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Before your child even took his or her first breath, your doctor or care team made a mistake that forever changed the course of your child’s life and your family’s future. What was supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life tragically became bittersweet.
Perhaps immediately or perhaps years after birth, you were told that your child will be developmentally delayed due to a birth injury. You strongly suspect that your doctor or care team is to blame.
What went wrong? Was it preventable?
This is the story of countless parents throughout America. Unfortunately, both parents and their children face the many consequences that result from birth injury malpractice. There will be emotional pain, physical challenges, past and future medical expenses and many other stressors. Many families wonder how they will ever recover, or simply make it, when birth injury malpractice affects a child.
The Law Firm of Hixson & Brown, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa will do our best to not let the consequences of malpractice be the end of the story. Our birth injury lawyers are dedicated to giving your child and family a voice. We are committed to helping you obtain fair compensation to ease the sting and burden caused by the avoidable birth injury.
We Represent Parents in a Diverse Range of Birth Injury Cases
A birth injury lawyer is available to provide counsel and advocacy in a wide range of cases involving labor and delivery room negligence as well as:
- Hypoxia: Hypoxia is a term used for oxygen deficiency, which can lead to a host of serious and life-threatening conditions. This can cause an injury referred to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (brain damage).
- Shoulder dystocia: When the fetus’s shoulders become lodged in the birth canal, it can lead to damaged nerves, umbilical cord compression and other harm.
- Cerebral palsy: If your baby was born with a low Apgar score, a low blood pH or a low base excess with a resultant brain injury, you should have the complete medical record reviewed by one of our birth injury lawyers.
- Stillborn babies and IUGR: When intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is recognized and managed, a baby is much less likely to be stillborn.
- Failure to diagnose preterm labor: Our law firm represents families whose medical providers failed to recognize preterm labor and transfer the mother to a level III tertiary care center.
- Bowel malrotation: In newborn babies, a malrotated bowel or obstruction can be a life-threatening condition, calling for prompt medical attention.
- Failure to monitor fetal distress: In most cases, fetal distress is caused by lack of oxygen to the unborn infant.
- Uterine rupture: Risk factors for uterine rupture include coincidental uterine trauma, previous cesarean sections and certain drugs.
- Forceps and vacuum extractor injuries: Serious injuries from these techniques can include broken collar bones, brachial plexus nerve injury and retinal hemorrhage.
- Erb’s palsy: This type of paralysis affects the sensation and motor control of muscles in the infant’s upper arm.
- Hemiplegia: These types of birth injuries cause paralysis to the vertical half of the child’s body and some symptoms can develop over time.
- Diplegia: Unlike hemiplegia, diplegia is a form of paralysis that affects both the left and right sides of the body.
Our Des Moines, Iowa medical negligence lawyers also handle birth injury cases involving Klumpke’s palsy, infant brain injuries, periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), quadriplegia, RH and ABO incompatibility, hyperbilirubinemia, cerebral palsy and bleeding in the brain.
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