Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is devastating for anyone at any age. When an injury to the spinal cord of an infant occurs during the birth process, a hopeful event quickly becomes a tragedy. Birth injuries to a spinal cord during labor and delivery almost always involve medical malpractice. At the San Jose birth injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are skilled in representing parents in all types of birth injury cases including those involving spinal cord injuries. We understand the long-term financial impact of caring for a newborn with a spinal cord injury, and we aggressively pursue maximum compensation for families facing this medical challenge.Spinal Cord Birth Injuries in California
Difficult labors can lead to medical emergencies that must be handled with great care. When proper procedures are not followed during a challenging birth, the baby can sustain life-altering injuries including an injury to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries during birth are rare. When they do occur, it is typically because the doctor or midwife attempted to deliver the baby too quickly. If fetal monitoring shows the baby to be in distress or if the baby is in a breech position, for example, the rush to get the baby out can lead to devastating mistakes. An injury to the spinal cord can occur when:
- Forceps are used improperly,
- Vacuum extraction is done improperly,
- Too much force or torsion is used on the head while extracting the infant’s body, and
- The infant’s body is mishandled during a breech birth.
Birth injuries to the spinal cord typically occur to the neck area and may result in substantial permanent physical disability, which can require lifetime medical care. New treatments for paralysis and nerve regeneration are on the horizon, however. Our attorneys take a broad view when pursuing full compensation for devastating birth injuries. We strive to ensure that you and your child may take advantage of all medical treatments that are available now and that will become available in the future.
If your child has sustained a spinal cord injury during birth, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation. We will answer your questions and explain your legal options. Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation in serious birth injury cases. From our office in San Jose, CA, we work with clients throughout Northern California including Santa Clara and Monterey Counties.