not only cover compensation for the expenses the family incurs during the baby’s childhood, but should also include any expenses and/or losses the baby will sustain due to the injury when they are an adult.

Some of the most common types of birth injuries a Phoenix AZ birth injury attorney handles include the following:

  •                     Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)
  •                     Brain injuries
  •                     Cerebral Palsy
  •                     Cesarean section trauma
  •                     Defective medical devices
  •                     Delayed or missed diagnosis
  •                     Erb’s Palsy
  •                     Fetal distress injury
  •                     Forceps injury
  •                     Fractures
  •                     Hypoxia
  •                     Injuries to the mother
  •                     Lack of oxygen
  •                     Medication errors
  •                     Perinatal asphyxia
  •                     Postpartum hemorrhaging
  •                     Shoulder injuries
  •                     Spinal cord injuries
  •                     Wrongful death

Preventable Incidents

Unlike birth defects, the majority of birth injuries are preventable and are usually caused by some type of human error. Many occur because a medical professional involved with the pregnancy and/or birthing process made a preventable error. Some of the most common preventable errors include:

  •                     Failure to properly monitor the mother during pregnancy to make sure that the baby is growing properly and that there are no medical issues developing, either with the baby or with the mother.
  •                     Prescribing medication during pregnancy or delivery that is harmful to the baby.
  •                     Improper manipulation of the infant during delivery.

If your baby suffered a birth injury, contact Rispoli Law, PLLC to meet with a birth injury attorney Phoenix AZ families recommend to get you the justice your family deserves.