Waco Birth Injury Lawyer
Is your child struggling with an injury they sustained at birth? Is their birth injury the result of negligent medical care? Let the experienced Waco birth injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP help you fight to recover the financial compensation you need and deserve. Your first consultation is free, so please give our compassionate legal team a call to schedule a time to sit down and discuss your case today.
How Our Lawyers Can Help You Pursue Compensation for Your Child’s Injuries
The birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyous occasion. If your child is injured due to medical malpractice during the birthing process, however, it can quickly become a heartbreaking experience.
At Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP, our Waco personal injury lawyers believe that the medical professionals who cause these injuries should be held responsible for the actions. If your baby was hurt or killed during the birthing process, please contact us as soon as possible.
Our caring legal team is dedicated to fighting hard on behalf of our clients. When you hire us to represent you in your birth injury case, we will:
Accurately Assess Your Damages
When a baby is hurt during the birthing process, it is difficult to assess how their injury will impact the rest of their life. For instance, because the child cannot yet communicate, it is just about impossible to tell if their speech or memory will be affected by the injury. This complication often results in birth injury cases being settled for far less than the amount of the damages caused.
Having worked on countless birth injury cases over the years, our experienced attorneys understand how to accurately assess damages. When you work with us, you can be confident that we’ll do everything we can to make sure that your child’s injuries are not be undervalued.
Negotiate with the Other Party’s Insurance Company
In the early stages of your lawsuit, you are likely to receive a settlement offer from the other party’s insurance company. In most cases, their proposed deal will be worth far less than the real value of your case. To get them to increase their offer, some negotiation may be required.
When you hire our Waco birth injury lawyers, we will use our knowledge and skill to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If there is a better deal to be made, we will work diligently to make it happen.
Represent You in Court
Should the other party’s insurance company be unwilling to offer a fair settlement package, your birth injury case will almost certainly end up going to court. If you would like to ensure that you receive a fair hearing, you will need to have an experienced trial lawyer represent you in the courtroom.
Since our firm was founded, our personal injury trial law attorneys have argued countless cases in court. As such, we understand exactly how to convey your side of the story in a way that will resonate with the judge and jury. Though we cannot guarantee a specific result, we can promise that your case will receive a fair hearing.
If you would like to hire a Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP birth injury lawyer to help you with your case, all you need to do is give us a call. We would be more than happy to arrange a free consultation with a member of our team at a time that fits your schedule.
Medical Conditions Caused by Birth Injuries
Medical malpractice or medical negligence during and after the birthing process can result in a wide variety of medical conditions, such as:
Cerebral palsy occurs when the birthing process causes damage to the part of the baby’s brain that is responsible for coordination and muscle movement.
Some of the most common symptoms of cerebral palsy include:
- Unusual posture
- Lack of coordination
- Vision problems
- Hearing problems
- Slow development, and
- Involuntary movements.
Children who suffer from this medical condition are likely to require a specialized wheelchair, physical therapy, and constant in-home care.
Erb’s palsy occurs when the birthing process causes damage to the baby’s brachial plexus – a collection of nerves surrounding the shoulder.
Children who suffer from Erb’s palsy often display the following symptoms:
- Uncontrolled arm movements
- Reduced muscle tone
- Arm and hand numbness
- Complete or partial upper body paralysis, and
- Vision problems.
This medical condition may severely limit the use of the child’s arm and hand. In some cases, it can even cause droopiness in the baby’s opposite eyelid.
Spinal Cord Damage
During childbirth, spinal cord damage is most often caused by the excessive use of force or the improper use of a medical device. Injuries to the baby’s spine are particularly common during breech deliveries.
Spinal cord damage can leave the child partially or completely paralyzed. In either case, they are likely to require the use of a wheelchair and will almost certainly need to attend physical therapy.
The following symptoms are common in babies and children who suffer spinal cord damage during the birthing process:
- Inability to move
- Abnormal reflexes
- Difficulty breathing
- Numbness, and
- Unnatural posture.
If your child is suffering from a medical condition that was caused by medical malpractice during birth, Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our Waco birth injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and find out if you have a valid case.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
There are a wide range of medical errors that can lead to birth injuries. A brief list of some of the most common mistakes would include:
- Excessive twisting or pulling during delivery
- Improperly using vacuum extractors, forceps, or other medical equipment
- Failing to schedule a C-section when needed
- Administering the wrong type of medication to the mother or baby, and
- Failing to monitor the baby after the delivery.
If your child’s injury was caused by one of the mistakes outlined above, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with our Waco law firm today to discuss your case in greater detail and find out more about how we may be able to help.
Birth Injuries vs. Birth Defects
The terms “birth injuries” and “birth defects” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, they do not mean the same thing. Before filing a birth injury lawsuit, it is a good idea to take a few minutes to learn a little more about the key differences between these two terms:
Birth injuries generally occur during the birthing process. In many cases, birth injuries are caused by negligence on the part of a medical professional. On occasion, however, they may be the result of an unavoidable complication during the delivery.
A birth defect is an illness or health issue that develops when the baby is still in the mother’s womb. Such defects are usually inherited genetically. However, they may also be caused by external environmental factors.
If you are not sure whether your case involves a defect or an injury, please contact the skilled team at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP. We will review your case and provide you with the information you need.
Compensation in Waco Birth Injury Cases
Payouts in Texas birth injury cases are generally tied to the seriousness of the injury. A relatively minor medical condition that clears up after just a few days is likely to receive a fairly small compensation package. However, a birth injury that results in life-long health concerns or disabilities will almost certainly receive a much more sizeable settlement.
Plaintiffs in birth injury cases generally receive compensation for at least a few of the following damages:
- Initial medical care
- Ongoing care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, and
- Pain and suffering.
To get an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you may be able to secure for your child’s injuries, please contact Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP today.
Statute of Limitations for Birth Injuries in Texas
Generally speaking, the sooner a birth injury lawsuit is filed, the sooner the parents and child receive the compensation they deserve. As such, the vast majority of suits are brought forward within a year of the delivery.
If it has been more than a year since your child was injured, don’t worry. You should still be able to claim compensation. The state of Texas has a standardized two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims.
In cases involving an adult, the two-year clock begins on the day that the injuries were sustained. For minors, however, the timer does not start until their 18th birthday. This rule means that a birth injury suit can almost always be brought forward at any point before the child turns 20.
If you have any questions about the statute of limitations in your child’s case, please do not hesitate our Waco birth injury lawyers. We have been providing legal advice and guidance to the people of Waco for years – and would be happy to do the same for you.
Waco Birth Injury Lawyers You Can Count On
The attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP have been representing the people of Waco, TX in their personal injury cases for years. When you turn to us for help with your birth injury case, our extensive experience and track record of success can directly benefit you. Give our Waco law office a call today to schedule your free consultation and learn more today.