Birth Injury Attorneys

Nevada Medical Malpractice Lawyers

One of the most devastating cases of medical malpractice is when it involves a birth injury. Babies are incredibly vulnerable during the delivery process, and if something goes wrong, it can cause a lifetime of health consequences. If your Nevada obstetrician does not execute the appropriate care during delivery and take the necessary precautions if the pregnancy has been high risk, your child could be subject to harm.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf you have delivered a baby with a birth injury, it is important that you talk to a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. One of our attorneys with birth injury litigation experience can review your case and attempt to connect you with a highly-qualified Nevada medical malpractice lawyer if your claim appears valid, at no additional cost.

Cerebral Palsy

One type of birth injury that may result from medical malpractice is cerebral palsy. In a healthy childbirth, the baby moves from the womb (low oxygen environment) into the world (high oxygen environment) without complications. If a problem does occur, there is a brief window where the baby can be born without serious health injuries, if the obstetrician acts quickly and knows what to do.

If your Nevada delivery doctor, nurse or midwife is not able to recognize the sign of a problem, he or she will not be able to immediately induce labor, or order an emergency Cesarean section.

This delay is a crucial time where the baby needs oxygen, but is still inside the mother’s womb. The result is often hypoxia (a lack of oxygen), which can cause increasing acidity in the blood which can lead to anoxia (complete oxygen deprivation). Serious brain injuries can then occur, including cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a broad term used to describe various brain and central nervous system injuries. If your child develops this disorder, he or she may experience involuntary movements, trouble with coordination, and developmental delays.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy occurs when a baby suffers damage to its brachial plexus—a bundle of nerves that control the muscles from the shoulder down to the fingers. This type of injury can cause temporary or permanent paralysis to the shoulder, arm or hand. It can also limit the child’s range of movement, and cause the affected arm to be shorter than the other arm.

Erb’s palsy may happen when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck against the mother’s pelvic bone and force is required to dislodge the child. Doctors will often use delivery tools such as a vacuum or forceps to deliver the child. Excessive force or improper use of these tools can increase the chance of injury to the brachial plexus. Prolonged labor, large babies and unusual birth positions can make shoulder dystocia more likely.

If you delivered a baby with a birth injury and you suspect medical malpractice, please fill out our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find you a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer to meet your needs and help you recover the money you and your family deserve.