Experienced Birth Injury Attorneys in Tulsa
Fighting on Behalf of Families
It is estimated that nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States every year, many of which happen without complications. Unfortunately, it is also estimated that 7 out of every 1,000 children born in the country sustain some form of birth injury that can range from minor to severe.
Although not every single birth injury that occurs is the result of medical negligence, many are and, if you believe your baby’s birth injury was caused by medical negligence, you will need a skilled medical malpractice attorney on your side to fight for the compensation you deserve and to ensure the responsible party is held liable for your baby’s injuries.
At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping families of babies who sustained birth injuries at the hands of a negligent medical professional. Backed by over 150 years of collective legal experience, you can rest assured your case will be good hands with us.
Take the first step toward achieving justice and contact our law office today at (918) 347-6456 to learn more about how our team can help you.
What is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is a specific kind of injury that happens during birth that causes a disability or disorder in an otherwise healthy infant. While birth defects are usually unavoidable, birth injuries tend to be caused by medical negligence that can occur during pregnancy, the delivery process, or immediately following delivery. Some factors that could potentially lead to a difficult delivery and result in an injury or injuries to a newborn baby include:
- The size of the mother’s pelvis
- The position of the baby
- The size of the baby
- The number of pregnancies the mother has previously experienced
- Prolonged labor
- A large fetal head
- The use of assistive birthing tools, such as a vacuum extraction tool or forceps
- Pelvic abnormalities in the mother
Birth injuries are not always minor and, in fact, some can result in permanent disabilities and lifelong complications that can require costly medical treatment or round-the-clock care. Medical professionals must properly monitor both mother and child throughout pregnancy and labor to detect early signs of fetal distress in order to avoid these terrible injuries.
Some of the most serious injuries that a baby can sustain as a result of medical negligence include:
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Facial paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder dystocia
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Fetal death
Many of these injuries, such as cerebral palsy, have lifelong effects and cannot be cured. This is why it is imperative to file a lawsuit and recover damages that cover the costs of your baby’s current and future medical bills.
Helping Victims of Birth Injuries
If your baby sustained injuries as a result of medical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your child’s:
- Medical costs
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Scarring or physical deformities
- Past and future medical expenses
- Future loss of earnings the parents might suffer as a result of them caring for the child
- Extraordinary care, such as special education or hired caregivers
Compassionate Oklahoma Birth Injury Attorneys
Realizing that your child was injured by a medical professional you put your trust in is an emotionally devastating experience. You should not have to suffer in silence or shoulder the burden of having to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
Instead, take action and reach out to a skilled and compassionate legal team to fight for the compensation you and your family deserves. At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC, our team of birth injury attorneys is here to provide the exceptional representation you need during this difficult time.
Get started on your birth injury case today by calling our office at (918) 347-6456 to request a free initial case evaluation. You will not owe us any legal fees unless we win your case.
Birth Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who can be held responsible for a birth injury?
Anyone who was involved in the medical care of the expectant mother and child during delivery, birth or shortly afterward (neonatal care) may be held responsible for a birth injury if they were negligent. In some cases the medical institution (hospital, birthing center, medical practice etc.) may be held accountable.
What do I do if my child suffered a birth injury?
If your child was injured during childbirth, you should immediately seek remedial medical care. It’s crucial for the safety and well-being of your child. If you suspect that medical negligence was the cause of your child’s birth injury, a lawyer can give you peace of mind by helping you to find the truth.
Why should I file a birth injury claim?
Deliveries can be unpredictable, and not every birth injury is preventable. However, if a physician is negligent in providing prenatal care, or makes a medical error during or after the delivery that results in serious injury to the infant, than he or she can be held responsible for medical malpractice, and monetary damages can be assessed. A successful action can provide your family with reimbursement for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and even the cost of future care for your child.
How much time do I have to bring the claim?
It’s important to remember that Oklahoma law states that birth injury cases must be filed within seven years of the time the injury occurred, for minors under the age of twelve years old. To make a clear determination about whether have a birth injury claim, please contact our Oklahoma birth injury lawyers at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux for a thorough review relevant medical records.