Denver Birth Injuries Attorney
The last thing a parent wants to find out is that his or her child has suffered an injury during birth. The labor and delivery processes are tough enough without complications and resultant injuries to mother and/or child. Things get even worse when you discover that someone could – and should – have done something to prevent your infant’s injury.
We trust doctors and obstetricians with the lives of mother and child, but they do not always deliver according to accepted standards of care within the medical industry. If you think negligence contributed to your birth injury in Denver, request a consultation with Jordan, Herington & Rowley. Your family could be eligible for significant compensation.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Labor and delivery can encounter complications at any given moment. Physicians must be vigilant at all times to monitor both mother and baby for possible issues, and prepared to jump into action to remedy any foreseeable complications. Ill-prepared, inexperienced, and negligent practitioners put both lives in danger. Birth injuries don’t always result from someone’s negligence, but it is a possibility. The following are examples of negligence-related issues that could cause serious birth injuries:
- Equipment breakdowns or malfunctions
- Failure to diagnose maternal conditions during labor
- Failure to monitor the mother or baby’s vital signs
- Failure to notice and correct umbilical cord problems
- Failure to perform an emergency cesarean section
- Improper birthing techniques during complications
- Inappropriate use of birth-assisting tools
- Incompetent or inexperienced doctors or nurses
- Lack of proper care handling newborn infant
- Poor sanitation of birthing tools or operating rooms
The moment you suspect foul play or malpractice was involved in your child’s birth injuries, contact Jordan, Herington & Rowley. We can move in quickly to preserve and collect key evidence such as eyewitness statements, doctor and patient histories, photographs, and more. Our lawyers can then talk you through the legal opportunities that may be available to you, including an insurance claim against the doctor, claim with the Denver hospital’s insurer, or a personal injury/wrongful death claim with the civil courts.
Who Is Liable for a Birth Injury in Denver?
It can be easy to want to blame the individual person responsible for causing your child harm. However, many staff members are employees of the hospital or birthing facility. In these cases, you might have grounds to sue the entire establishment. This can be good news, since an individual doctor might not have enough to pay a settlement or judgment, but a hospital’s insurance company likely would. In Colorado, you can bring a claim against any health care provider guilty of medical negligence in allegedly causing birth injuries.
Birth injury lawsuits fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice claims in Colorado. You must file this type of claim within two years of the date of your injury. If you don’t discover your child’s injuries until later (e.g. a diagnosis of cerebral palsy when your child is three years old leads you to wonder if the doctor was negligent in lack of oxygen flow to the brain), the clock doesn’t start ticking until the date of discovery. Talk to a personal injury attorney in Denver at Jordan, Herington & Rowley as soon as you can after receiving a birth injury diagnosis. You could be eligible for significant compensation. To schedule a free consult, request one online or call (303) 465-8733.