Tulsa Attorneys Representing Clients Affected by Birth Injuries
Based in Tulsa, The Barkett Law Firm focuses in the areas of personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice, representing injured consumers and accident victims throughout Oklahoma. Our attorneys have significant experience with cases involving birth injuries caused by a health care provider's negligence or mistake.
Birth complications & resulting injuries
In some cases, birth injuries occur as the result of negligent medical care or a mistake made by a doctor, midwife, nurse or other health care provider, such as lack of fetal monitoring, excessive use of a vacuum extractor, improper use of delivery forceps, complications arising from a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), delays in nonproductive births moving to c-sections, and surgical errors.
While carelessness or error is not always the cause of a birth injury or condition, some birth injuries are avoidable with proper anticipation, recognition and monitoring of certain risk factors, such as the baby's size and position. Miscalculations made during the delivery process can lead to many serious complications and injuries, which may in turn cause specific disorders, lifelong problems and even death. Conditions that may result from birth injuries include:
- Cerebral Palsy - Cerebral palsy affects a person's ability to control muscle movements, and may also cause seizures and mental retardation. The condition may result from injuries sustained during birth and oxygen deprivation.
- Brachial Plexus Injury, also known as Erb's Palsy - Erb's palsy may result from a stretch or tear of the nerves in the neck and upper chest during delivery, and lead to loss of movement and feeling in the arm, hand and fingers.
- Shoulder Dystocia - Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby's shoulders fail to deliver soon after the head, which may result in fractures to the baby's collar bone, brachial plexus injury and maternal hemorrhage.
- Fractures & Broken Bones - Fractures and broken bones may result if a baby is delivered with too much force or in an improper manner.
- Facial Cuts, Bruises & Paralysis - The use of forceps during delivery can lead to cuts or bruises on the face and head. Facial paralysis can even result if facial nerves are damaged by significant pressure.
- Asphyxia - Birth asphyxia occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen before, during, or just after birth, which may cause abnormal heart rate or rhythm and/or increased acid levels in the baby's blood.
Winning a medical malpractice claim based on a birth injury is often a complex process requiring knowledge of obstetrics and pediatrics, acquisition of persuasive expert testimony, and the resources to take on powerful adversaries, including doctors, hospitals and their insurance companies. The personal injury attorneys at The Barkett Law Firm have handled many challenging birth injury cases, and we will work with energy and conviction to help you receive maximum compensation for your damages.
Seek an experienced legal team in Tulsa
If your baby sustained an injury before, during or soon after birth, or if you believe an avoidable complication occurred during your baby's delivery, please contact The Barkett Law Firm in Tulsa to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. As our client, you pay no legal fees until we recover on your behalf.