Birth Injury Attorneys at Sloan Firm in Texas and New Mexico:
Welcoming your child into the world should be a cheerful experience for your family. Sadly, negligent medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and negligent facilities can turn childbirth into a traumatic experience for families, everywhere.
Both expecting mothers and newborns are vulnerable to birth injuries due to the natural risks of active labor. While giving birth is much safer now with the advancements of modern medicine, birth injuries are still happening everywhere - even with the highest quality of medical care. Our experienced birth injury attorneys at Sloan firm are committed and experienced in navigating birth injury claims, so you can focus on healing. You can take the first step today by contacting us for a free consultation.
Taking the first step in receiving justice, healing, and compensation for you or your child’s birth injury is a substantial decision. Here is how our birth injury attorneys at Sloan Firm can help:
How Do Texas Birth Injury Claims Work?
In Texas, Birth Injury claims are defined as injuries that occur only in the process of childbirth - not prior to birth or after. To settle and prove a birth injury claim, the defendant (typically the hospital, birthing center, or sometimes an individual) violated a standard of care that injured the child.
If your child suffered from any of the following birth injures or any others not mentioned, please contact our Texas birth injury lawyers, today:
- Organ Injuries - pancreas, kidneys and livers, and bowel damage.
- Erb’s Palsy - resulting from excessive force on the baby’s head as the doctor attempts to extract from the birthing canal - leading to nerve damage, temporary paralysis, or permanent paralysis.
- Cerebral Palsy - a neurological disorder which can sometimes be the result of a lack of oxygen during labor. Cerebral Palsy is a severe, life-long neurological disorder affecting children’s motor skills, cognitive processing, in addition to causing seizures and muscle spasms. It’s paramount for medical professionals to monitor the oxygen level of infants at all times.
- Bone Fractures - breaks to the bone, such as the calf, clavicle, or femur.
- Head and Face Injuries - these injuries often cause facial asymmetry or hematoma in many parts of the body, but most often occurring in the head.
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How Do New Mexico Birth Injury Claims Work?
In New Mexico, Injury claims are also defined as injuries that occur only in the process of childbirth - not prior to birth or after. To settle and prove a birth injury claim, the defendant (typically the birthing center, hospital, or sometimes an individual) violated a standard of care that injured the child.
If your child suffered from any of the following birth injures or any others not mentioned, please contact our New Mexico birth injury lawyers, today:
- Spinal Injuries - these injuries range from “complete” to “incomplete” depending on the severity of each injury. “Complete spinal injuries” are typically defined as the spinal cord being completely severed, which results in a lifetime of paralysis. “Incomplete spinal injuries” are when the spine is not fully severed or torn, rather a section of the spine is - resulting in partial loss of sensation. In few instances, infants with incomplete spinal injuries can fully recover.
- Horner Syndrome - this syndrome is often affected with brachial plexus injury, and it presents itself with a drooping eyelid on the side of the face that suffered the most impact.
- Brachial Plexus Injuries (Erb’s Palsy and Klumpke’s Palsy) - Erb’s Palsy results from excessive force on the baby’s head as the doctor attempts to extract from the birthing canal - leading to nerve damage, temporary paralysis, or permanent paralysis. Klumpke’s Palsy results from nerve injuries surrounding the infant’s shoulder - often leading to paralysis of the lower arm and hand
- Broken Bones - breaks to the bone, often on the the clavicle, arm bones, or leg bones.
Birth Injuries vs. Birth Defects:
An easy misconception is confusing birth injuries and birth defects. While both types of diagnosis are liable for a claim, it’s important to know the differences between a birth injury claim and a birth defect claim. A birth defect is a medical issue a fetus develops prior to being born. Alternatively, birth injuries occur due to physical trauma experienced during the birthing process. Typically, birth injuries are more preventable than birth defects.
Regardless of what category your situation falls under, birth injuries have a long-lasting and catastrophic impact. Therefore, our team of birth injury attorneys in Texas and New Mexico are committed to getting you the compensation you need to sustain these birth injury impacts. Give us a call for a free consultation, we look forward to helping you.
What To Do After a Birth Injury Takes Place:
After experiencing the trauma of a painful birth injury, the following days are confusing, overwhelming, and down-right scary. We want to support our clients as soon as possible, so they can work on getting their life back. If you find yourself in this position, here is what our birth injury attorneys advise you to do next:
Step 1: Legal Consultation: In order to get the compensation and justice you deserve, you need to understand the proper legal steps to take. Consult with an experienced birth injury attorney so they can guide and support you.
Step 2: Gather The Evidence: Succeeding in gaining compensation for your birth injury claim requires evidence. Fortunately, our birth injury attorneys know where to look to find the evidence you need to get your life back on track. We will work diligently to find the answers you need.
Step 3: Damage Assessment: In order to distinguish the amount of compensation you need, we need to assess the level of damages - some birth injuries have temporary issues that clear up over time, while other birth injuries are severe and last a lifetime. Our team will figure this out for you and negotiate the fair price you deserve.
Step 4: Submit Paperwork: Birth injury lawsuits can require tons of legal effort, from requesting medical records to submitting documents to the court, but our Birth Injury Lawyers handle all of that for you. We have a highly-skilled team that is committed to taking care of this legal process so you can focus on what matters most - healing.