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While minor trauma is often inevitable during a natural childbirth, there are certain situations stemming from medical malpractice or negligence that may cause serious birth injuries to occur. A birth injury of this kind may affect a child for life, leading to an inability to lead a normal life and provide for oneself.

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Pregnancy and the birthing process are supposed to be one of the most joyous celebrations of life that a family can go through. Should this not go according to plan, especially should a medical professional ne negligent or careless in any way, it can be anything from inconvenient to terrifying or even tragic. At our firm, we are here to help represent the interests of the victims of these types of birth injuries and will go above and beyond in our efforts to ensure that justice is demanded on their behalf.

Call us today if your child has suffered from a birth injury, such as:

Asphyxia

During the birthing process and immediately after, it is essential that a child receives the proper levels of oxygen. If for whatever reason they do not, it can result in asphyxiation. If the symptoms of this condition are not properly diagnosed and immediately treated, it can lead to permanent damage.

Brachial Plexus

The brachial plexus is a nerve that runs from spine to neck and can become the source of severe injury during a difficult childbirth. Should this become torn or stretched, it can lead to partial or total paralysis or severe weakness in the arm. This can lead to the need for lifelong medical attention and support.

Cerebral Palsy

One of the most severe forms of birth injury is known as Cerebral palsy, which is actually an umbrella term discussing a group of disorders targeting the brain and nervous system. Cerebral palsy causes can range from brain infection to jaundice with symptoms that include tremors, floppy muscles and weakness.

Erb’s Palsy

The condition of Erb’s palsy occurs when the nerves in the upper arm are injured. This can lead to a paralysis of one arm or just general weakness. In some mild versions, this can heal on its own, however, should it be a more severe injury, it may require extensive physical therapy and even surgery.

Microcephaly

In some cases, an injury to the child during pregnancy or childbirth can stunt or even permanently stop the growth of their brain. When this occurs, a child can have a brain that is two standard deviations smaller than normal, resulting in severe consequences, such as mental retardation, hyperactivity and seizures.

Representing Los Angeles Families Affected by Birth Injuries

There are numerous types of birth injuries that may range in severity. At times, minor birth injuries or trauma will heal on their own. Other birth injuries are non-progressive, but are currently untreatable. Regardless, however, you can trust that our firm will stop at nothing in our efforts to protect your rights. The attorneys at our law offices handle all types of birth injury claims in Los Angeles, including those stemming from:

  • Medication error
  • Delayed c-section
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • Deformities
  • Developmental delays
  • Mental retardation

If you and your child went through a complicated delivery and birth injury resulted, please do not hesitate to contact a Los Angeles birth injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group. You may have the right to take legal action against the doctor or other medical professional responsible for your child’s injuries, but you have a limited time to do so. Our firm offers a free initial case review, and we will be happy to talk to you in order to determine exactly how we can help.

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Birth Asphyxia Lawyers

Asphyxia is a condition that occurs when the body is deprived of a sufficient amount of oxygen. In most cases this can be caused by some form of choking, however, it can also be a common problem that occurs during the normal birthing process. In cases where the infant does not receive the proper amount of oxygen, it can result in a buildup of acid throughout the body which can cause them to suffer from an improperly functioning body, but the possibility of permanent damage. The extent of the damage sustained by the infant will be largely dependent on the length of time that they were left without correct oxygen levels.

Common Causes & Symptoms of Birth Asphyxia

While asphyxia is often related to injuries sustained by adults and teenagers (ex: from inhalation of carbon monoxide, seizures, drowning and other tragic accidents), it can also occur during the delicate stages of the birthing process. The first moments of life are incredibly important and if they are not treated correctly, it can result in the child receiving less than an adequate amount of oxygen. This may come from several different issues that occur during birth. For example, the child may have a mother who lacks sufficient amount of oxygen in her blood – this can affect a child without any outside interference.

Other causes of birth asphyxia include a placenta which separates too soon, anemia, as well as issues with the umbilical cord – some cases even involving an umbilical cord wrapping around the child’s throat and causing them to choke. Other issues with the mother can result in asphyxia, including high or low blood pressure or serious infections. While some of these can be attributed to circumstances outside of the realm of human control, there are instances which can be caused by faulty or low-quality medical care. If a medical professional does not properly diagnose the symptoms of asphyxia and act quickly and appropriately, it can cause more severe issues, as well as delay the necessary treatment of the issue.

The common symptoms of birth asphyxia include the following:

  • Breathing of the infant is non-existent or weak;
  • The infant has dismal muscle tone;
  • There is an abnormal or weak heart rate;
  • Infant is suffering from seizures;
  • There is pressure from the umbilical cord;
  • Skin is either blue in color or extraordinarily pale; and
  • Low heart rate or exorbitant amounts of acid in the blood.

Any of the above symptoms should immediately alert the medical professional that asphyxia is occurring so that they can begin treatment without delay. The first stage of the injury will occur during the first few minutes of the infant being asphyxiated. This will result in the beginning stages of damage to the cells. Several days or weeks after the injury has been sustained, the child will experience the second stage. This stage is commonly known as a “reperfusion injury” and occurs after the blood flow of the newborn has been returned to normal stages. The cells which had previously been damaged can release toxins into the bloodstream at this type, causing further damage and injury to the newborn.

Diagnosing & Treatment

If the above symptoms are noted, there are several tests which can be run to help determine and diagnose the condition. The first will be testing the acid levels of the child. If they are proven to be less than 7.00 in the umbilical cord blood, it could be proof that the child has been asphyxiated. Another common process of determining asphyxiation is known as the Apgar test which uses several factors of the child following birth – including their color, heartbeat, reflexes, muscle tone and more. If your newborn has a score less than three for longer than a five minute span, it is reason for concern. Other ways of diagnosing the condition include simple observation for the more severe symptoms – including seizures, coma and abnormal blood pressure.

If asphyxiation is diagnosed, it will be absolutely vital that immediate steps are taken to treat the issue. Depending on the circumstances of the case (including age of the baby, severity of the condition, expectations and more), treatment may range from anything as simple as introducing more oxygen into the blood of the delivering mother to performing an emergency Caesarean section. Other treatment options include manually supporting the child’s breathing, as well as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Providing Quality Legal Counsel in Los Angeles, CA

If your child has suffered from asphyxia during the birthing process, it can have significant and long-lasting consequences. This has been tied to children suffering from cerebral palsy, as well as development delays and disabilities. While this injury cannot always be tied to medical malpractice, it is extremely important that you consult with a knowledgeable legal professional who will be able to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action. If it is determined that the child had been injured due to the actions of a medical professional, we encourage you to get the involvement of a California Medical Malpractice Attorney from the Pacific Attorney Group. Over the years, our firm has been proven as advocates for the rights of the injured – you can be confident knowing that we will go above and beyond in our efforts to protect your rights. With over 35 years of collective legal experience, we have what it takes to fight for you.

Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Lawsuit

Birth Injury Lawyer Serving California

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that runs from the spine through the neck and armpit region into the arm. In a difficult childbirth or as a result of medical malpractice, the brachial plexus may become injured if the shoulder and neck are stretched or distorted. This often occurs when the infant is large or the birth canal is too small.

During the infant’s passage through the birth canal, the shoulders may be unable to pass through after the head, resulting in physical manipulation being necessary to complete the delivery. At this time, the brachial plexus may become injured. Depending on the extent of the injury, partial or total paralysis of the affected arm may result. In some cases, a brachial plexus injury may heal on its own. If a severe injury is sustained, however, surgery and physical rehabilitation may be necessary to help a child regain feeling and control in the affected arm.

Did your child suffer a brachial plexus injury? Call our California firm.

If you went through a difficult childbirth and your child suffered brachial plexus injury or has been diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy, please contact a lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group today. We represent clients throughout California in birth injury claims involving brachial plexus injuries. You may have been the victim of medical malpractice or negligence on the part of the doctor, nurse or any medical professional involved during the pregnancy or delivery. Depending on the case, you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against the responsible party in order to seek financial damages for your child’s injuries. This may be exactly what you need to cover surgery, physical therapy or any other treatment needed to give your child the best opportunity at making a full recovery.

Los Angeles Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

At Pacific Attorney Group, we are committed to representing families whose children have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy or any other medical condition associated with a birth injury or medical malpractice. Our attorneys have over 35 years of combined legal experience and take on cases of this kind throughout the greater Los Angeles area, offering a free initial consultation to get the process started.

If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy or is showing any signs of developmental delays or any other problems, we highly recommend that you do not hesitate in discussing the matter with an experienced attorney. With our knowledge in this field and the dedicated legal counsel we provide to our clients, you can rely on a lawyer at our firm to offer you the honest and helpful guidance you deserve.

Information About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a medical term describing a group of disorders related to brain development, affecting movement, hearing, eyesight, learning and thinking. A brain injury sustained during childbirth or very early in a child’s life may lead to Cerebral Palsy, with symptoms typically appearing by the time the child is two years old. At this time, there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy. Treatment is geared toward helping the patient be as independent as possible, including occupational, physical therapy and speech therapy, as well as medication as necessary to manage symptoms.

Consult a Birth Injury Attorney at Our Los Angeles Law Firm

Trauma and a lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth may cause Cerebral Palsy, as may head injury, infections during pregnancy and severe jaundice. If you believe a doctor’s error or oversight led to your child’s condition, do not hesitate to talk to our firm about your concerns. We can determine whether you may have grounds for legal action.

Asphyxia During Labor & Delivery

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

Asphyxia is a condition that occurs when the body is deprived of a sufficient amount of oxygen. In most cases this can be caused by some form of choking, however, it can also be a common problem that occurs during the normal birthing process. In cases where the infant does not receive the proper amount of oxygen, it can result in a buildup of acid throughout the body which can cause them to suffer from an improperly functioning body, but the possibility of permanent damage. The extent of the damage sustained by the infant will be largely dependent on the length of time that they were left without correct oxygen levels.

Common Causes & Symptoms of Birth Asphyxia

While asphyxia is often related to injuries sustained by adults and teenagers (ex: from inhalation of carbon monoxide, seizures, drowning and other tragic accidents), it can also occur during the delicate stages of the birthing process. The first moments of life are incredibly important and if they are not treated correctly, it can result in the child receiving less than an adequate amount of oxygen. This may come from several different issues that occur during birth. For example, the child may have a mother who lacks sufficient amount of oxygen in her blood – this can affect a child without any outside interference.

Other causes of birth asphyxia include a placenta which separates too soon, anemia, as well as issues with the umbilical cord – some cases even involving an umbilical cord wrapping around the child’s throat and causing them to choke. Other issues with the mother can result in asphyxia, including high or low blood pressure or serious infections. While some of these can be attributed to circumstances outside of the realm of human control, there are instances which can be caused by faulty or low-quality medical care. If a medical professional does not properly diagnose the symptoms of asphyxia and act quickly and appropriately, it can cause more severe issues, as well as delay the necessary treatment of the issue.

The common symptoms of birth asphyxia include the following:

  • Breathing of the infant is non-existent or weak;
  • The infant has dismal muscle tone;
  • There is an abnormal or weak heart rate;
  • Infant is suffering from seizures;
  • There is pressure from the umbilical cord;
  • Skin is either blue in color or extraordinarily pale; and
  • Low heart rate or exorbitant amounts of acid in the blood.

Any of the above symptoms should immediately alert the medical professional that asphyxia is occurring so that they can begin treatment without delay. The first stage of the injury will occur during the first few minutes of the infant being asphyxiated. This will result in the beginning stages of damage to the cells. Several days or weeks after the injury has been sustained, the child will experience the second stage. This stage is commonly known as a “reperfusion injury” and occurs after the blood flow of the newborn has been returned to normal stages. The cells which had previously been damaged can release toxins into the bloodstream at this type, causing further damage and injury to the newborn.

Diagnosing & Treatment

If the above symptoms are noted, there are several tests which can be run to help determine and diagnose the condition. The first will be testing the acid levels of the child. If they are proven to be less than 7.00 in the umbilical cord blood, it could be proof that the child has been asphyxiated. Another common process of determining asphyxiation is known as the Apgar test which uses several factors of the child following birth – including their color, heartbeat, reflexes, muscle tone and more. If your newborn has a score less than three for longer than a five minute span, it is reason for concern. Other ways of diagnosing the condition include simple observation for the more severe symptoms – including seizures, coma and abnormal blood pressure.

If asphyxiation is diagnosed, it will be absolutely vital that immediate steps are taken to treat the issue. Depending on the circumstances of the case (including age of the baby, severity of the condition, expectations and more), treatment may range from anything as simple as introducing more oxygen into the blood of the delivering mother to performing an emergency Caesarean section. Other treatment options include manually supporting the child’s breathing, as well as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Providing Quality Legal Counsel in Los Angeles, CA

If your child has suffered from asphyxia during the birthing process, it can have significant and long-lasting consequences. This has been tied to children suffering from cerebral palsy, as well as development delays and disabilities. While this injury cannot always be tied to medical malpractice, it is extremely important that you consult with a knowledgeable legal professional who will be able to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action. If it is determined that the child had been injured due to the actions of a medical professional, we encourage you to get the involvement of a cerebral palsy lawyer Los Angeles from the Pacific Attorney Group. Over the years, our firm has been proven as advocates for the rights of the injured – you can be confident knowing that we will go above and beyond in our efforts to protect your rights. With over 35 years of collective legal experience, we have what it takes to fight for you.

Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice in California

At this time, there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy. However, treatment options are available to help a person suffering from Cerebral Palsy to lead a more normal and independent life while preventing complications. Treatment typically involves a plan with a number of different simultaneous approaches by various professionals, including nurses, a primary care doctor, occupational and speech therapists, physical therapists, and other specialists as well. The specific treatment plan will vary depending on the severity of the condition as well as what specific symptoms a child may be experiencing.

Treatment for Cerebral Palsy may be extremely expensive and ongoing. In addition to various therapies to help the patient lead an independent life, medication, communication and learning aids, surgery and living assistance may also be required. More aggressive treatment and surgery is typically needed only in severe cases, but the types of treatment involved may include:

  • Physical, occupational, speech and language therapy
  • Muscle relaxants to help with tremors and spasticity
  • Anticonvulsants to help with seizures
  • Glasses, hearing aids, walking aids or wheelchairs
  • Surgery to help with gastroesophageal reflux or place feeding tubes
  • Spinal surgery to cut nerves to help with pain and also spasticity

Why hire a Los Angeles Cerebral Palsy attorney?

In view of the severity of Cerebral Palsy and the consequences this may have not only on the child but on an entire family, we believe it is important to review your legal options in these matters. At times, Cerebral Palsy may be caused by medical malpractice. If this is the case, you may be able to work with an attorney to seek justice and financial compensation. This may make a significant and positive impact in your ability to pay for the treatment your child needs to lead a more normal life.

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

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Recognizing the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy is important, as is seeking medical care as soon as possible if you suspect that your child may be suffering from any symptom associated with this very serious birth injury. At Pacific Attorney Group, we represent families throughout Los Angeles who are suffering because a doctor or any other medical professional acted negligently and caused brain trauma that resulted in Cerebral Palsy. In fact, we offer a free attorney consultation to help you get more information about your legal rights and your options.

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy may vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. In most cases, symptoms will present themselves before age two. In some severe cases, however, they may appear as early as three months.

Following are some of the symptoms associated with Cerebral Palsy:

  • Increased muscle tone (spasticity)
  • Abnormal movement or sensation
  • Developmental delays
  • Difficulty with bottle or breastfeeding
  • Irregular breathing
  • Learning disabilities
  • Decreased intelligence
  • Limited range of motion
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Problems with speech or vision
  • Seizures
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation

If you have observed these symptoms in your child, it is highly recommended that you seek medical care and testing for Cerebral Palsy as soon as possible. We also highly recommend that you talk to a Birth Injury Attorney about the situation, as your child’s injuries may have been caused by negligence and you therefore may be able to seek financial compensation for medical care, therapy and continued treatment and assistance for your child.

Understanding Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy, or Erb-Duchenne Palsy, is a medical condition characterized by a paralysis of the arm due to injury to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves. These nerves comprise part of the brachial plexus, which is a bundle of nerves extending from the arm through the shoulder and neck. Injury to the brachial plexus and Erb’s Palsy are primarily caused by physical trauma during childbirth. In a difficult birth, the infant may be unable to pass safely through the birth canal without significant physical manipulation, during which the shoulder and neck may be unnaturally stretched or distorted. Depending on the severity of nerve damage, the infant may heal on his or her own or may require physical therapy or surgery to recover.

Is Erb’s Palsy related to medical malpractice?

Because most instances of Erb’s Palsy are caused by difficult childbirths, it is possible that medical malpractice was the cause. A doctor may fail to diagnose a condition where an infant is too large to pass through the birth canal or may attempt to avoid performing a c-section when it would have been safer for mother and baby.

In these cases, or if a doctor was careless or negligent in a forceps or vacuum delivery or in assisting the infant in passing through the birth canal, this may be grounds for a malpractice claim. A personal injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group can meet with you to discuss your particular case and whether negligent medical care may have been the cause for your child’s suffering.

Talk to a California Erbs Palsy Lawyer

With the help of a skilled Los Angeles birth injury attorney from our firm, you may be able to bring a claim against the doctor or other party responsible for your child’s condition. In doing so, you have the opportunity to recover financial compensation to pay for medical care, physical therapy, surgery, and any continued medical treatment. This may allow your child to have a better chance of making a full recovery.

Microcephaly Claims & Lawsuits

Microcephaly Lawsuit Attorney

The birthing process is not a simple one – it is highly complex and can be the cause of serious injuries and illness that will hamper the child throughout their entire life. Should this injury or illness be caused by the negligence of a medical professional, it is important that legal representation is found in the help from a skilled Los Angeles birth injury lawyer. By working with Pacific Attorney Group, you will be able to pursue the possibility of filing a medical malpractice claim so that you can seek the damages necessary to helping you care for and treat your loved one.

Was your child diagnosed with microcephaly?

At the time of a birth, it is important to note that while a child will have all of the major functioning parts of their brain, it is the nerves that will allow for their brain to grow and develop over time. This will lead to their brain growing over their first five to seven years; after it has reached its full size, the skull will finally allow for the bones to fuse together and therefore limit the future amount of growth.

This is a natural process and typically proceeds uninhibited. What if, however, an injury caused the brain to stop growing? In some cases, a condition can occur where the brain will either not grow or will have a stinted amount of growth. This is referred to as microcephaly and is normally referred to as having a brain / head that is two standard deviations smaller than what is considered average. This condition is serious and can be related to a reduced life expectancy. It has been associated with nervous system conditions, such as mental retardation, dwarfism and hyperactivity.

Talk to a birth injury attorney from our firm!

If your child has suffered from a birth injury such as microcephaly, you deserve to have an Microcephaly Lawsuit Attorney who will be willing to investigate the causes. While this cannot always be traced back to the negligence of a third party, there are some causes where had the doctor properly diagnosed the issue, necessary steps could have been taken. Similarly, had the issue been caused by an accident on their part, then they should be held accountable. At Pacific Attorney Group, we recognize that these claims are difficult and we are prepared to do everything that we can in our efforts to helping you obtain the just outcome that you deserve. By putting in the correct amount of time and energy in each case, we will fight to help you.

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