How to Get the Legal Help You And Your Child Need, When You Experience A Birth Injury

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Birth injury baby, being held by doctors

Experiencing a birth injury is devastating for not only the mother and child but the whole family. After excitedly preparing for the birth of your precious baby, you are left emotionally distraught and often financially hurt by the preventable negligence of your doctors and medical team. A qualified California-based birth injury attorney can help you decide whether to file a medical malpractice claim against your doctor, nurses, hospital or other health care providers. Although financial compensation cannot repair the damage, it can help your family to cope with the challenges that lay ahead and enable you to afford the best possible care for your child.

What is a birth injury?​

Birth injuries are physical injuries experienced during childbirth, and can affect either the mother or the baby. In newborn babies, a birth injury (often called ‘neonatal birth trauma’) can include many things, from bruising to a broken bone, or more serious conditions such as a brain injury or nerve damage.

What causes a birth injury?​

One of the major causes of birth injuries is complications during labor, although with proper management most injuries can be avoided. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries are listed below and our injury lawyers have successfully won compensation cases for many similar cases:
crying mother
  • Improper monitoring
  • Improper medication and treatment
  • Trauma during delivery
  • Failure to detect fetal distress
  • Oxygen deprivation caused by problems that occurred with the baby’s blood supply through the placenta or umbilical cord
  • The baby being allowed to remain in the birth canal too long
  • Failure to recognize and treat problems anytime during pregnancy and particularly in the final weeks and especially during the labor and delivery period
  • Delayed Cesarean Section
  • Poor use of vacuum extractors or forceps
  • Placental abruption (where the placenta separates from the wall of the womb causing the mother severe bleeding)
  • Preeclampsia
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Bone Injuries

How to prove birth injury liability in California

Complex medical documents must be reviewed and analyzed to prove liability in any birth injury claim, which is why it’s essential to hire a legal team that is experienced in these matters. Our team of birth injury lawyers is led by Steven Heimberg, who is both a medical doctor and an attorney. He has been recognized as the #1 medical malpractice lawyer in the United States and is available to assist you with these matters anywhere in California. Some examples of the documents that may be relevant to your case include:
  • Hospital medical records showing the care the mother received throughout the pregnancy, any underlying conditions she had, complications that developed, medications, and blood test results.
  • Doctors’ notes concerning the labor, delivery, and postpartum care.
  • Hospital or birthing center records where the labor and delivery occurred.
  • Baby’s medical records from the nursery or neonatal unit.
  • Medical records of the infant’s pediatrician, documenting the newborn’s medical status and the care the child received after birth.
  • Eyewitness statements from those present at the birth including doctors, nurses, and technicians.
  • Expert witness testimony. They can testify to the quality of the medical care provided to the mother and child, the child’s birth injury, their diagnosis and prognosis, the extent of medical treatments and care the child will need.
  • Photographs and videos of your child at birth and as they grow.
Your case might require additional types of evidence not on this list. Our attorneys will evaluate your situation to determine the evidence needed to prove your claim.
Best Lawyers

Why Stalwart Law Group is the best legal team to help in your birth injury case​

Our lawyers were named the best medical malpractice lawyers in the country because we secure some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Los Angeles and throughout California for our clients.

As a doctor and a trial lawyer, Dr. Heimberg’s medical knowledge makes him your best ally when suing a hospital over your child’s life altering birth injury.

Our Los Angeles birth injury attorneys have secured millions of dollars in recovery for families throughout California, including:

  • $17 million for a family whose child developed permanent brain damage when a doctor failed to respond to signs of fetal distress. This was the largest verdict in the history of California at that time.
  • $10.55 million for a family whose triplets were unnecessarily delivered at 25 weeks, leading to the loss of one child and permanent brain damage in the surviving children
  • $7.1 million for a family whose twins sustained brain damage after being delivered unnecessarily early, at 30 weeks
  • $5.75 million for a family whose baby was born with brain damage because of negligent care during labor and delayed delivery via C-Section.
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8752 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 954-2000

How to get to our office

To get to our office from downtown Los Angeles we recommend the following methods.

Subway -The journey time between downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood is roughly 18 min. It’s operated by Metro Los Angeles, the Los Angeles to Hollywood subway service departs from Civic Center / Grand Park Station and arrives in Hollywood / Vine Station. Normally 524 subways run weekly.

Taxi -The journey time between downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood is roughly 8 min, depending on traffic, and depending on pickup location, is roughly 6.5 miles. Some of the taxi companies in the area are United Taxi, LA City Cab and Rosie Taxi Cab.

Bus -The journey time between downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood is roughly 30 min. It’s operated by Metro Los Angeles, the Los Angeles to Hollywood service departs from Broadway / 1st and arrives in Santa Monica / Bronson. Normally the bus runs run daily.

Car – Driving time from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood is roughly 10 minutes depending on traffic. On average, parking lots and garages charge $1.00 per hour and $6.00 per day. On street parking costs $1.00 per hour. 

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