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St. Louis Birth Injury Attorneys Serving Missouri and Illinois

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We give a voice to the smallest victims.

Together Partners Matt Casey, Matt Devoti and Anne Brockland have nearly 50 years of experience prosecuting birth injuries in Missouri and Illinois.

Our three-attorney team, offers a unique combination of accessibility and compassion coupled with a fierce dedication to fighting for the smallest victims.

Bringing a new life into the world is a moment of sheer joy. But when complications arise, the sheer joy can quickly turn to extreme fear and uncertainty.

Despite our advancements in medical technology, child birth is still a very precarious time for mother and baby. Complications during childbirth are fairly common.  But, if these complications are not addressed properly, they can quickly lead to serious, permanent injuries or even death for a newborn.

cpdiagnosisWhat is a birth injury?
A birth injury is any injury to an infant that occurs during delivery or immediately after delivery.

How can I know if the injury my baby suffered was caused by the labor and/or delivery?
Oftentimes parents who sensed that something went wrong during their labor and delivery are usually right.   There are many conditions and circumstances that may indicate your baby suffered an injury during birth.  The best course of action is to have our attorneys review the circumstances of the labor and delivery, as well as the medical records of both the mother and baby, so they can determine if the injury was caused by negligence.

Click here to view a list of the 7 Most Common Labor and Delivery Errors

Are these symptoms temporary or permanent?
There are many different types of birth injury – some have temporary symptoms and others have permanent effects that last a life-time.

How will this injury effect my baby now and in the future?
There is no way to know how a specific birth injury will affect an infant immediately or over time. Just as each infant is unique, so too are the circumstances surrounding the labor, delivery and immediate after care.

Since no two infants are alike – the severity of a birth injury varies greatly between infants. The same injury may cause mild symptoms in one infant and severe symptoms in another.  Lastly, some birth injuries – such as developmental delays or cognitive impairment – may not be detected until the baby is older.

Who can be held liable for this injury?
All healthcare professionals are required to uphold a standard of care. If they do not, they can be held liable for medical mistakes.

  • Obstetricians
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Other healthcare professionals

These are a few of the most common causes of birth injuries:birthinjuryinbubator

  • Size and position of baby
  • Failure to anticipate potential birth complications, like size and position of baby
  • Failure to monitor or detect problems with fetal heart rate, oxygen levels or other fetal vital signs
  • Failure to order a timely C-Section
  • Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)
  • Umbilical cord wrapped around neck
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Misuse or excessive use of delivery tools, such as forceps or vacuum extractor
  • Excessive pulling on head or shoulders during delivery
  • Inappropriate use of medications during pregnancy or during delivery
  • Failure to identify or treat infections
  • Mistakes during circumcision
  • Inappropriate care after birth

These are some of the most common types of birth injuries:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brachial Palsey (Erb’s Palsy)
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Spastic Quadriplegic
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Prolapsed Umbilical Cord
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Death

The following conditions or circumstances may indicate a medical mistake was made:

  • Mother had undiagnosed or untreated infectionbrithinjurydoctorinfant
  • Babies heart rate dropped or decelerated during labor and delivery
  • Medical records have been change, altered or are missing
  • A C-section was preformed, but only have many hours of attempted natural delivery
  • Umbilical cords wrapped around baby’s neck
  • Delivery tools like forceps or vacuum were used to quickly deliver the baby
  • Low APGAR scores
  • Baby is taken to NICU
  • Baby experiences lethargy, fuzziness, seizures or other medical conditions shortly after birth
  • Medical staff indicates something went wrong or should have been done differently
  • Medical records show events that are not true or accurate
  • Baby is diagnosed with a permanent injury – such as one listed above

If a child is diagnosed with any of the conditions listed above, it merits further investigation to be sure Standards of Medical Practice were followed to ensure patient safety.

Birth Injury Resources

Birth Injury – Stanford Children’s Health
Cerebral Palsy – Symptoms & Causes – Mayo Clinic
Causes and Risk Factors of Cerebral Palsy – CDC
Erb’s Palsy – OrthoInfo

Personal Injury.  Personal Service.

The Casey, Devoti & Brockland difference is – you won’t be treated like just another case number.

Your personal injury claim is our first priority.

We know you have many questions.  Our highly accessible attorneys have the answers.

Partners Matt Casey, Matt Devoti and Anne Brockland will meet with you for a free, no-obligation consultation in order to review the circumstances of your injury.

Call (314) 421-0763 or info@caseydevoti.com

 

 

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