Midland Birth Injury Lawyers
Filing a Birth Injury Lawsuit
Few things are as devastating as realizing that your child has suffered a serious, life-changing injury due to a trusted medical provider’s negligence. At Hanna Allen, PLLC, we represent children, parents, and families whose lives have been forever altered as a result of preventable medical errors and acts of malpractice. With more than 150 years of combined experience and a proven track record of success—including hundreds of millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients—our Midland birth injury attorneys have what it takes to effectively advocate for you and your family.
Most importantly, we truly care about helping you heal. We know that no amount of financial compensation can make up for the serious injury your child has suffered or the effects of that injury on their life. However, we have seen firsthand how a fair settlement or verdict can provide families with the resources they need to get back on their feet, obtain the best possible medical care for their children, and move forward with their lives. Our goal is to help you navigate this difficult time in your life and secure the justice you and your child deserve.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can affect both infants and mothers. Some common examples include:
- Brachial Plexus Injuries: A brachial plexus injury occurs when the bundle of nerves responsible for hand and arm movement/sensation (known as the brachial plexus nerves) is damaged during delivery. This is often a result of a medical provider forcefully twisting or turning an infant’s head to one side, resulting in stretching or tearing of the nerves.
- Cephalohematoma: Cephalohematoma is a condition in which blood pools between the scalp and skull bone, resulting in a raised lump on the infant’s head. Often, cephalohematomas are reabsorbed by the body naturally, typically in about two weeks to three months. However, in some cases, large hematomas can lead to jaundice as blood cells begin to break down.
- Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children, often resulting from abnormal brain development or oxygen deprivation during the birth process. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that affects the individual’s muscle tone, coordination, balance, posture, and/or movement.
- Erb’s Palsy: Erb’s palsy is a condition in which damage to the brachial plexus nerves causes weakness in the arm and/or shoulder on the affected side. Common symptoms of Erb’s palsy include paralysis, limpness of the shoulder or arm, numbness and/or tingling, and curling of the fingers with the palm of the hand pointed back.
- Facial Paralysis: Facial paralysis may occur in newborns who suffer facial nerve damage during delivery or birth. This is more common in infants who are born with the use of forceps, vacuum extractors, and other assistive birthing devices. In most cases, facial paralysis is temporary and will heal on its own or with treatment.
- Fractures: Both infants and mothers can sustain broken bones during delivery. Common bone fractures in infants include broken collarbones (clavicles), arms, and legs. Mothers, meanwhile, may suffer fractured or bruised tailbones (coccyx) as a result of pressure from the infant’s head during birth.
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, occurs when an infant’s oxygen supply is reduced or cut off. This can lead to significant brain damage and dysfunction, including HIE. This is a serious birth injury that can result from a variety of factors, including preeclampsia, maternal diabetes, and medical negligence.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Oxygen deprivation is one of the most common—and most serious—birth injuries. There are two main types of oxygen deprivation: anoxia, in which there is a total lack of oxygen supply, and hypoxia, in which oxygen supply is reduced but not entirely cut off. Both anoxia and hypoxia can lead to significant, irreversible, or fatal brain damage.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Pelvic organ prolapse is a serious condition that may affect mothers after childbirth. It occurs when the ligaments and muscles that support the pelvic organs, such as the uterus and bladder, weaken and the pelvic organs drop lower into the pelvis. This can, in turn, result in a bulge in the vagina.
- Uterine Rupture: Uterine rupture is a rare, life-threatening condition in which the uterine walls break down as a result of pressure caused by pregnancy. This can lead to numerous complications, including hemorrhaging and the movement of the fetus from the uterus into the peritoneal cavity. The risk of uterine rupture is greater in women who give birth naturally and have delivered babies via cesarean section (C-section) in the past.
Many birth injuries have devastating consequences for infants and mothers. If you or your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, or if your child or the mother of your child tragically passed away due to a traumatic birth injury, you deserve justice.
Our Midland birth injury attorneys can help you hold the liable parties accountable by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. We have successfully represented clients in cases against doctors, midwives, obstetricians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers.
What to Do If You or Your Child Suffers a Birth Injury
If you or your child has suffered a birth injury, and you believe the cause was a medical provider’s preventable error or negligence, we encourage you to consult an experienced birth injury right away. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party and recover compensation for your damages, but your time to do so is limited.
In most cases, you only have two years from the date of the injury to file a birth injury lawsuit in Texas. If you did not discover the injury right away, you may have two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered to file your lawsuit. In any case, it is always better to take immediate action. The sooner you contact an attorney at our firm, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence and building a powerful case on your behalf.
We also recommend that you preserve any evidence you have, such as medical records and bills for treatment, and provide them to your attorney. The more supporting evidence your case has, the more likely it is that you will be able to recover a favorable settlement. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, our Midland birth injury lawyers are prepared to aggressively advocate for you at trial.