The birth injury lawyers at Reiter & Walsh obtained millions of dollars for a little girl who has cerebral palsy caused by negligence in the handling of her delivery. During labor, the baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck (nuchal cord), causing her to be deprived of oxygen, a condition called birth asphyxia. Her delivery was delayed and the prolonged oxygen deprivation caused the newborn to have brain damage and seizures. She was soon diagnosed with spastic diplegia, which is a type of cerebral palsy that affects the lower body more than the upper body. The cerebral palsy causes the young girl to have very stiff muscles, making her struggle with movement and balance.
When Reiter & Walsh got the call from this young girl’s mother, Jesse Reiter and his team of award winning lawyers got to work right away, ordering all the child’s medical records so they could learn the extent of the brain damage, pinpoint the causes of the injury, and understand how the cerebral palsy affects the young girl’s life now and how it will impact her for the rest of her life. In addition, the attorneys spent a lot of time getting to know the little girl and her family so they could fully understand the child’s needs.
Once the team of birth injury lawyers fully understood the nature of the young girl’s injury and what caused it, they began to speak with the country’s best medical experts and life care planners. Getting the help of leading medical experts is crucial in proving a case, and life care planners help determine the cost of lifelong treatments, therapies and housing and educational needs.
Armed with their meticulously researched and well-supported information on the little girl’s negligent care and resultant cerebral palsy, Reiter & Walsh’s attorneys got the hospital to settle with the family for millions of dollars. This will help the young girl get all the treatment she needs for her cerebral palsy, and it will help her get the most advanced housing and educational assistance.
When discussing the case, the mother said that the best part of her daughter’s settlement was
“knowing she won’t have to worry about her future and knowing she has people making sure she’ll be okay if she has any bumps along the way.”
PERSONAL ATTENTION FOR EACH AND EVERY CLIENT
Many attorneys who describe their firm as being a “birth injury” or “medical malpractice” firm actually refer the cases to other attorneys and then collect a fee. At Reiter & Walsh, the attorneys focus solely on birth injury cases and have a special understanding of the needs of the children and their families. They take the time to get to know each child and family they help and are available around the clock to speak with their clients.
Speaking of Jesse and his team, the mother of the little girl with cerebral palsy said,
“They helped me understand that it wasn’t my fault and that they will help me as much as they can.”
The birth injury lawyers at Reiter & Walsh have helped dozens of children affected by cerebral palsy. Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing on birth injury cases for over 28 years, and most of his cases involve cerebral palsy and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as being two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the nation. The lawyers at ABC Law Centers have won numerous awards for their advocacy of children and are members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) and the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ).
If your child experienced a birth injury and now has seizures, HIE, brain damage, cerebral palsy or any other long-term condition, contact Reiter & Walsh today at 888-419-2229. Our birth injury lawyers give personal attention to each child and family they help and are available 24/7 to speak with you.
WHAT ARE BIRTH INJURIES AND WHAT CAUSES THEM?
A birth injury, or birth trauma, is an injury with long-term consequences that happens to a baby during or near the time of delivery. Often, the injury occurs during the process of labor and delivery. Sometimes, however, a birth injury can occur before birth, and it can be caused by negligent prenatal care, such as failing to diagnose a potentially harmful medical condition and/or failing to schedule early delivery of the baby. Birth injuries can also occur after birth, in the neonatal ICU. NICU birth injuries are frequently caused by failure to properly help a baby who has breathing problems or seizures or failing to adequately treat jaundice or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
The little girl in this case had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (nuchal cord), which caused her to experience severe birth asphyxia. When birth asphyxia occurs, the baby’s heart tracings will be abnormal or nonreassuring. The medical team must then quickly deliver the baby – usually by emergency C-section – to minimize the birth asphyxia and prevent brain damage.
Listed below are some conditions that can cause birth injuries:
- Umbilical cord problems, such as a nuchal cord (cord wrapped around baby’s neck), umbilical cord prolapse, short umbilical cord and cord in a true knot
- Ruptured uterus
- Preeclampsia / eclampsia
- Placental abruption
- Placenta previa
- Anesthesia mistakes, which can cause blood pressure problems in the mother, including a hypotensive crisis. This can greatly decreases the supply of oxygen-rich blood going to the baby, causing birth asphyxia.
- Oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid)
- Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) / premature birth
- Prolonged and arrested labor
- Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds), which can be caused by a traumatic delivery. Forceps and vacuum extractors can cause brain bleeds. Sometimes intense contractions (hyperstimulation) caused by labor induction drugs (Pitocin and Cytotec) can cause head trauma. Mismanagement of cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), abnormal presentations (face or breech presentation), and shoulder dystocia also put the baby at risk of experiencing birth trauma and birth asphyxia.
- Hyperstimulation caused by Pitocin and Cytotec can also cause oxygen deprivation that gets progressively worse.
- Fetal stroke
- Postmaturity syndrome
- Placental insufficiency and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)
- Fetal stroke
- Postmaturity syndrome
- An infection that travels from the mother to the baby at birth, such as chorioamnionitis, Group B Strep, urinary tract infections (UTI) and bacterial vaginosis (BV), which can cause sepsis and/or meningitis
- Failure to quickly deliver a baby when fetal distress is evident on the fetal heart rate monitor (delayed emergency C-section)
- Improperly treated high bilirubin levels (jaundice)
- Improperly treated neonatal hypoglycemia
- Mismanaged breathing problems after birth, such as failing to properly intubate and place baby on a breathing machine (ventilator); untreated apnea or respiratory distress; improper settings on the ventilator, which can cause overventilation injuries such as prolonged hypocarbia
DOCTORS DON’T USUALLY ADMIT THAT MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE WAS THE CAUSE OF A BIRTH INJURY.
It is important to note that members of the medical team rarely admit that negligence occurred. When parents ask if their child is okay, doctors sometimes tell them that it is too early to tell and they’ll have to wait and see. Or when a birth injury is evident near the time of birth, doctors might tell parents that conditions such as birth asphyxia were a just a complication of a standard procedure.
“My baby was born with the umbilical cord around her neck. She had two seizures and stopped breathing after birth and the doctors said they wouldn’t be able to tell if she would have problems until she got older. I noticed she wasn’t progressing like she should. I took her to a couple of doctors they didn’t know what the problems was.”
If the mother in this case listened to her baby’s doctors and waited until her child was older, she might not have been able to get early intervention for her daughter, which is critical when a child has cerebral palsy and special needs. The mother in this case noticed that developmental milestones weren’t being met when her daughter was still a baby and took the child to see a doctor right away. She then enlisted the help of the powerful attorneys from Reiter & Walsh to help her child get lifelong support.
Of course, parents often don’t notice problems in a child until the child is 4 or 5 years old. Indeed, this is quite common. The key is to begin treatment and therapy as early as possible in order to maximize treatment benefits.
Birth injuries can cause the following conditions, most of which cause lifelong problems for the child:
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE usually involves damage to the basal ganglia, cerebral cortex or watershed regions of the brain, but it sometimes includes periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Permanent brain damage
- Seizure disorders
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Intellectual disabilities
- Developmental delays
- Learning Disabilities
- Motor disorders
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
AWARD WINNING CEREBRAL PALSY & BIRTH INJURY LAWYERS HELPING CHILDREN FOR ALMOST 3 DECADES
If you are seeking the help of a birth injury lawyer, it is very important to choose a lawyer and firm that focus solely on birth injury cases. Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers is a national birth injury law firm that has been helping children with birth injuries for almost 3 decades.
Birth injury lawyer Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases for over 28 years, and most of his cases involve hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy. Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as being two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as being one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the nation. The birth injury lawyers at ABC Law Centers have won numerous awards for their advocacy of children and are members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) and the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ).
If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), the award winning birth injury lawyers at ABC Law Centers can help. We have helped children throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy and a secure future, and our birth injury lawyers give personal attention to each child and family they help. Our nationally recognized birth injury firm has numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success and no fees are ever paid to our firm until we win your case. Email or call Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation. Our firm’s award winning birth injury lawyers are available 24 / 7 to speak with you.
VIDEO: BIRTH INJURY LAWYERS DISCUSS HOW A CORD WRAPPED AROUND THE BABY’S NECK (NUCHAL CORD) CAN CAUSE BIRTH ASPHYXIA & CEREBRAL PALSY
In this video, birth injury lawyers Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh discuss causes of birth asphyxia, such as the cord being wrapped around the baby’s neck (nuchal cord), and how this can cause cerebral palsy.