Houston Birth Fracture Lawyers
Your child’s birth is the culmination of months of preparation. Doctors’ appointments, birthing classes, baby showers, and other kinds of heightened anticipation are all consuming. No detail is unimportant. Regardless of how prepared you are, however, the medical team overseeing your delivery may not be as vigilant. If your child has sustained a fracture during the birthing process, the hospital and/or doctor may ultimately be to blame for your child’s injuries.
When proper medical oversight and treatment could have prevented your child’s injury, you should not be responsible for covering any expenses related to the birth-related fracture. While many babies usually make a full recovery, the at-fault party should still cover the costs associated with their mistake. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you fight for justice and recover the compensation for the losses that you have experienced.
A full and fair legal settlement or verdict can make a significant difference in your ability to access quality medical care to treat your child’s injuries. The birth injury lawyers at Williams Hart have decades of experience holding doctors and medical institutions accountable when their lack of appropriate or reasonable care leaves patients and their families with significant pain and expenses. When we take your case, we treat you like family and put the full force of our legal acumen to work for your benefit.
The birth of your child is a monumental event and you deserve the best care. At Williams Hart our Houston birth fracture attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for families affected by subpar medical treatment. If your child suffered a trauma at birth, we are ready to hear your story. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call (713) 352-7071 or reach out to us online.
Do I Need a Fracture Attorney?
Holding a medical facility or physician responsible for the injuries that they have caused is no small feat. Houston is home to some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the United States. These institutions are both wealthy and also have powerful attorneys and comprehensive insurance plans to protect them from the brunt of injury claims.
If you are serious about recovering the amount of money that you need to cope with your newborn’s injuries, you really should hire an experienced attorney to manage your case. A Houston birth injury lawyer knows what it takes to go up against a powerful institution and win.
If a fracture case winds up in civil court, the burden of proof is by a preponderance of the evidence. This legalese means that the evidence presented must prove that it was more likely than not that the overseeing medical team caused your child’s injury, even if the evidence tips the scales of justice possibly by just 51 to 49 percent. Evidence for your case can include medical documentation, expert witness statements, and other relevant information. A Houston birth fracture injury lawyer is essential in leading the charge to build the best possible case so that you can hold those at-fault responsible for your child’s suffering.
Why Hire Williams Hart to Handle My Case?
The attorneys at Williams Hart never compromise when it comes to quality. If we take your case, we will fight tirelessly to pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible for your family. In the time that we’ve been working for Houston personal injury victims, we’ve won billions of dollars in favorable legal outcomes. While a favorable outcome will not undo the trauma that your child experienced, suitable compensation can help you manage the recovery process and provide your child with the best care available
We know that injuries are accompanied by both financial and non-economic losses. Since birth injuries can impact you and your family for years to come, you need the necessary financial resources to cope. For this reason, we are committed to going above and beyond when it comes to negotiating a full and fair settlement. Remember, too, that if we are unable to reach a full and fair settlement, our attorneys stand ready to bring your claim before a judge or jury.
John Eddie Williams, Jr., who is certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has been at the helm of our leadership for decades. He is a recognized advocate for the rights of families on the losing end of institutional negligence, helping pave a way forward in the midst of incredibly difficult circumstances. His commitment to injury victims is representative of our firm’s larger motivation, to serve the Houston community. While we want to secure the best possible settlement or verdict, more than winning a favorable legal outcome, our job is to help your family.
Types of Fracture Cases We Handle
Of the different injuries that an infant can sustain during the birthing process, fractures are among the most preventable. Larger infants are often at a higher risk for sustaining fractures due to their size. Delivering large babies can be much more difficult on the mother’s body and necessitate an assisted delivery. During assisted deliveries, the physician will use either forceps or a vacuum extractor to aid in the process of a vaginal delivery.
Though these tools can be crucially helpful, they cause significant trauma to the infant when not used properly. In addition to improper use of assisted delivery tools, failure to reasonably account for complications and improper handling of the infant can also cause fractures. The following are the most common fractures that infants sustain during the delivery process:
- Clavicle fractures – A fracture to the clavicle, or the collar bone, is the most common of all birth injury fractures. Connecting the shoulder to the chest, this bone can be vulnerable to breaking if the infant’s shoulder becomes stuck in the birth canal. An infant with a broken clavicle may cry when the fractured area is touched, avoid moving their arm, and drop their injured shoulder lower than the unaffected side.
- Femur fractures – Though less common than clavicle injuries, a fracture to the thighbone is often accompanied by a longer, more involved healing process. Often a femoral fracture can occur if the child is positioned irregularly, or twisted, during delivery. Symptoms of a femur fracture may include swelling, redness, bruising, and limited to no mobility in the affected leg.
- Growth plate fractures – Growth plates are located at the end of long bones like the arms and legs. Also known as epiphyseal plates, growth plates are comprised of softer tissue which will promote the growth of your child’s bones. Serious fracturing to these plates can impact your child’s development. Symptoms of a growth plate injury include redness, swelling, and limited mobility in the affected area.
Fortunately, with proper treatment and care, many infants are able to make a full recovery from their injuries. Even if your child is projected to make a complete recovery, the responsible medical team or hospital should be nonetheless held accountable for the trauma that your family has endured. Our birth injury lawyers at Williams Hart are committed to helping you recover the compensation that you need to make sure that your child receives the best possible care.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are considering hiring an attorney to hold a careless medical institution or physician accountable, you undoubtedly have questions. Since the birth injury lawyers at Williams Hart have decades of experience addressing the concerns of Houston families, we are ready to answer. Gain more insight by reading over some of our frequently asked questions and call (713) 352-7071 for a free case evaluation.
How Are Growth Plate Injuries Classified?
In the medical field, growth plate fractures are categorized using a system called the Salter-Harris Classification. This system identifies both the severity of a growth plate fracture and the treatment moving forward. A growth plate fracture may be identified as Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4, or Type 5. A Type 1 injury is the least severe classification and a Type 5 injury indicates that the growth plate has been crushed.
How Are Infant Fractures Treated?
Medical intervention is always necessary to treat your newborn’s fracture. The treatment suggested for your child depends on where the fracture occurred and its severity. Newborn bones are much softer than those of an adolescent or adult. For this reason, the healing process often progresses more quickly than it would for an adult. This underscores the importance of taking quick action to ensure that the bone heals correctly.
Common means of medical intervention to treat fractures in infants include fitting a cast or splint, performing a closed reduction, or a surgical procedure. Following treatment, closely abide by all care instructions so that your child has the best chance for a full recovery.
Could My Child’s Injuries Have Been Prevented?
Our team will look at the facts of your case, study various relevant records, and speak with experts to determine how much the delivering medical team contributed to your child’s birth injuries. Each case is different. If the healthcare providers used a tool improperly, failed to intervene in appropriate ways, handled your child without due care, or overlooked anticipating possible outcomes, they should be made to answer for their actions. When we fight for you, the lawyers at Williams Hart leave no stone unturned.
Reach Out to a Lawyer From Williams Hart Today
If your child has been injured by the careless or negligent actions of a hospital, doctor, or another medical provider, you need an birth fracture lawyer. The Houston birth injury attorneys of Williams Hart are ready to discuss your case and help you move forward. To speak with a member of our team today, call (713) 352-7071, fill out our website response form, or speak with us via live chat.