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Kansas City Birth Injury Lawyer

Pregnancy and childbirth are exciting milestones for any new family. Learning the baby’s gender, stocking the registry with baby items, and preparing for the arrival of a new family member are important first steps. Most labors and deliveries are safe, and parents come home with a healthy new life to cherish and love. However, there are rare instances in which a catastrophic birth injury can affect your new baby and your growing family. Our personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $100 million for victims in your similar situation- let us help you, as well.

What Is a “Birth Injury?”

Birth injuries are different from birth defects. A birth defect is generally something congenital that would be present at birth because it developed in the womb. A birth injury, on the other hand, is something that happens during labor, delivery, or shortly after birth. Not all birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice, though many may be avoided with sufficient medical care. Some of the most common causes of birth injury include:

  • Brachial palsy. Erb’s and Klumpke’s palsy affect different branches of nerves in the arm. These conditions are often the result of shoulder dystocia, when an infant’s shoulder becomes trapped within the mother’s pelvic bone.
  • Facial paralysis. When a physician uses forceps or vacuum extraction, an infant may suffer temporary paralysis from the pressure. In severe cases, this can lead to permanent damage.
  • Brain injury. Brain injuries can lead to a lifetime of negative side effects. Most birth injuries resulting in brain damage are due to lack of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, can occur during pregnancy, delivery, or even after birth.
  • Broken Bones. Fractures may occur as the result of a prolonged or difficult delivery. They can heal in weeks, but, in some cases, they may also lead to nerve damage or other negative side effects.

How Do I Know If My Baby Has a Birth Defect or Birth Injury?

It’s scary to think that something might be wrong with your baby. It’s important to know that the law requires physicians to disclose any potential health issues with your baby. If you know about a condition ahead of time, it’s a birth defect. If you become aware of a condition or illness shortly after delivery, it may well still be a defect – but there’s also a chance it’s actually a birth injury. If you were expecting to welcome a healthy baby boy or girl but something else happened, talk to an experienced birth injury attorney about your options.

When to Contact an Attorney

Birth injuries have a wide range of causes, from failure to adequately monitor vital signs to improper use of forceps or birth assistive technology. If you believe your baby’s injury was the direct result of your care, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages from missed work, as well as recompense for intangible losses. To learn more about birth injury lawsuits and to see if you have legal grounds for a claim, contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. You shouldn’t have to bear the weight of this alone – let one of our compassionate Kansas City birth injury attorneys help your family on the road to recovery.