If something goes wrong before, during, or shortly after the delivery of a baby, the consequences may be permanent. When doctors and nurses make mistakes, parents live with the consequences. Every year in Texas, families struggle to move forward after their baby experiences life-long complications due to negligent care. Even among the top-ranking hospitals in the state such as Houston Methodist Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center medical errors can occur.
In the United States, there are tens of thousands of birth injuries every year — many of which result in lifelong complications or even death. Perhaps even worse, it’s estimated that roughly half of all birth injuries could have been prevented with more attentive care.
For families that have been devastated by birth injuries, Sokolove Law has successfully secured more than $708 million for families to help pay for short- and long-term costs associated with preventable medical errors.
Possible Birth Injuries
Babies can suffer from a wide array of injuries at birth, including:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Brain damage
- Brain swelling
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy (brachial plexus palsy)
- Facial paralysis
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, HIE (Injury to brain cells from lack of oxygen)
- Skull fracture
- Symptoms of Birth Injury
If you are concerned that your newborn or child may be injured, for whatever reason, speak with your doctor immediately.
Symptoms of Birth Injury
Below are some of the most common symptoms of birth injury:
- A “floppy” appearance, indicating lack of muscle tone
- Abrasions, bruises, marks, or swelling on the baby’s face, head, or shoulder(s)
- Failure of the infant to breathe independently after delivery
- One arm that appears limp
- CPR or introduction of a breathing tube to resuscitate the infant
- Seizures that develop within 48 hours of delivery
This is not a complete list of birth injury symptoms. Some injuries can be recognized immediately, while other children may take months or years to start showing signs of a problem. If you suspect your child is displaying signs or symptoms of delayed development, you should consult with your doctor immediately.
Birth Injury Lawyers in Texas
When a baby sustains a birth injury, it can be deeply confusing for parents. To make matters worse, hospitals are well-practiced in shutting claims down.
After determining whether your child has suffered a birth injury, the next step is to contact and hire a qualified lawyer to help you through the process of filing a lawsuit.
A reputable Texas birth injury lawyer is going to know the relevant case law and regulations that apply in Texas. They can help your family understand your legal rights, the hospital’s liability, and if it is appropriate to file a lawsuit.
In the middle of an exhausting and painful tragedy, many parents must fight against a team of powerful hospital lawyers who have many ways to shut down valid claims.
Hiring a birth injury lawyer in Texas levels the playing field. It gives you an advocate who will ensure that you and your family are treated fairly.
Sokolove Law has more than 40 years of experience advocating for families who have had their lives turned upside down by a medical error or malpractice, including birth injuries. We know how to stand up to hospitals and insurance companies, and we promise to fight to make sure that you and your baby are not silenced. Our lawyers will help you file a claim that takes all expenses into account, including a lifetime’s worth of medical bills and adaptive equipment.
Whether the injury happened in a small health center outside Corpus Christi or a major hospital in Houston, we are here to help your family reclaim financial security and move forward with confidence. We can help you gather the documentation you need in order to file your claim as quickly as possible. Time is an important factor to consider, as all claims are subject to state-level statutes of limitations, which determine how much time you have to take legal action.
Sokolove Law has helped families in Texas from El Paso to Houston and Amarillo to Brownsville affected by birth trauma or injuries recover over $35 million in compensation.
We are ready to listen to your story and provide you the information needed to move forward.
Contact us today at (832) 384-8875 for a free consultation with one of our Nurse Case Managers.