If you have recently given birth to a new child, you deserve to be happy, excited, and joyful when you think about the future. Every parent wants to give birth to a healthy child, and it can be devastating when you realize that your child has medical complications as soon as he has breathed his first breath.
A birth injury and Utah can be significant. Some birth injuries could impact your child for the rest of his life. It is tragic if your child has suffered a birth injury that could have been avoided, and you need to reach out to a Utah birth injury attorney who can help you.
At Parker & McConkie, we have significant experience dealing with various birth injury cases, and we can ensure your rights are protected. Learn more about our services below, and call us to schedule a case consultation to discuss medical negligence or medical malpractice cases.
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At Parker & McConkie, our birth injury attorneys are here to provide you with the representation you deserve. There are a variety of ways our birth injury lawyers can help you. Some of the biggest benefits include the following:
If your child has suffered a birth injury, you should focus on helping him get better. Let a Utah birth injury lawyer from Parker & McConkie take your case.
There are a lot of people who confuse the term birth injury and birth defect. While they are similar, they are not the same. A congenital disability is typically a term for a congenital complication. For example, your child may have a genetic issue with which he was born. A congenital disability is rarely someone else’s fault, and it simply means that your child may not have developed appropriately while in the womb.
On the other hand, a birth injury means that your child somehow sustained an injury during the birthing process. While there are some situations where a birth injury might not be preventable, plenty of birth injuries could be avoided with proper medical care. We can conduct a full investigation to see if your child sustained a preventable birth injury.
Plenty of circumstances could result in a birth injury in Utah. Many of these birth injuries could have been avoided with appropriate medical care. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries in Utah include:
There are some situations where a cesarean section is required to deliver the baby properly, but there are also situations where complications can develop during a C-section. We can review your medical records to ensure your C-section was correctly performed. Then, if there were complications during the C-section, and we can prove those complications were the results of improper surgical procedures or medical care, we may be able to recover compensation on your behalf.
The umbilical cord provides your unborn child with oxygen and nutrients until he can breathe independently. There are some situations where complications with the umbilical cord can develop. For example, the umbilical cord may get wrapped around your child’s neck. If we can prove that the umbilical cord complication could have been avoided with proper medical care, we can seek compensation on your behalf.
When you go to the hospital for monitoring before labor and delivery, those monitors are essential because they keep track of your vital signs. On the other hand, those monitors need to be in suitable locations, and if health monitoring is not performed appropriately, it could result in birth injuries.
In other situations, the medical professional may need to place monitors directly on your unborn child. Again, these monitors must be in the right locations, or they could cause birth injuries. We could look at the locations of those fetal health monitors, consult with other doctors to ensure those monitors are placed in suitable locations and pursue compensation if those monitors lead to injuries.
The doctors often hurry to extract your baby as quickly as possible, mainly if possible health complications occur. At the same time, the doctors are supposed to remove your baby properly, and there are some situations where injuries might result if the extraction does not proceed according to plan. We can closely review your medical records to ensure the appropriate extraction of your child.
Finally, avoidable injuries could develop if the doctors do not deliver your baby promptly or by the best practices under OB/GYN guidelines. We can closely review your medical records to see if any injuries could have otherwise been avoided.
Different types of birth injuries may happen during the labor and delivery process. While not every injury means a lawsuit should be filed, we can review your medical records to see if the injuries justify a personal injury lawsuit.
Some of the most common complications that could lead to a lawsuit include the following:
A shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck in the pelvis during vaginal delivery. A shoulder dystocia could prevent your baby from being delivered promptly, and there are certain maneuvers that a doctor could perform to free your baby and proceed with the delivery process. If a shoulder dystocia results in a birth injury, we can review the circumstances of that injury to make sure the doctor took all necessary steps to prevent damage from happening.
There is also a situation where your child could suffer a brachial plexus injury. This serious nerve injury could lead to permanent motor and sensory complications in your child’s arm. These complications could last for the rest of your child’s life, depending on the nature of the injury. We can review how the injury happened to see if you can file a lawsuit.
Finally, there are some situations where a serious birth complication could result in cerebral palsy. While not every case of cerebral palsy merits a lawsuit, if we can prove that your child develops cerebral palsy due to complications during the birthing process, we may be able to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Several signs could indicate that complications have taken place during the delivery process. Some of the most common signs of birth injury that you should be vigilant for include:
If you notice these issues, you must quickly ensure your child gets appropriate medical care. Then, do not forget to ask for a copy of your medical records, as you might need them to file a Utah birth injury lawsuit.
After you realize that your child has suffered a birth injury, there are a few critical steps you need to take. Of course, you need to ensure you and your child receive appropriate medical care.
Then, some of the additional steps you need to take include:
It will be best if you do not settle your birth injury case. You might receive a phone call from an insurance company trying to settle with you and a phone call from the hospital doing the same thing. It will help if you do not settle, as they will not offer you as much money as you deserve. Instead, retain an attorney and ensure you pursue the case to the end.
There is a saying that if you did not document it, it did not happen. That is very true in the medical field, so you must keep records of everything. It includes your communications with the hospital, copies of your medical records, and any bills or communication you receive from the insurance company.
Finally, contact a Utah birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. You need to hire an attorney to ensure you get all the information necessary to support your case. An attorney will also better understand how much your case is worth, and you can make sure you receive the money you deserve.
You need to file a Utah birth injury claim in Utah as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations on your case, and if you do not file a lawsuit on time, it might not be heard, even if it would otherwise have been successful. In Utah, the statute of limitations is two years, so make sure you reach out to a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. Remember that some issues might not be evident right away, so make sure you remain vigilant. Then, as soon as you think something is wrong, reach out to a doctor to schedule an appointment. The sooner you can be evaluated, the faster you may have the evidence necessary to support your claim.
At Parker & McConkie, it can be stressful if you realize your child has suffered a birth injury. Still, we have the experience, training, and resources necessary to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled. You deserve to focus on your child’s medical recovery, so let us handle the legal issues. Count on our experienced personal injury lawyers to represent you in a birth injury case.
At Parker & McConkie, we would be honored to represent you and your family following a Utah birth injury situation. We always put the needs of our clients first, and we can do the same for you. Call us today to schedule a free case consultation with a Utah birth injury attorney. It would be our honor to represent you and your child.
Call 801-845-0440 to get in touch with a member of our firm after your accident. We can review your case for free!