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Birth Injury to Mother and Child

The senior attorney at The Zinn Law Firm, Carter Zinn, is not just a successful attorney – he is a parent as well. Perhaps for this reason, we have a particular passion for representing families where either mother or child has suffered serious, life-altering injuries during pregnancy and childbirth.

The miracle of childbirth is something to behold. The vast majority of the time, babies are born without complication and after a day or two, mother and baby are sent home, healthy and thriving. But some pregnancies and deliveries have a different result. Certain complications of pregnancy can result in injury to mother and/or child during pregnancy or delivery when the treating physician fails to exercise due care. These complications can include:

  • preeclampsia
  • maternal infections and infected ambiotic fluid
  • incompetent cervix
  • placenta previa or placental insufficiency
  • abnormal delivery positions
  • fetal macrosomia (unusually large baby inside a smaller mother)

When factors like these are present, the physicians involved in the delivery of the child must exercise particular care to monitor the condition of the fetus to make sure that the baby is safe and getting sufficient oxygen. The failure to do so can lead to tragic results.

Birth Injury due to Lack of Oxygen During Pregnancy or Delivery

When the facts show that medical professionals do not exercise due care in monitoring the health of the baby during pregnancy or childbirth, tragic consequences can occur, including death of the child, death or serious injury to the mother, or life-long developmental challenges for the child. For example, prenatal (prior to delivery) and perinatal (during or after delivery) hypoxia (lack of sufficient oxygen) can cause permanent brain damage to the child, including cerebral palsy, resulting in life-long developmental disabilities and challenges. Improper delivery technique can result in broken bones, or even spinal cord damage to the baby. Also, if the mother had improperly treated infections during pregnancy, this too can result in serious injury to the baby.

In cases where the baby is injured due to prenatal or perinatal hypoxia, or other causes, you need to hire an attorney who can dig deep into the medical facts to discover if the injury to the child was caused by a failure to exercise due care. If the medical facts support this conclusion, your attorney needs to be prepared to advocate to recover enough money to take care of your brain-injured child’s needs for their entire lives, even after the parents’ passing. These are called “life care plans”, and they can total up to tens of millions of dollars in the most serious injury cases.

Our Attorneys Fight the Wealthy Insurance Companies on the Other Side of Birth Injury Cases

The insurance companies that sell professional liability insurance to doctors and hospitals that cause these kind of injuries are very profitable and have significant financial assets at their disposal. For this reason, you can be assured that the physicians and medical professionals whose mistakes injured you or your child during pregnancy or delivery will have experienced, battle-tested attorneys and medical experts on their side. The Zinn Law Firm is very prepared for this. In such cases, you need experienced trial lawyers who have the knowledge, experience, skill, and resources to fight against these forces so that you can obtain the funds you will need to give your injured child as normal a life as possible. We are proud to represent families who face such challenges.

Birth Injury to Mother During Delivery

When medical complications arise during pregnancy and birth, the mother can also suffer significant, and in some cases, life-changing injuries to their reproductive organs, uterus, and other significant medical injuries. We have had the privilege of representing several mothers injured during child birth due to medical mistakes.

Please see a sample case we have resolved as a result of injuries suffered by due to medical mistakes during pregnancy or childbirth.

If you or your child has suffered a serious injury that you believe may be related to medical mistakes during your pregnancy or childbirth, please call the attorneys at The Zinn Law Firm for a free consultation at 415-292-4100.

Client Reviews

Their dedication, expertise, and genuine concern for my well-being was so appreciated during a very challenging time.

Katherine S.

Carter Zinn & his associates were the finest advocates I could have hoped to find representing me after a serious cycling accident. Carter worked tirelessly, dedicating himself at every point in the lengthy legal process. It was an honor to have worked with him & his firm. I give him my very highest...

Louis Q.

Carter Zinn is an astute professional. He knows his business well and is realistic about his and his clients' expectations. His guidance, kindness, and methodical approach were greatly appreciated by my husband and me. It was a privilege to work with Carter and we both agree that his knowledge...


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