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Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Kansas and Missouri

Medical Negligence & Birth Injuries

Medical malpractice is defined as improper or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional. The burden of proving medical malpractice is on the plaintiff in a lawsuit, and any person who alleges medical malpractice must prove four elements

A duty of care was owed by the healthcare provider. The medical provider violated the applicable standard of care The patient suffered a compensable injury, and The injury was caused by the negligence.

A few common examples of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis, misinterpretation of lab results, unnecessary or wrong site surgery, improper medication, poor follow up care, premature discharge from healthcare facility, failure to order proper test or recognize symptoms, nicking or cutting the wrong organ during surgery, and disregarding patient history.

Birth Injury Lawyers Need Even More Knowledge of This Medical Speciality

Childbirth is a special time for a parent but it comes with high risks for both the mother and baby. If medical professionals fail to provide appropriate care, disastrous injuries and even death can occur to the mother or the baby. Doctors, nurses, technicians, midwives, anesthesiologists, and other staff who are involved all have a duty to their patients, and when their negligence causes the mother or baby harm, there may be legal grounds to hold them accountable.

A birth trauma can lead to a wide range of injuries, from brain injury to permanent disabilities. These damages and their long-term consequences can be overwhelming, and financially ruin a family. It is very important to seek compensation if your child has suffered a life-altering injury due to the malpractice on the part of medical providers.

There are several types of Birth Injuries including Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury, Baby Brain Damage, Shoulder Dystocia and Erb’s Palsy.  If your doctor has diagnosed one of these injuries, you owe it to your family to see if the doctor’s negligence caused this injury. 

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Cerebral Palsy

The types of cerebral palsy vary widely between cases, but a baby affected by it will typically display abnormal muscle development and motor abilities. Other characteristics include irregular posture, a delay in development, and spinal curvature. Brain damage is responsible for the condition, and this trauma can occur through medical error, including asphyxia before birth, issues during the perinatal period, or trauma during birth.

Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus refers to nerves that run from the spinal cord to the arm and hand. If these nerves are damaged during a difficult birth, the baby may face muscle weakness, limpness, or paralysis in the affected arm.

Baby Brain Damage

A baby’s brain can be severely damaged if deprived of oxygen during birth. Known as birth hypoxia, this condition is frequently preventable and can contribute to cerebral palsy or other birth injuries in babies.

Shoulder Dystocia

This condition occurs during birth when a baby’s shoulders have difficulty passing out of the mother following the head. If physicians handle this issue improperly, it can lead to damage of the brachial plexus and permanent nerve trauma.

Erb’s Palsy

A commonly occurring brachial plexus injury, this condition can cause permanent loss of muscle control in the arm.

If your baby has suffered any of these conditions, or other damage from a birth injury, you may be able to seek compensation with the help of an experienced birth injury lawyer at Sifers Jensen Palmer.  We handle medical negligence cases all over Missouri, Kansas, Nevada, and New Mexico. 

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We only get paid if you get paid on your medical malpractice case.  We work on a contingent fee basis that explicitly states that you owe us nothing for attorney’s fees if we don’t collect for you.  Hiring a medical malpractice lawyer is a personal decision, but at Sifers Jensen Palmer we have a team of lawyers and a qualified and friendly office staff of experienced legal professionals, all armed with knowledge of medical negligence and birth injury litigation to help you.  Please contact Sifers Jensen Palmer for a no obligation appointment with one of our experienced lawyers.  To learn more about all of your options, call us toll free for a free consultation to discuss your case.