Filing a Los Angeles Birth Injury Lawsuit
Deciding to file a birth injury lawsuit in Los Angeles can be a wrenching process for any parent. However, when harm occurs to the most vulnerable among us, legal action is often required, and we at Ellis Law have the experience and knowledge necessary to fight for justice on their behalf.
If your child has suffered serious injuries as a result of a healthcare professional’s acts or omissions during the birthing process, you owe it to your entire family to enlist the help of a seasoned Los Angeles birth injury attorney.
Facts about birth injuries
Recent estimates suggest that at least three of every 100 babies born the in U.S. will be affected by a serious birth-related injury.
While many such injuries are the unavoidable result of irregularities in the size and placement of the baby within the birth canal, others may have been avoided if proper care and attention had been paid by the healthcare professionals present during labor and delivery. When mistakes happen and severe harm to the infant results, filing a lawsuit may be the only avenue of recourse available to parents who are understandably grief-stricken and attempting to come to terms with the difficult road that lies ahead.
Children who are born with serious birth injuries in California often face tremendous physical, developmental and emotional challenges that will require expensive, ongoing therapy and treatment. The cost of such care can prove financially crippling for families, and it is therefore essential for parents of children affected by birth injuries to seek appropriate compensation for the harm sustained.
At Ellis Law, we understand the pain, sadness and disappointment that can come with watching a child struggle with the effects of a birth injury. For that reason, we have dedicated ourselves to advocacy on behalf of negligence victims and have built a vast network of medical experts, researchers and investigators to help us secure the financial recovery you deserve.
Common birth injuries
While many birth injuries are relatively insignificant in nature and resolve on their own soon after delivery, others are far more severe, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brachial plexus injury
- Compression of umbilical cord
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Bone fractures
- Systemic infections
- Internal bleeding
Though every instance of birth injury represents a traumatic event for parents and babies alike, they do not all give rise to legal liability on the part of the healthcare professionals present during labor and delivery. However, when physicians or others deviate from the accepted standard of care or fails to identify conditions that threaten the health of the mother or child during the birthing process, they can be found liable.
It will be necessary to establish that the medical professional owed a duty of due care, that it was indeed breached and that the breach caused your child’s injury. The amount of damages will also need to be proved in order to calculate your potential recovery. These tasks are extremely complex, and that is why Ellis Law is affiliated with an extensive group of experts who will help us assemble the most persuasive case possible.
Typical physician acts and omissions in birth injury cases
The majority of doctors and labor support staff do their job each day in accordance with the appropriate standard of care. However, there are times when they commit one or more acts or omissions that have devastating consequences for the babies they are working to deliver, including:
- Failure to sufficiently monitor heart rates
- Improper use of forceps
- Ordering an untimely Cesarean section
- Inaccurate prenatal assessment
- C-section mistakes
- Failure to detect pelvic fit problems
- Overdosing of pitocin or other drugs
- Faulty timing of induction procedures
If your child was born with serious injuries due to one or more such deviations from the accepted standard of medical care, the Ellis Law team would like to help you assess your options. It may be that your child will need a lifetime of extensive, costly treatment due to harm suffered at birth, and it is our mission to help you secure the financial resources necessary to provide it.
The lasting impact of birth injuries
Every parent who has had a child impacted by a serious birth injury will attest to the feelings of heartbreak and despair such situations bring. Grieving the loss of the hopes and dreams they had for their child and learning to embrace the challenges that await is not an easy process.
If you find yourself in this difficult position, take heart in the fact that help is available. The law provides you with the ability to seek financial compensation to defray the costs of caring for your disabled child that can include:
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Medical expenses
- In-home healthcare services
- Home renovations to improve accessibility
- Special education services
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
The financial burdens facing families whose children have been injured at birth can be truly staggering. Thus, it is critical that compensation be pursued in a timely fashion. The birth injury lawyers at Ellis Law will guide you through every stage of the legal process, ensuring that your complaint is timely filed, engaging in settlement negotiations and proceeding to trial if need be. Each of our clients can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to maximize their recovery and obtain the monetary resources they need to provide a brighter future for their child.
Birth injury lawsuit in Los Angeles, CA
The agony that results from severe birth injuries cannot be overstated and is often permanent in nature. The dashed hopes and lifetime of worry that accompany such tragedies are things that no parent should ever experience. Fortunately, with the help of skilled lawyers, financial compensation for such harm can be within reach. For over 20 years, Ellis Law has provided clients with unrivaled service, aggressive advocacy and impressive results.
To begin a legal course of action, please contact a personal injury lawyer at 310-641-3335. We offer a no-cost initial consultation to assess the facts of your case and discuss possible next steps in your search for justice.