At the Erlichman Law Firm, in Phoenix, Arizona, we are experienced in providing skilled, caring and aggressive legal representation related to birth errors and medical malpractice throughout the state of Arizona.
If you believe that you or someone that you love has been hurt as a result of a birth error, we invite you to get in touch with attorney Joseph Erlichman, to discuss your legal concerns and obtain a free initial consultation.
When Birth Injuries Occur
There are many ways in which birth injuries can occur, including:
- If excessive force is applied in the delivery of a child
- If there is a delay in performing a necessary C-section delivery
- If a delivery team fails to properly anticipate the size of a child
- If the pre-natal care team does not provide adequate care and there is a failure to diagnose a medical issue
Birth injuries are most often caused by operative deliveries, whether vaginal or abdominal rather than spontaneous deliveries.
Common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Temporary paralysis
- Brain damage (fetal brain injury)
- Fractured collar bones
- Shoulder dystocia
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brachial plexus palsy
When the Brain Is Affected by a Birth Injury
The most serious birth injuries are those that affect the brain. They are caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding within the skull or brain. These injuries vary greatly in severity. They may lead to long-term seizure disorders or cause cerebral palsy or mental retardation. Additionally, wrongfully prescribed medications can cause birth injuries.
Generally in these cases, an attorney can pursue compensation to cover long-term medical needs and compensation for additional expenses that may be associated with raising a developmentally disabled child. If the child dies from the results of the medical negligence, a wrongful death action may also be appropriate.
Lawyer Joseph Erlichman handled a birth injury case involving cerebral palsy caused by an improperly performed C-section delivery. In that particular case, there was a settlement in the six-figure range.
Free Initial Consultation
To learn more about how we can help you, please call our law office at 602-224-0062 or e-mail the law firm to arrange for a free initial consultation with attorney Joseph Erlichman.
Attorney fees are deducted from the recovered compensation after reimbursement of costs and expenses. In the event that no compensation is recovered, clients may be responsible for some court costs and expenses.