Denver Birth Injury Attorneys
We Demand Justice for Children Harmed During Delivery
Babies are absolutely helpless, and we rely on delivery room doctors and nurses to know what to do, and to act immediately to protect baby and mother, if there is a risk during birth. But a surprising number of mistakes and miscommunications are made in delivery rooms every day, even in the United States. If your child was seriously hurt during the birth process, we may be able to help.
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., several of our top trial lawyers - including one of our founding members, Jim Puga - focus on helping children and families affected by preventable birth injuries. We charge absolutely no upfront fees to talk to you and review your medical records, and if we take your case, we charge nothing unless we get you a settlement or jury verdict. To speak to an award-winning birth injury attorney, please call us at (877) 433-3906.
What Is a Birth Injury?
Any injury to a newborn baby that is inflicted during the birthing process is considered a birth injury. Technically, birth trauma refers to an injury (such as a broken collarbone) brought about by mechanical forces, while birth injury could mean trauma or system-wide damage, such as cerebral palsy.
When a healthcare provider is negligent and your child is harmed as a result, that’s when a birth injury claim comes in. The doctors and nurses who treat your child have a duty of care to both of you: to perform their duties at a professional level without causing undue harm.
For example, if a baby is stuck in the birth canal and the doctor reaches in and pulls hard on the baby’s head to try to deliver her, instead of using positioning maneuvers to open up the birth canal, that baby will suffer torn nerves in her neck and shoulder, leading to lifelong paralysis of her arm. Even though the doctor was trying to help, he acted in a way that no reasonable doctor would have, and his negligence caused the injury.
If you think a medical professional caused or contributed to your child’s injury, please contact us immediately. Each state has laws called statutes of limitations that limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. The sooner we can review your case and investigate, the better.
Examples of Serious Birth Injuries
Not all birth injuries are a doctor’s fault. Some are fairly natural and will heal on their own. However, others cause lifelong disabilities - both physical and cognitive. Paying for those disabilities will be expensive, emotionally draining, and frustrating. We strongly believe you should not have to pay for the mistakes made by doctors or nurses. Some serious birth injuries that we’ve handled include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Injury (Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy)
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (Brain Damage)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Facial Paralysis
- Cephalohematoma (Brain Bleeding)
Our Denver personal injury attorneys at Leventhal & Puga, P.C., have handled hundreds of birth injury lawsuits. We have strong backgrounds in healthcare, medical training, and the law, and we’ve seen every excuse in the book. There are known risk factors that make birth injuries much more likely, and doctors have a duty to take extra caution when dealing with factors such as:
- High-Risk Delivery
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Prolonged Labor
- Use of Forceps or Vacuum Extraction
- Use of Pitocin or Cytotec
- Improper Monitoring of Fetal Heart Rate
- Delay in Ordering a C-Section
Choose the Attorneys You Deserve
Children deserve the best life we can give them. At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., we’re not just attorneys. We’re also parents. That’s why we dedicate so much of our practice to righting the wrongs done to children at birth. Attorneys Erin Genullis and Bruce Braley are members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Jim Puga has a specific emphasis on representing children who suffer serious injuries during birth, resulting in cerebral palsy. Jim is a past co-chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.
We pride ourselves on our approach to difficult cases. With a unique blend of compassion, professionalism, and innovative thinking, Leventhal & Puga, P.C., has been able to settle many claims successfully for past clients. If you need help with your child’s birth injury, please call (877) 433-3906 for a free consultation. Our clients come first.