Denver Spinal Injury at Birth Lawyers
Most injuries to the spine are suffered in a car crash, motorcycle crash, or another traumatic event. But they can also happen to babies during a rough childbirth. This birth injury is extremely serious, as an insult to the spinal cord can affect function and sensation in all parts of the body below the level of injury.
Children should not suffer life-changing trauma while under a medical professional’s care. If your child received a spinal injury at birth, contact the top Denver birth injury lawyers at Leventhal & Puga, P.C. We accept serious cases across the country. For a no-cost initial consultation, please call (877) 433-3906.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is any damage to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma, from slight bruising to complete tearing of the nerves. Most spinal cord injuries sustained by infants and children occur in the neck area, while some occur in the upper back or the chest area. Generally, the higher in the back or neck the injury is located, the more extensive the symptoms will be. Depending on the location of the injury, symptoms range from temporary immobility to permanent paralysis, intellectual disabilities, and body system failure below.
Spinal cord injury during birth may be caused by hyperextension of the head during breech delivery, traction on the body during breech delivery, traction on the umbilical cord, or overstretching with simultaneous rotation, which may happen in cases of shoulder dystocia. Injuries like these often occur during a complicated labor and delivery. A baby in a breech position, for example, requires the medical staff to take corrective action by attempting to turn the baby. If an error is made during this process, it could cause damage to the infant’s neck and spinal cord. This scenario can be prevented altogether by performing a cesarean section for high-risk deliveries.
If a medical team fails to plan for a safe birth, or uses excessive force on a child, they may be considered negligent. Medical professionals are expected to meet a duty of care for each patient - a level of competence and treatment that is expected of a medical professional in a given situation.
If you feel that your doctors or nurses failed to meet their duty of care, our legal team may be able to help you prove medical malpractice. In Colorado, the statute of limitations states that you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years after the incident took place, but there are exceptions. The sooner you contact us, the better.
A spinal cord injury during childbirth is not caused by a birth defect or other medical condition. Spinal cord injuries at birth are caused by trauma, meaning your infant suffered an injury during the birth process.
It is your OB/GYN and nurses’ responsibility to ensure a safe and trauma-free childbirth whenever possible. At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., attorneys Jim Leventhal, Alex Wilschke, Bruce Braley, and Molly Greenblatt are all members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, and Jim Puga serves on its Board of Directors. Our trial lawyers understand how to approach these cases, and we will do the the research to prove negligence was to blame for your child’s lifelong injury. If you’d like to speak with Leventhal & Puga, P.C., give our Denver office a call at (303) 759-9945.