Any injury involving the spine or the spinal cord is a dangerous situation, even more so when the victim is a baby. Spinal cord damage and spinal birth defects like spina bifida and tethered spinal cords can create pain and developmental disabilities in your child.
These injuries aren’t just dangerous, they’re also expensive to treat. Before you accept the financial burden of these medical bills and treatments, find out if medical malpractice has caused your child’s injuries. There are spinal birth injury attorneys in Tucson ready to help you get answers. Here’s what you need to know from our lawyers before reaching out.
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How Could a Doctor Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?
There are several ways a doctor or another medical provider could cause a spinal cord injury to your baby. One common way is when someone pulls or twists on a newborn in the birth canal too forcefully, especially when using forceps or vacuum extraction devices.
Another way is a missed or wrong diagnosis of a spinal birth defect. Conditions like spina bifida, a tethered spinal cord, or a bone defect like osteogenesis imperfecta can cause damage to the spinal cord and column.
If a doctor detects these in advance, they can take steps to minimize further injury to your baby and help you create a care plan after birth. But if they’re missed, your baby could suffer unnecessary pain and disability.
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When Can a Doctor Make a Mistake?
There is a difference between a doctor who cannot help your child despite all their medical knowledge and a doctor who does something wrong and harms them, but how can you know the difference?
In the medical profession, there are standards of care that dictate how doctors, nurses, and similar people are supposed to treat different diseases and how to act during a medical emergency. Breaking these standards could make them liable for medical malpractice if the breach harms someone.
Winning these cases requires keen legal arguments based on the facts and the testimony of medical experts. You can bet that the insurers will do their best to say that the doctor did everything right. A Tucson spinal birth injury lawyer can investigate the facts and see whether that’s the case or whether someone erred and harmed your baby.
Typical Spinal Birth Injuries We See
Dozens of birth injuries could happen because of medical negligence. For spinal injuries, there are several typical ones we see. These include:
Spinal Cord Damage
Twisting or pulling a baby too forcefully, or dropping a baby on the ground, can damage the spinal cord. This is the main nerve running through the body. If it gets cut, your baby will lose all nerve function below the cut. This can be fatal.
Partial damage can create developmental delays and cause a lot of pain to your baby that may never heal. If trauma caused harm to your baby’s spinal cord, speak to us immediately to see if you have a case.
Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine does not fully seal around the spinal cord. This condition isn’t caused by a negligent doctor, but it’s such a well-known condition doctors should recognize it and begin treatment as soon as possible.
If this birth defect isn’t diagnosed before birth or gets misdiagnosed as something else, your doctors could be held negligent if it led to further harm to your child.
Tethered Spinal Cord
Sometimes the spinal cord remains attached to tissues at the base of the spinal canal. This is called a tethered spinal cord. As your baby grows, this can stretch the cord and create pain, loss of motor function, numbness, and other symptoms.
With early treatment, doctors can minimize these symptoms. However, if this condition is missed, it could cause your child unnecessary pain, embarrassment, and even disfigurement.
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Why Should I Choose You To Help Me With My Case?
Birth Injury Lawyers Group connects families with babies victimized by medical malpractice with experienced attorneys in their area. Our spinal birth injury lawyers in Tucson will deal directly with medical providers, other lawyers, and insurers to help you get compensation for your baby while you focus on their care.
Our lawyers will help:
- Keep you from taking settlement offers that are too low. Most birth injuries are worth far more than you think.
- Handle all communication with the opposing side, including responding to requests for information.
- Build your case based on evidence gathered from our investigation. We will interview medical experts and gather all necessary documents.
- Fight for a fair settlement rather than what the insurers want to give you.
- If they refuse to come to a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit and take the matter before a judge and jury.
If you have a case, you’ll have to face a medical malpractice insurance company. Fighting these on your own is incredibly difficult. Let us take on the burden for you instead.
How Much Could I Receive?
Spinal birth injuries are expensive to treat and may never heal completely. They are on the higher end of settlement amounts, sometimes reaching six or seven figures. However, it’s impossible to know how much your case is worth until we examine the evidence.
Many factors go into determining how much a case is worth. The exact injury, the prognosis, and how it has affected your baby and your family all come into play, along with legal questions like the number of parties you can sue, whether punitive damages are possible, and much more.
The Tucson spinal birth injury attorneys can give you a preliminary estimate based on previous cases and any evidence you bring with you to the consultation, but every case is unique. The best way to find out how much your case is really worth is to contact one of our lawyers for a consultation and explain your situation.
Get Help for Your Child’s Spinal Birth Injury
Paying for your child’s care can be more expensive than you know, so don’t struggle with the financial burden. Find out if your child’s injury was caused by medical malpractice and seek compensation for their injury by contacting the Birth Injury Lawyers Group.
Our team is ready to listen to your story and explain your legal options. Start now by contacting us by phone or email. All of our consultations are free and without obligation, and you will owe us nothing unless you win your case with our help.