California Infant Death Attorneys
The death of a newborn produces overwhelming grief and loss for parents. The dreams they carried for nine months end in a way that no one could have foreseen.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our infant death attorneys understand the emotional challenges parents face after the loss of a child during childbirth or in the first year of life. We work to help parents hold individuals or companies responsible for the injuries and death they caused.
Our legal team handles wrongful death cases throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Hayward and Santa Clara. Call our firm at (415) 981-7210 or send us an email to arrange a free consultation.
Experienced San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyers
The wrongful death lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have represented parents throughout California for more than 50 years. We have successfully handled wrongful infant death cases involving:
- Medical malpractice and birth injuries
- Car accidents
- Defective products such as faulty car seats, cribs and baby slings
- Dangerous toys
California Baby Death Lawsuit Case Studies
Uterine Rupture — Infant Death
Our medical malpractice wrongful death lawyers resolved a birth injury case, for a confidential amount, on behalf of the parents of a 2-day-old infant who died after his mother’s uterus ruptured during labor. The mother was admitted to the hospital with contractions, but was sent home several hours later because the nurses felt she was not progressing. Once home, she began to experience severe abdominal pain. By the time doctors realized that the infant was outside the uterus in the abdominal cavity, an emergency cesarean section was unsuccessful in delivering the baby before it suffered severe compromise. The infant died two days later. Our attorneys demonstrated that the mother should never have been sent home from the hospital, and that had she been monitored properly, her impending uterine rupture would have been recognized, a timely cesarean section would have been performed, and the baby’s life saved.
Skull Fracture During Delivery — Major Confidential Settlement
Our medical negligence wrongful death lawyers negotiated a confidential settlement on behalf of the parents of an infant who died from a skull fracture he sustained during delivery. Our deposition of the obstetrician revealed that he recognized that the infant’s ability to pass through the birth canal was compromised, but rather than doing a cesarean section, he used metal forceps to advance the delivery. Imaging studies showed massive cranial fractures, and the infant died shortly after birth. The father had witnessed the horrific delivery, and a portion of the settlement was his claim for emotional distress.
Birth Trauma – Fatal Hypoxic Injury
Our team of infant wrongful death attorneys obtained a binding arbitration award against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan following negligent delivery at the Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, California. Our attorneys proved that the infant suffered fatal injury when his mother’s uterus ruptured during labor. The attending midwife failed to reduce or stop the administration of Pitocin, a labor-enhancing drug. The nurses also left the mother unattended before the uterine rupture, which resulted in a failure to identify the ominous signs of fetal distress.
Contact Our San Francisco Wrongful Death Law Firm
When an adult dies, a family can recover specific damages for the loss of income and services. When a baby dies, California law provides for “general damages” to the parent. General damages include emotional trauma, depression and loss of companionship and affection.
If you have lost an infant to a birth injury or someone you know has lost a child through the negligence of another in a car accident, fire or other type of accident, contact our California infant wrongful death lawyers today.
To arrange a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.