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Birth Injuries

Tacoma Law Firm Fights for Compensation for Birth Injuries

Holding healthcare providers accountable for negligent harm to child and mother

Preventable harm to a child can happen anytime during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or shortly after birth when a healthcare provider fails to perform at an acceptable level of care. Mothers can also suffer unnecessarily when a doctor fails to observe protocols and to take decisive steps to safeguard her health and safety. Since 1959, the attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. have worked diligently to ensure that injured newborns and mothers obtain compensation. Birth injury litigation involves highly complex medical and legal issues. Fortunately, our attorneys and staff have the experience, knowledge and skill to achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Common birth injuries to newborns and their mothers

Under the best of circumstances, delivery is hard on both mother and child. But when medical professionals commit negligent errors, a variety of bad outcomes are possible. Babies may suffer asphyxia, hypoxia or trauma, resulting in cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, bone fractures and even facial paralysis. Mothers may sustain perineum tears requiring surgical repair, pelvic nerve damage or life-threatening hemorrhage and asphyxia. We are committed to helping injured babies and their mothers obtain sufficient compensation for the magnitude of this harm.

Various medical errors can lead to birth injuries

The following are examples of medical errors that cause birth injuries:

  • Failure to properly monitor a woman’s condition during pregnancy
  • Failure to diagnose or treat premature rupture of the membranes
  • Failure to refer a woman with high-risk pregnancy symptoms to an obstetrician specializing in high-risk pregnancies
  • Delay in ordering a cesarean section (C-section) delivery when medically necessary
  • Reading or analyzing prenatal tests incorrectly
  • Failure to note and respond to changes in the condition of the fetus during labor or delivery
  • Failure to anticipate birth complications with a larger baby
  • Failure to monitor and treat maternal health complications
  • Failure to respond appropriately to bleeding
  • Failure to observe or respond to umbilical cord entrapment
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress (including irregularities in the fetal heartbeat)
  • Failure to diagnose or treat infection
  • Improper or excessive use of vacuum extraction or forceps during delivery
  • Failure to provide timely diagnosis or treatment of placenta previa or placental abruption
  • Performing a traumatic delivery
  • Failure to act upon signs of oxygen deprivation in the fetus

Contact our Tacoma birth injury lawyers for effective legal representation

If your loved one has suffered a birth injury, call the trial lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. now at 253.250.4516 or contact our firm online. Let our experience work for you. Our initial consultation is free of charge. We advance all costs of litigation and you only pay for our services after you receive monetary compensation.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
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  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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