A Birth Injury Firm Committed To Helping Your Child Recover

Medical malpractice is a particularly complex segment of personal injury law, and birth injury cases even more so. Injured children and their families are facing uncertainty and tough obstacles. The Talaska Law Firm is here to help.

Attorney Robert Talaska has been involved in this area of law since 1988, taking on a variety of cases related to birth injury. We strive to do the very best for our clients in Texas and across the nation by getting to know their families and understanding their needs.

Birth Injury Attorneys Focused On Justice For Families

Brain injuries to a baby during labor and delivery due to lack of oxygen and blood flow to the baby's brain can happen for a number of reasons. It is the labor and delivery team's job to look for and respond to signs that a baby is not getting all of the oxygen or blood flow he or she needs in the womb. It they don't detect it and properly respond to it, babies can suffer permanent brain damage. This is often preventable had the labor and delivery team done their job and kept the vulnerable baby out of harm's way.

Our firm has successfully represented families in a wide range of birth injury cases involving those related to the failure to detect and respond to signs of lack of oxygen and blood flow during labor and delivery, a leading cause of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. These cases include:

  • Failure to diagnose and respond to fetal distress
  • Failure to properly interpret fetal monitor tracings
  • Failure to properly obtain an interpretable fetal monitor tracing
  • Failure to use an internal fetal scalp electrode and intrauterine pressure catheter to accurately monitor the baby during labor
  • Negligently monitoring the mother's heart rate instead of the baby's heart rate
  • Failure to recognize signs of a baby not tolerating the labor process
  • Failure of nurses to respond to excessive uterine activity, including too frequent of contractions, too long of contractions and not enough relaxation time between contractions
  • Failing to provide intrauterine resuscitation measures, including stopping Pitocin, giving oxygen and a IV bolus, and turning the mother
  • Failing to properly manage the second stage of labor by not having the patient "labor down"
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of a placental abruption
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of an uterine rupture
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of an umbilical cord prolapse
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of maternal-fetal hemorrhage
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of an umbilical artery tear
  • Failing to properly manage a shoulder dystocia
  • Failing to recognize failure to progress during labor
  • Failing to detect an abnormal maternal pelvis leading to birth trauma
  • Failing to diagnose abnormally large babies in the womb leading to birth trauma
  • Failing to properly utilize a vacuum extractor resulting in trauma to the baby
  • Failing to properly utilize a set of forceps resulting in trauma to the baby
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of uteroplacental insufficiency (UPI) during pregnancy and labor and delivery
  • Failing to diagnose and treat maternal hypertension, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia resulting in injury to the baby
  • Failing to diagnose and treat maternal diabetes in a pregnancy resulting in injury to the baby
  • Failing to administer antibiotics during labor leading to an infection in the baby causing brain damage
  • Failing to prevent prematurity by properly administering steroids and tocolytics
  • Failing to prevent prematurity by performing a cervical cerclage
  • Failing to timely call the obstetrician when the fetal monitor tracing shows problems
  • Failing to recognize and respond to severe, repetitive fetal heart rate variable decelerations resulting in injury to the baby
  • Failing to recognize and respond to repetitive late decelerations resulting in injury to a baby
  • Failing to recognize a velamentous cord insertion with resulting injury to the baby
  • Failing to recognize a placenta previa with resulting injury to the baby
  • Failing to advise about the risks of vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)
  • Failing to advise about the risks of a vaginal delivery when an excessive grown baby is suspected
  • Failing to detect and treat intrauterine growth restriction
  • Failing to properly perform amniocentesis resulting in injury to the baby
  • Failure of nurses to act as patient advocates when they believe the obstetrician is not responding properly to a problem
  • Failure of the nurses to act as the "eyes and ears" for the physician and timely report problems to the obstetrician
  • Failing to recognize abnormal progress of labor with slow dilatation of the cervix or slow descent of the baby down the birth canal
  • Failing to properly monitor the baby after the administration of epidural anesthesia
  • Failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of abnormal maternal bleeding resulting in injury to the baby
  • Failing to properly manage a breech delivery resulting in injury to the baby
  • Failing to properly manage a twin pregnancy, including the route of delivery causing injury to the baby
  • Failing to properly interpret prenatal testing, including nonstress tests, stress tests and Biophysical profiles

Many problems can occur during labor and delivery that can injure the baby. Modern labor and delivery units have the tools and resources to prevent these tragic outcomes. When they do not do their job, The Talaska Law Firm can prove that the baby's injury could and should have been avoided had the labor and delivery team properly done their job. It is that ability to prove that medical errors were made that sets The Talaska Law Firm apart. Knowing the medicine and the inner workings of labor and delivery units allows The Talaska Law Firm to uncover the evidence necessary to prove the case in a court of law. Often when that proof is established, the health care providers will offer a substantial settlement to provide for the baby's lifetime of needs. These settlements are life-changing for these deserving families.

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At The Talaska Law Firm, we strive to be on the cutting edge of knowledge in birth injury case, making sure we know who the best experts are and the best way to present birth injury cases to a judge and jury. We firmly believe that you should not have to pay for someone else's mistake.

Our experienced lawyers offer free consultations for families considering legal action after a birth injury. After the initial consultation, we pay the upfront costs for your case. We only charge you a fee if we obtain compensation for you. Call our office in Houston at 888-791-5191 or send us an email to learn how we can help.