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When a newborn infant suffers birth injuries, it is heartbreaking, devastating the entire family. If your child was injured at birth through medical negligence, contact The Janda Law Firm today. Our Las Vegas birth injury lawyer, as a board-certified neurologist, has extensive medical knowledge that can benefit parents seeking justice for a baby who has suffered injury or is impaired as result of medical negligence.

Why Choose Our Las Vegas Birth Injury Attorneys?

  • In addition to our legal knowledge and skills, we have extensive medical experience. Dr. Paul Janda is the first and only neurologist-lawyer in the state of Nevada.
  • We have in-depth understanding of complex medical evidence and how trauma affects the spinal cord and the brain in birth injury cases.
  • We prepare every case thoroughly, as though we were going to trial, crafting well-researched legal strategies that are comprehensive in their intent to pursue the maximum possible compensation.

What Are Common Types of Birth Injuries?

Birth is a traumatic experience, and minor injuries are not uncommon. However, medical negligence can result in serious birth injuries that could have been prevented. Birth injuries that sometimes occur as a result of medical malpractice include:

  • Cerebral palsy: This refers to a group of neurological disorders resulting from damage to the brain. It can occur when the medical team fails to detect fetal distress during delivery.
  • Erb’s palsy: This condition involves injury to the nerves in the upper arm. It can be caused by a physician pulling too forcefully on the baby’s arms during childbirth or by improper use of forceps or vacuums.
  • Facial paralysis: Pressure on the baby’s face with the use of forceps for delivery can cause injury to the facial nerve. When a newborn baby with facial paralysis cries, there is no movement, and the eye will not close on the injured side of the face. If the facial nerve is torn, surgery may be required to correct it.
  • Brachial palsy: This condition results from injury to the nerves that supply the arms and hands (brachial plexus) when the doctor has difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulder. The child loses the ability to flex and rotate the arm. If the nerve is torn, it can cause permanent nerve damage.
  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: This is a serious injury that occurs when the infant’s brain does not receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery. It can result in brain damage, developmental problems, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and even death.
  • Fractures: Clavicle fractures sometime occur during delivery. They are unavoidable in some cases, but in other cases, could have been prevented if the doctor had reasonably foreseen complications and performed a C-section.

Who Is Liable For A Birth Injury In Nevada?

Birth injury claims are a type of medical malpractice claim and not limited to medical doctors. Potentially liable parties may include nurses, anesthesiologists, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities and medical providers. Hospitals may be held liable for birth injuries directly for their own negligence, or vicariously for the negligence of their employees. However, this is not the case when physicians are independent contractors, rather than employees of the hospital. A pharmaceutical company may be liable for birth injuries if a drug caused the injuries, but only if the manufacturer failed to warn doctors of its potential dangers and side effects.

Contact our LV Birth Injury Lawyer at The Janda Law Firm

Serious birth injuries can cause lifelong disabilities and require years of medical treatment. If your child was injured at birth and you believe or suspect it resulted from medical malpractice, contact The Janda Law Firm right away. Our Las Vegas birth injury lawyer is here to provide the strong legal representation and dedicated advocacy your family deserves.