Fighting for justice when medical malpractice causes injury

Statistics show that for every 1,000 babies born in the United States, approximately five of them will suffer birth injuries. When such injuries are caused by medical malpractice, parents are often left feeling devastated and betrayed. Any woman who enters an Arizona hospital or birthing center for labor and delivery has the right to reasonably assume that the highest standard of care possible will be afforded to her.

Two of the most common forms of birth injuries are Erbs Palsy and Cerebral Palsy. In fact, two of the approximate five birth injuries out of every 1,000 births involve Erbs Palsy. This is a condition caused by undue pressure on a baby's neck, head or shoulder area during childbirth. The result may be limb paralysis or excessive arm limpness. 

Cerebral Palsy, on the other hand, is believed to occur during pregnancy, during the birthing process or even after apparently successful birth has occurred. A doctor's failure to recognize or react to an imminent need for a cesarean section is often a cause of these injuries. Medical errors during the birthing process may also lead to shoulder dystocia in an infant, thus resulting in an Erbs Palsy injury. 

It can be difficult for parents of injured infants to see past their immediate sorrow as it is especially tragic to witness children suffering. However, many Arizona parents understand that their children's health conditions will lead to undue financial burdens as time goes on. Thus, they seek justice as the law allows by filing medical malpractice claims against any and all parties deemed responsible for their children's injuries. Successful litigation can provide compensation that can help offset related expenses and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy", Accessed on Oct. 11, 2017

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