In a report issued by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), it was noted that in 2006, there were over 157,000 injuries to newborns and their mothers that were potentially avoidable. An interesting fact is that out of these injuries, it did not matter what financial background the mother came from; the rate was consistent among both the wealthiest and poorest communities.

Considered a form of medical malpractice—which is defined is defined as any health care professional providing a level of care lower than the standard for the given position and situation—a birth injury can have serious consequences for both the mother and the newborn child – often creating life-changing after effects for all involved.

If your child has suffered a birth injury due to the actions or negligence of a medical professional, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit and recover compensation for damages and any additional medical care costs that may be required in the future.

At The Edwards Law Firm, our birth injury lawyers have many years of experience and charge no upfront costs to handle your birth injury lawsuit. For more information and your free case review, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.

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Causes of Birth Injuries

A birth injury is typically caused by any kind of medical malpractice during the birthing process. This includes incidents before, during and after the delivery of the infant.

Often referred to as delivery room negligence, the most common causes of birth injury include:

  • Overly aggressive force during delivery.
  • Waiting too long to perform a C-section even though the baby is clearly in distress.
  • Failing to seek necessary help of an obstetrician if the birth is being performed by a midwife.
  • Poor intubation of baby, resulting in hypoxia.
  • Insufficient prenatal testing which leads to delivery complications.

It’s important to note that birth injuries can also occur naturally. These types of injuries generally occur during vaginal or abdominal operative deliveries and are caused by a lack of oxygen or mechanical trauma.

  • Lack of Oxygen Injuries – These types of injuries happen when there is a stoppage in the oxygen supply to the infant. This can be caused by a squeezed or tangled umbilical cord or by asphyxiation on the fetus’s own fecal matter.
  • Mechanical Trauma Injuries – Mechanical trauma injuries usually occur because the baby assumes an unnatural position during childbirth or because the baby is too large to pass through the birth canal.

While these obstetrical traumas generally tend to decrease as women age, the rates of trauma varied significantly from women between the ages of 15 to 34 years.

For vaginal delivery without instrument (NOT using medical instruments to assist during the birth process), women between the ages of 15 to 17 years were most likely to suffer a birth trauma (approximately 48 deliveries per 1,000).

By comparison, for deliveries WITH instrument (using medical instruments to assist during child birth), women between the ages of 25 to 34 years old were the most susceptible to suffering a birth related trauma (approximately 193 deliveries per 1,000).

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Types of Birth Injuries

Unfortunately, birth injuries can cause disabilities that may last a lifetime.

Some typical kinds of birth injuries include:

Erbs Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Shoulder Dystocia
Brachial Plexus Damage
Oxygen Deprivation
Dejerine-Klumpke Palsy
Bone Fractures
Mental Retardation
Spinal Cord Injury
Brain Damage
Internal Bleeding
Lexapro Birth Defects
Paxil Birth Defects
Proton Pump Inhibitors Birth Defects
Proton Pump Inhibitors Bone Fractures
Prozac Birth Defects
Shoulder Dystocia
Zoloft Birth Defects

In many cases, the costs of hospitalization and continued medical treatment can be crushing for the families involved. Remedial therapies, medication, home services and other costs can often be simply un-affordable for those that have been affected due to the negligence of another person.

At the Edwards Law Firm, we STRONGLY believe that people and companies need to be help liable and accountable for their mistakes. With a hard won history of fighting for the rights of the individual – not large corporations and companies – our skilled team of lawyers have the desire and determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.

Contingency-Basis Fees & Charges

As responsible and contributing members to our local communities, we feel that everyone should have access to complete legal counsel. With that in mind, our attorneys work on a contingency-only basis. What that means is that we do NOT charge you for our fees and services unless we win a settlement or verdict for you.

For those that are unsure if they have a case, we also provide a 100% FREE initial case review – which allows potential clients to send us the details of their injuries, which our legal team will carefully review and then determine if there are grounds to file a lawsuit.

If so, we will then advise on the best way to move forward with the litigation.

Oklahoma Birth Injury Lawsuits

If you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury caused by Oklahoma medical negligence, it is important to have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer by your side. In order to be awarded compensation for your child’s injury, you must show proof of negligence on behalf of the medical professionals.

With over 50 years of combined legal experience and $100 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, our experienced birth injury lawyers have the ability to successfully prepare and present the facts of your case to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

To find out more, please call us on 1-800-304-9246 – a member from our intake staff will collect some information about your case, and then quickly refer you to one of our attorneys to discuss the merits of your potential lawsuit.