Kansas City Birth Injury Attorneys
Compassionate Help With Birth Injury Claims In Missouri
Providers of health care have a duty to deliver care that meets established standards. Sometimes a medical professional will provide a level of care that fails to meet established standards and results in injuries to a patient. This breach of duty is an example of medical malpractice. Medical practitioners in Missouri typically maintain liability insurance for potential incidents of malpractice that result in injuries or death due to negligence. Those injured by acts of medical malpractice may be able to pursue compensation through civil action.
Pregnancy and giving birth to a child are naturally prone to unexpected complications. Many babies are born with birth injuries caused by negligence. Often it may be difficult to discern whether a birth injury resulted from a negligent act or inaction by a physician or nurse; therefore, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced birth injury legal team. If you have a suspicion that your child incurred a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek assistance from an experienced Kansas City medical malpractice lawyer. Missouri’s Norton & Norfleet, P.C. has been successfully representing birth injury victims and their families since 1952. Call their offices at (816) 454-5800 for a free case evaluation.
Time Limit for Taking Legal Action
Missouri’s statute of limitations states that civil actions against physicians, hospitals, dentists, etc. must be brought within two years of the incident. There are a couple exceptions that will allow a victim additional time in which to file a medical malpractice claim, including:
- When a medical provider permitted a foreign object to remain in a patient’s body from a surgery
- In instances where negligence is associated with a failure to inform a patient of test results
In these cases, the two year period begins when the patient discovers the error or omission.
Common Problems Related to Birth Injuries
Placental Abruption: A rare but serious condition involving the placenta, an organ which develops during pregnancy within the uterus to deliver nourishment to the fetus. Abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterus wall, thus rendering it unable to deliver the necessary oxygen and nourishment.
Cerebral Palsy: A neurological condition (impairment) caused by a brain injury before or during birth while a child’s brain is still developing that hinders body motion, muscle activity, and motor skills.
Erb’s Palsy & Brachial Plexus Injuries: The brachial plexus is a series of nerves that allow for motion and sense of touch in the shoulders, arms and fingers. Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy that may occur in babies when the child’s neck is improperly maneuvered during delivery.
Fetal Heart Problems: The normal fetal heart rate is between 120 and 160 beats per minute. A low heart rate may signify that the baby is being deprived of oxygen, while a higher rate suggests the heart is working too hard to maintain blood and oxygen circulation.
Potentially Harmful Delivery Errors
- Failure to perform a C-section quickly (delay)
- Improper usage of drugs for inducing labor
- Using excessive pressure when extracting a baby, which may result in bone fracture
- Applying to much pressure to the mother’s abdomen during delivery (fundal pressure)
- Improperly pulling the baby when lodged or stuck during delivery (excessive traction)
Missouri Medical Malpractice Law Firm
If you suspect that your child was the victim of medical malpractice, you owe it to your entire family to pursue compensation that could help ease the burden created by a birth injury. Talk to an experienced birth injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options. Contact Norton & Norfleet, P.C. today at (816) 454-5800 to coordinate a free consultation.