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Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.

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4701 S 19th St #300,
Tacoma, WA 98405

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.