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The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.
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The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.
$12 Million Birth Injury
The attorneys at Buckingham & Vega obtained a $12 million birth injury settlement.
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Our team obtained a $2.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case that involved a gallbladder removal. The surgeon failed to identify the proper anatomy and cut the wrong duct.
$2 Million Hospital Negligence
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$1.75 Million Wrongful Death
We secured $1.75 million after a wrongful death that occurred after a complication from a colonoscopy.
What Is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is any form of harm or injury sustained by a mother or an infant during the labor and delivery process. They can range from minor injuries to severe and life-altering conditions. Birth injuries can occur due to a variety of reasons, including medical negligence and malpractice, and often have a profound impact on everyone involved.
If a birth injury is caused by medical negligence, families may be entitled to pursue damages to compensate for the harm and suffering caused by the negligent healthcare provider. Our passionate birth injury lawyers can help prepare your case by fortifying your claim with strong evidence and guiding your legal steps wisely from start to finish.
Types of Birth Injuries
Many types of birth injuries can occur during pregnancy and childbirth. Common types of birth injuries include:
- Brachial palsy: Brachial palsy occurs when there is damage to nerves in the brachial plexus, which controls movement and sensation in the arms and hands. This tends to occur during difficult deliveries, such as when a baby's shoulder gets stuck during childbirth.
- Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects movement and muscle coordination. It can be caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain during labor and delivery, which can occur due to medical negligence.
- Erb's palsy: Erb's palsy is a type of brachial palsy that specifically affects the upper arm. It can result from shoulder dystocia, a condition where the baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone during delivery.
- Facial paralysis: Facial paralysis can occur when the facial nerve is damaged during delivery. This can occur if excessive force is applied to the baby's head during labor or if tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors are used improperly.
- Brain damage: Brain damage can result from a variety of factors, including oxygen deprivation, trauma during delivery, and infections. It can lead to lifelong disabilities and require extensive medical care.
- Bone fractures: Bone fractures can occur during delivery, especially if excessive force is used or if the baby is in an abnormal position. Common areas for fractures include the clavicle, collarbone, and skull.
If you or your child suffered a birth injury, our articulate advocates can work tirelessly to maximize your claim’s value and hold liable parties accountable for the harm they have inflicted on the lives of you and your family.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Medical negligence and malpractice can play significant roles in birth injury cases. Common examples of medical negligence resulting in birth injuries include:
- Failure to monitor: Medical staff not properly monitoring the fetus's heart rate and other vital signs during labor can lead to severe complications.
- Delay in performing cesarean sections (C-sections): If medical professionals do not act promptly when a cesarean section is required, it can result in oxygen deprivation and subsequent brain damage to the baby.
- Improper use of medical tools: The incorrect or unnecessary use of forceps, vacuum extractors, or other birth-assisting tools can cause physical injuries.
- Neglecting to treat infections: If infections in the mother are not detected and treated promptly, they can spread to the baby and cause severe damage.
- Mishandling shoulder dystocia: If a baby's shoulder gets stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone and isn't addressed correctly, it can lead to nerve damage and injuries like Erb's palsy.
- Improper use of labor-inducing drugs: Overuse or improper administration of drugs like Pitocin to induce labor can lead to fast, violent contractions that can injure the baby.
- Failure to diagnose and address fetal distress: If signs of fetal distress are overlooked or not acted upon promptly, it can lead to critical situations and potential injury.
- Neglecting to perform necessary prenatal testing: This can result in missing crucial information about the baby's or mother's health, leading to preventable complications during birth.