$73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury
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.
Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury
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.
$2.5 Million Surgical Negligence
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
Our team obtained a $2 million settlement on behalf of a client who was catastrophically injured due to a hospital's failure to diagnose (missed diagnosis).
$1.75 Million Wrongful Death
We secured $1.75 million after a wrongful death that occurred after a complication from a colonoscopy.
Types of Birth Injuries Resulting from Medical Negligence
Birth injuries are physical or neurological injuries sustained by a newborn during labor, delivery, or shortly after birth. These injuries can have long-lasting effects on the child's health and quality of life and even result in fatalities during or after delivery.
There are many types of birth injuries that can result from medical negligence in New Mexico, including:
This birth injury is a movement disorder resulting from brain damage before, during, or after birth. It can result from medical negligence due to excessive pulling on the infant’s head during delivery, failure to detect fetal distress, failure to detect and treat maternal infections, and the improper use of delivery tools (such as forceps or extraction devices).
This birth injury entails damage to the brachial plexus (the nerves connecting the spine to the arms and shoulders). This can result from medical negligence involving too much pressure on newborns’ shoulders during a vaginal delivery, improperly pulling the baby’s head or neck during birth, and excessive force to pull on the baby’s feet during feet-first (“breech”) deliveries.
Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that occurs when the baby's shoulder gets stuck behind the mother's pubic bone after the head has been delivered. The prolonged compression of the umbilical cord can lead to a lack of oxygen, and the baby's brachial plexus nerves can be stretched or injured.
Shoulder dystocia can result from medical negligence when healthcare providers fail to identify all relevant risk factors, improperly use forceps or vacuum extraction devices, fail to perform a timely cesarean section (C-section) or administer care with insufficient training or preparation.
While this is far from a comprehensive list, other common birth injuries resulting from medical negligence include:
- Kernicterus: This birth injury involves severe brain damage. It affects babies and newborns due to untreated jaundice.
- Spinal cord injuries: Babies can sustain spinal cord injuries due to physical trauma during labor or delivery.
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL): This birth injury involves damage to the white matter in the baby’s brain.
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE): This birth injury entails extreme brain damage due to lack of oxygen or blood flow.
Why Do Birth Injuries Occur?
While many birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice, negligent providers aren’t the sole cause of birth injuries. The unfortunate reality is that the causes of birth injuries can remain unknown, leaving families to grapple with a frustrating lack of knowledge. There may also be other factors at play, such as maternal health conditions, genetic factors, or natural causes.
In other cases, however, medical negligence is to blame. Common examples of medical negligence leading to birth injuries include: