Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life. But like with any medical condition requiring diagnosis and treatment, mistakes are made and babies and mothers are unnecessarily harmed. While most pregnancies go without a hitch, others are unpredictably challenging and require strict adherence to standards of care to provide both mom and baby with the best possible outcome. Even the more general cases can lead to problems that could have been avoided had practitioners followed proper standards of care.
Unfortunately, injuries to babies that occur during labor and delivery are often significant and permanent. Because babies are so fragile to begin with, they are already at much greater risk of harm even with the smallest of mishaps. Cooper Sevillano has seen first hand the devastating effects these injuries can have on a baby’s quality of life and the lives of those entrusted with the baby’s care. We understand that these cases pose unique challenges that require us to show compassion while also holding people accountable for their actions.
Examples of birth injury cases that Cooper Sevillano has investigated include:
- mismanagement of twins and triplets;
- breech births;
- traumatic brain injuries;
- cerebral palsy;
- Erb’s palsy;
- shoulder dystocia;
- abdominal dystocia;
- fractures mainly of the arms and legs;
- cord asphyxia;
- wrongful death.
Along these lines, Cooper Sevillano also has extensive experience investigating claims involving the medical care and treatment of mothers during their pregnancy. Common conditions that we have seen managed improperly include:
- gestational diabetes;
- anemia especially iron-deficiency;
- excessive weight gain;
- infections including sexually transmitted infections;
- preterm labor;
- depression and anxiety;
If you believe you or your baby has been harmed because of improper medical care or lack of attention, Cooper Sevillano wants to listen to how you feel things went wrong. It’s important to keep in mind that not every law firm has experience in medical malpractice claims involving harm to babies, and there can be a significant learning curve for lawyers new to obstetrical cases. At Cooper Sevillano we have established relationships with respected obstetrical, maternal-fetal-medicine and neonatology experts, and have extensive experience interpreting complex medical records dealing with obstetrical and gynecological issues. We welcome questions about our experience and familiarity with complex birth injury cases, and urge you to ask your lawyer about their experience as well.