Advocating for Injured Mothers and Babies in Missouri Since 1993
The birth of a child is often described as joyous, magical, and one of the most meaningful times of a parent’s life. However, two words rarely paired with childbirth, at least in the early days of pregnancy, are “scary” and “unpredictable”—and perhaps for good reason. No one wants to think that the worst-case scenario will happen to them.
But the sad truth is that the worst-case scenario can quickly become a reality, particularly when medical malpractice is involved. What’s worse, negligent health care providers may cover up the truth, leaving the family in the dark about what really happened.
If your baby was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and/or if you suffered an injury during childbirth, there is a chance that negligence was involved. If you can prove it, you could recover compensation for the damages incurred, from pain and suffering to medical bills, and more.
Hire a Birth Injury Team You Can Count On
Our birth injury attorney team at Peterson & Associates, P.C. understands that nothing can truly make up for what you went through, but legal action can bring you peace of mind knowing that justice was served and that other families will be protected from the same negligence. Since our firm opened in 1993, we have recovered more than $500 million for our clients. We can’t guarantee a favorable outcome for your case, but we can guarantee that we’ll be by your side at every step of the way.
Schedule your free consultation with a compassionate Kansas City birth injury attorney—call (816) 542-3492 or submit an online contact form today.
Proving Medical Malpractice in a Birth Injury Case
To win your birth injury lawsuit, you and your attorney must prove that an attending health care professional (physician, OB-GYN, nurse, midwife, surgeon, etc.) committed some form of malpractice.
Birth injuries are most often a result of one or more of the following types of malpractice:
- Improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors;
- Improper administration of Pitocin;
- Failing to identify fetal distress;
- Failing to conduct an emergency C-section;
- Failing to manage a breech birth or prolonged labor;
- Ignoring a mother’s self-reported symptoms; or
- Ignoring a mother’s risk factors, such as diabetes, HIV, etc.
That said, there are a lot of things that can go wrong during childbirth, and birth injuries are not always the result of malpractice/negligence. For instance, if a physician did everything within their power (and in line with medical industry standards) but an injury still occurred, the injured family would not have grounds for a case.
Still, it is important to note that many health care providers have wrongfully claimed that they did everything they could when, in reality, the birth injury was fully preventable. If you are unsure about the cause of a birth injury, consult a seasoned trial lawyer as soon as possible. We will help you determine whether you have a case and, if so, how to prove it.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our team of lawyers accepts cases involving the following birth injuries:
- Brachial plexus injuries;
- Shoulder dystocia;
- Birth asphyxia;
- Brain injuries, including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE);
- Cerebral palsy;
- Erb’s palsy;
- Preeclampsia and eclampsia;
- C-section injuries;
- And more.
We’re Here for You and Your Family
Our Kansas City trial law firm is prepared to advocate for you after a birth injury. Our deep commitment to our clients has won us acclaim from Super Lawyers®, Martindale-Hubbell, The National Trial Lawyers, and others. If you want to work with seasoned lawyers who sincerely care about you and your family, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is the firm for you.
What Our Clients Are Saying
We are proud to establish long standing relationships with our clients and we pride ourselves on offering quality, personalized, confident representation to all of our clients.
Team did a great job resolving my injury case- Daniel G.
They were instrumental in saving my life.- Kathy
I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.- Larry
Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.- Lee
I would definitely recommend Peterson & Associates- Leesa
They get the job done- Theresa
Choosing Our Team
Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.