Los Lunas Birth Injury Lawyer
Birth injuries are injuries that occur to a mother or child during pregnancy, labor, or delivery and often result in physical, cognitive, or behavioral delays or disabilities that can have lifelong consequences. Fortunately for victims, when birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice, victims can recover compensation for their economic and non-economic losses.
At David C. Chavez Law Firm, we believe that medical professionals who injure others should be held accountable and that victims should not have to suffer needlessly. To schedule a free consultation with a birth injury attorney in Los Lunas, contact our office today.
Common Birth Injuries
Here are some of the more common birth injuries that affect victims throughout New Mexico:
Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a developmental disorder that can affect movement, posture, and cognition. There are many different types of cerebral palsy, and not everyone with the condition will exhibit all symptoms. CP can be caused by head trauma or a lack of oxygen during labor or delivery, both of which can easily be caused by medical malpractice.
Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that sits between your neck and your shoulders that facilitates communication between your spinal cord and your shoulders, arms, and hands. Injury to the brachial plexus can result in significant complications, including muscle weakness, numbness, or even paralysis in these areas. Medical negligence during birth can often result in brachial plexus injuries in newborns.
Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that occurs when a baby's shoulders get stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone. It is a dangerous condition for both mother and child and can result in significant issues, including nerve damage in the newborn, uterine rupture, fetal hypoxia, and postpartum bleeding. In some cases, a doctor's failure to order a cesarean section to avoid shoulder dystocia may be medical malpractice, entitling victims to compensation.
Perinatal hypoxia occurs when an infant does not get enough oxygen during or immediately after birth. It can result from a variety of issues, including the umbilical cord wrapping around the neck, maternal anemia, and brain injuries during delivery. In many cases, with adequate medical care, perinatal hypoxia could have been mitigated or avoided altogether.
Common forms of medical malpractice that often lead to birth injuries include the following:
- Failure to monitor fetal vital signs
- Failure to diagnose a medical condition in the mother
- Misuse of forceps or vacuum extractors
- Applying excessive force to the baby during delivery
- Failure to order an emergency cesarean section
If you believe that negligence of a medical professional injured you or your child during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, it's vital that you speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. At the Law Firm of David C. Chavez, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured victims and are dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for their carelessness. To schedule a completely free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney, call our office today at 505-865-9696 or contact us online.