There is nothing more tragic than when a young life is compromised from the moment of birth, especially when the negligence of one or more members of the delivery room personnel is to blame. Injuries caused by medical malpractice are particularly frustrating in that they are preventable; victims of medical malpractice are harmed by the failure of healthcare professionals to provide care of a reasonable standard, as established under similar circumstances by their competent peers. When these medical malpractice victims are voiceless infants, the need for aggressive legal representation becomes even more urgent.
At the Law Offices of Edward Deason, families in search of experienced Torrance personal injury attorneys will find the most committed and skilled advocate for their rights in the state of California. Among Torrance birth injury attorneys, Mr. Deason is distinguished by his impressive history of success and his enviable record of settlements and verdicts. If your newborn was harmed by the negligent or deliberately wrongful actions of a medical professional during the birth process, we encourage you to put Attorney Deason to work on your behalf.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
When you entrust your health to a licensed medical professional, whether a physician, surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider, you are entitled to care of a certain standard. This standard is set at what should be expected of a competent professional under the same circumstances, whatever those circumstances may be. While you will hopefully receive care above that standard, you should be able to depend on care that at least meets that minimal standard.
Of course, medical professionals are human, and they are not expected to be perfect. However, when they fall below the standard of competent care, and an injury or death ensues, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. There are certain errors - often the result of carelessness, exhaustion, or the influence of drugs or alcohol - that cannot be excused because they never should be made by a professional.
Delivery room personnel must be trained and prepared to react to situations that could compromise the health of the baby, the mother, or both. Some situations are impossible to anticipate, while sometimes the most valiant and appropriate responses cannot prevent an injury from occurring. However, if members of the delivery room personnel simply fail to act in such a way that any competent professional would, and an injury to the baby, the mother, or both ensues, then they may be held responsible for the losses and expenses that result.
Typical Birth Injuries
Among Torrance brain injury attorneys, Edward Deason has extensive experience handling a wide variety of claims on behalf of both injured adults and infants. Tragically, infant brain injuries tend to occur not in the womb but as a result of the birthing process, especially when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain. In most cases, this lack of oxygen is not the result of medical negligence; however, the inability to provide proper care to restore oxygen in a timely manner can lead to damage that might otherwise have been prevented.
Common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial paralysis
- Bone fractures
- Brachial plexus injuries
Contact Personal Injury Attorney Edward Deason
To arrange an evaluation of your potential birth injury claim, please contact Torrance personal injury attorney Edward Deason today.