Tucson Birth Injury Lawyers
If your child suffered an injury at birth, it may have been the result of medical malpractice. Discussing the situation with a licensed attorney is important because you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages.
The Tucson birth injury Lawyers at Phillips Law Group understand the emotional and financial hardships families endure when dealing with a birth injury. We have been helping injury victims and their families recover fair compensation for nearly 30 years.
Our team of legal professionals may be able to help you pursue compensation for damages. We are prepared to manage each step of the legal process to protect our clients’ best interests.
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Definition of a Birth Injury
Birth injuries occur during the labor and delivery process and may sometimes be caused by the negligence of the medical staff. These types of injuries can be sustained in a short period of time and can have devastating, long-term effects.
For example, a child can sustain a serious brain injury in as little as six minutes if there is not enough oxygen going to the brain. This type of injury can lead to a lifelong disability for the child.
A birth injury is not the same as a birth defect. A birth defect occurs while the baby is still in the mother’s womb and is not caused by the actions or inactions of the medical staff.
Some of the more common birth injuries are:
- Untreated jaundice
- Nerve damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Breathing issues
- Bleeding from the brain
- Spinal cord injury
Some of these injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities. For example, a condition like cerebral palsy can cause speech and cognitive problems, mobility issues and seizures, among many other medical problems.
Contact a Tucson birth injury lawyer at 1-800-706-3000. Free consultation.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Many birth injuries are caused by the negligence of the medical staff, either during or after the labor and delivery process. Some examples of negligence that could lead to injury to the baby include:
- Pulling too hard on the baby during delivery, breaking bones or damaging nerves
- Not treating infections in the mother
- Failure to treat diabetes in the mother
- Not diagnosing preeclampsia in the mother
- Careless use of delivery tools (forceps, vacuum extractor, etc.)
- Failure to notice or treat bleeding in the baby
- Waiting too long to do a Cesarean section
- Failure to monitor the baby for signs of distress, such as a lack of oxygen
- Failing to prepare for a difficult birth when there were risk factors that made a difficult birth more likely
Negligence during or after labor either involves careless actions or a failure to act to protect the health of the mother or the baby.
If you believe your child’s birth injury was caused by negligence, you can contact a Tucson birth injury lawyer at Phillips Law Group. We are prepared to evaluate your situation at no initial cost to you. We only get paid if we win your case.
Who May Be Held Accountable?
If your attorney can prove your baby’s injury was the result of a medical provider’s negligence, the provider could be held legally liable for your damages. Providers who may be held liable could include:
- Nurses and other assistants
- Hospitals (if the doctor was an employee)
- Contractors at the hospital
- Pharmaceutical companies
Our Tucson birth injury lawyers are prepared to investigate your situation to determine who may be held accountable.
At Phillips Law Group we have a team of legal professionals and access to medical experts who we can call upon to help us build a robust case.
Phillips Law Group Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
Ways a Lawyer Can Help
There are many benefits to having a trusted lawyer on your side at a time like this. Our Tucson birth injury lawyers may be able to determine if you have a case and calculate the value of your claim.
We understand the mental, emotional and financial burden a birth injury can put on families, which is why we are prepared to handle the legal process on your behalf, if we find you have a valid case.
We have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation of a birth injury claim. This may include obtaining and analyzing medical records and consulting industry experts to review diagnostic tests, fetal monitoring strips, doctor’s notes and other evidence.
Sometimes a settlement cannot be reached, and the case may need to be taken to trial. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group are prepared to take your case to court if necessary to pursue fair compensation for your claim.
It is important to note that victims who hire attorneys to represent them tend to recover more compensation than those who do not.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
Medical malpractice cases are governed by Arizona’s two-year statute of limitations. Essentially, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a case. However, you may not have discovered the injury right when it happened. In these situations, the two-year clock may not start running until you discover the injury.
There can be other exceptions to this two-year deadline, which you can discuss with a licensed attorney.
Contact a Tucson Birth Injury Lawyer to Learn More
Birth injuries are a sensitive issue and they are difficult to prove without professional experience on your side.
The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have nearly 30 years of experience helping personal injury victims in Arizona. We have recovered over $750 million in compensation, including a $3 million settlement for a medical malpractice case involving brain damage.
Our founding partner Jeffrey Phillips has recovered verdicts in several Arizona counties including Pima, Pinal, Maricopa, Navajo and Mohave. He also served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials.
Contact Phillips Law Group today to learn how we may be able help you with your birth injury claim. We charge no upfront fees and your consultation is confidential. There is no obligation to let us handle your claim and you can contact our team of legal professionals at any time.
Our office in Tucson is just minutes from the Children’s Museum of Tucson.