At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are committed to helping birth injury victims secure justice and compensation. Our legacy of excellence spans more than 50 years.
We know what it means to have your newborn’s health and future ripped out from under you. We have helped parents, grandparents and guardians of children with cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, mental retardation, seizures and other birth injuries. We know that children with cerebral palsy require special treatment, occupational therapy, medication and attendant care. If you are a parent of a special-needs child, there are many resources that may be able to provide you help. If your baby suffered injuries before, during or after birth, our staff (which includes a doctor-lawyer) may be able to help. While cerebral palsy can be caused by things other than birth trauma (including bacterial or viral infections), only experts trained in assessing the management of labor and delivery can determine if your child’s injury was related to negligence.
Trusted And Experienced Birth Injury Attorneys
Our California attorneys and experts have identified negligence in cases involving forceps deliveries; vacuum extractions; exceptionally long labor; low amniotic fluid; twisted, compressed or compromised umbilical cords; a baby that is large for its gestational age; placental abruption; uterine rupture; and signs of lack of oxygen and/or trauma. Our attorneys will analyze electronic fetal heart rate monitoring tapes to determine if you and your baby were properly monitored during the birth process.
Examples Of Our Many Success Stories
As one of the area’s premier birth injury law firms, we have obtained numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for infants and their families. Below are several examples of how we have helped families finance the cost of rehabilitation and recovery.
- Cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and cognitive impairment: A senior partner at the firm obtained a groundbreaking $23.2 million jury verdict for a child who suffered extensive heath problems during a traumatic delivery. The family medicine doctor failed to appreciate the signs of fetal distress, resulting in a failure to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner. The verdict is among the largest birth injury awards in the nation.
- Hypoxia at birth: We obtained a $6 million settlement for a child who suffered hypoxic brain injury during delivery. The nurse and obstetrician failed to adequately monitor and respond to signs of placental abruption, despite the mother’s elevated risk.
- Anoxic brain damage: We obtained a $5 million settlement on behalf of a child who suffered irreparable brain damage during delivery. The obstetricians failed to correctly analyze or diagnose fetal distress on the fetal monitoring tapes. Our experts testified that had a timely cesarean section been ordered, the child would not have suffered the oxygen deprivation that led to lifelong brain damage.
- Hypoxic ischemic brain damage: We negotiated a $5 million settlement for a young boy who suffered global brain damage during birth. The attending physicians failed to detect fetal distress. This settlement is among the largest ever negotiated on behalf of a North Bay plan member of the HMO at issue.
- Failure to recognize fetal distress: We negotiated a $5 million settlement on behalf of an infant who suffered developmental delay, permanent neurological injuries and other complications. The attending physician failed to monitor the fetus after the mother developed inflammation of the amniotic membranes.
- Failure to timely perform a C-section: We obtained a $4.1 million arbitration award against Kaiser Permanente on behalf of a newborn afflicted with multiple neurological injuries. The infant suffered oxygen deprivation after his mother’s uterus ruptured. The attending midwife and obstetrical nurses failed to properly manage the mother’s labor.
- Nurse error: We obtained a $3.25 million settlement for a child who suffered cerebral palsy, cortical blindness and other complications at birth. The attending nurses ignored signs of fetal distress, despite the high-risk nature of the pregnancy.
- Failure to recognize neonatal hypoglycemia: We negotiated a $2.25 million settlement on behalf of an infant who suffered permanent blindness, developmental delay, cognitive deficits and other complications. The attending nursing staff failed to follow proper protocols after the baby showed signs of hypoglycemia.
- Delayed hospital admittance: We negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a child who suffered brain damage and other complications when the mother’s uterus ruptured. A nurse negligently failed to advise the mother to come to the hospital in time.
- Infant death: We obtained a favorable award on behalf of parents whose 2-day-old infant died due to complications from the mother’s uterine rupture. The doctors failed to realize that the baby was outside the uterus and in the abdominal cavity. As a result, an emergency C-section was performed too late.
- Failure to diagnose Down syndrome: We obtained an $875,000 settlement in a wrongful birth case after the medical center failed to offer prenatal screenings for a high-risk pregnancy.
If your child has suffered a birth injury, we want to hear your story. If medical negligence or medical malpractice was involved, our lawyers want to help. Contact the California birth injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger in San Francisco for a free consultation. Call our office now a t415-981-7210.