Birth Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

As beautiful as it is to bring a child into the world, childbirth is also a delicate medical process. Infants can suffer a variety of injuries before, during, and immediately following labor that may have catastrophic consequences for them and the rest of their family. Because of this serious risk, it is of the utmost importance that doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers follow proper protocol and standards of care for childbirth in order to prevent devastating birth injuries.

If your child has sustained serious birth trauma and / or injury, then the matter should be evaluated to assess whether or not the injury was caused by medical malpractice. A San Francisco personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. is ready to help.

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Recovering Compensation for Families

Childbirth is a process that can lead to bruising and swelling or edema that can result from standard medical techniques and proper care. Most of these injuries have a favorable rate of recovery; however, some of the more serious injuries, such as hypoxia induced cerebral palsy, are not easily remedied, if at all. At the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., we have been able to successfully recover compensation for children and their parents who have sustained a variety of childbirth-related injuries.

Some of the cases we have handled included a medical professional's failure to:

  • Adequately monitor the fetal heart rate
  • Respond in a timely fashion to fetal distress as indicated on the heart rate monitor
  • Perform a timely cesarean section
  • Respond in a timely fashion to uterine rupture
  • Monitor amniotic fluid in a postdate pregnancy
  • Adequately record the correct delivery date
  • Offer the option of a C-section when multiple risk factors are at play
  • Monitor the fetus continuously with use of certain drugs during induction of labor
  • Monitor the administration of drugs to augment or induce labor
  • Treat infection evident in birth mother in labor
  • Treat preeclampsia
  • Test for fetal well-being where indicated before labor

We also have been able to successfully recover compensation for birth injuries due to:

  • Delay in performing emergency C-section
  • Vaginal birth after C-section leading to uterine rupture
  • Waiting too long to deliver (delaying labor induction can be a negligent act)
  • Vaginal delivery with herpes lesions evident
  • Incorrect dosage of induction drug being administered
  • Incorrect use of forceps or vacuum extractors in delivery
  • Breach birth presentation

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What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for brain injury leading to a group of permanent disorders that impede the development of bodily functions including movement and nerve functions.

Most of the actions outlined above can potentially cause cerebral palsy. In general, it can be caused by birth trauma, hypoxia, medications, drug use or other types of activities interfering with the flow of oxygen and blood between mother and child. Lack of oxygen (anoxia) or reduced oxygen levels (hypoxia) to an infant's brain are often the actual causes of cerebral palsy.

There are many other physical, developmental, and cognitive birth injuries not listed here that can result from medical malpractice and negligence. The Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. can help you determine if you or your child has been the victim of improper medical care, and we will take steps to recover just and deserved compensation for those injuries.

Retain Our Qualified Legal Counsel Today

If you are a parent who is grieving the loss of a child or witnessing your child suffering because of the errors performed by negligent doctors, nurses, hospitals, or OB/GYNs, you need to contact our firm right away. We have years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice situations, and we may be able to help you as well.

It is important that you act quickly within the two-year statute of limitations. If you have questions or concerns regarding your specific situation, do not hesitate to seek out our legal help.

Contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. for reliable representation you can trust.