Birth Injury Attorney
A birth injury due to medical negligence can greatly impact your child's development and quality of life.
The birth injury lawyers at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, are known for taking on complex cases other Utah attorneys won't touch.
With our Salt Lake City, UT, firm’s help, your family can collect maximum restitution to cover the cost of medical expenses and more.
Reach Out Now Speak With a Birth Injury Attorney Today
A birth injury caused by the negligence of medical professionals can leave your child with lifelong health complications. By pursuing a birth injury lawsuit, you may be awarded a settlement or jury award that can help cover your child's medical needs and keep your family from suffering financial ruin due to someone else’s negligence. During a free consultation at our Salt Lake City, Utah, office, our birth injury attorneys will review your claim for any medical malpractice. We are known for taking the toughest cases and know how to help victims achieve the justice they deserve. If we take your case, you pay nothing unless we win. Call:
What Is Considered a Birth Injury?
A birth injury occurs when there is a physical injury during delivery. Birth injuries may be caused by doctors, nurses, physicians, and other medical staff members who fail to provide adequate care. This type of medical negligence may include:
- Not recognizing distress in the mother or infant
- Delaying a C-section
- Overlooking health complications
- Failing to monitor and react to vital signs
- Using faulty equipment or incorrectly using equipment
- Handling the umbilical cord incorrectly
Birth injuries are different from birth defects, which are health conditions caused by genetic and congenital issues. Some birth injuries may occur as a result of health conditions that cannot be prevented by medical professionals.
Depending on the severity of the birth injury, a child may develop a permanent disability and need ongoing medical care.
The Younker Hyde Macfarlane Advantage
A Firm With Strong Ties in Utah
We work with former insurance attorneys, medical experts, and defense counsels all across the state. Thanks to our relationships, we often settle cases early in pre-litigation for substantial amounts without filing a single document.
Lawyers Versed In Birth Injury Cases
We file more birth injury claims than any other firm in Utah. When it comes to holding responsible parties accountable for medical malpractice, our birth injury lawyers will build the strongest possible case.
Lawyers Trusted by Other Lawyers
Most of Younker Hyde Macfarlane's cases are referrals from other firms, specifically other personal injury attorneys. That's because our injury lawyers have a reputation for taking on complex cases that other attorneys won't touch.
All Victims Can Afford Our Help
If we believe your child suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, we will fight for the settlement you deserve. If we take your case, you pay no fees or costs until we successfully resolve your case.
You Only Have Two Years
to File a Lawsuit
While two years may seem like a long time, your chances of succeeding in your lawsuit are best if you contact us as soon as possible. This gives our firm more time to gather facts and preserve evidence that will strengthen your case. Don't let time run out. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Utah Can Count on Us
"We were referred to Yonker|Hide|Macfarlane because of medical malpractice that ended up taking the life of our child. Although there is nothing that can bring our son back, we found great emotional support and even hope at such a fragile time while working with them. We met with Mckay Corbett at first and he attentively listened for hours then John Macfarlane took over the case. He is a compassionate lawyer, who genuinely wanted to help bring justice and peace to us. He's also managed to, with his many skills and perseverance, get us a fair and good settlement that gave us the sense of closure we were looking for." Ingrid Pimentel
Complications Caused by Birth Injuries Conditions That Can Justify a Lawsuit
Shoulder dystocia happens when one or both of a baby's shoulders get stuck during birth. Without the right medical attention, the child may suffer nerve damage, resulting in hand and arm paralysis. If doctors are not watching for the potential injury, it could cause lifelong mobility issues.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition that occurs because of a brain injury during or right after birth. Difficulty with muscle movement, motor skills, and coordination are all symptoms of cerebral palsy. Children who have this birth injury often have involuntary movements, seizures, difficulty swallowing, developmental disability, unstable walking, exaggerated reflexes, and difficulty focusing their eyes.
Brachial Plexus Injury
If a doctor pulls too hard during the delivery or if your baby's shoulder is wedged within the birth canal, your infant may develop brachial plexus injuries. A brachial plexus is a group of nerves that control movements in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Upper nerve damage can cause a condition known as Erb's palsy, in which a baby loses the function of their arm. Lower nerve damage can cause a condition called Klumpke's palsy that affects the forearm and hand.
Why You Need a Birth Injury Lawyer
Your healthcare provider’s insurance company may offer a settlement if your child suffered an injury at birth. Having a birth injury lawyer on your side is virtually the only way to make sure you aren’t being shortchanged.
If our birth injury attorneys can prove your child's injury was caused by the healthcare provider's negligence, then we can help you walk away with maximum compensation for the many losses that result from a birth injury. Proving the injury was caused by the negligence of medical professionals takes investigation, evidence collection, consulting with medical experts, and navigating through Utah's court system.
You can expect that the responsible party will have its own legal counsel focused on paying you as little as possible, if anything at all. By retaining the birth injury lawyers at Younker Hyde Macfarlane in Salt Lake City, we can make sure your rights are protected and that justice is served.
Don't Settle If You Suspect Medical Malpractice
Contact Our Offices Instead
If an insurance company or hospital offers a settlement, do not accept it until you speak with our Salt Lake City office. The initial settlement offer is most likely not enough when you consider the need for lifelong care and ongoing medical expenses for your child. Do not sign anything. Contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane immediately instead.
Our birth injury attorneys can review medical records, bills, receipts, witness statements, and other documentation to identify the responsible party. By building a compelling case illustrating that your child's injuries are a result of medical malpractice, we can push for maximum compensation. Call today:
We Stand With Utah Birth Injury Victims
"The firm was a pleasure to work with, very professional, responsive, and really helped us through the process. This was a first-time experience for us and they really set us at ease through the entire process and help us reach an agreeable settlement. We would highly recommend Yonker Hyde Macfarlane. PLLC."
Reasons to Pursue a Birth Injury Lawsuit
Medical ProceduresIf a child suffers complications from the birth injury, multiple surgeries may be necessary.
A child may need to attend physical therapy to hone their mobility. Your child may also need to attend occupational therapy to help with learning life tasks.
MedicationDepending on the severity of the birth injury, an infant may need a lifetime of medication to help manage seizures and other medical conditions.
DevicesYour child may have mobility issues and may require a wheelchair, walker, or scooter. You may also have to modify your home with wheelchair ramps and widened doorways.
Who Can Be Held Accountable?
Depending on the circumstances of your child's birth and the injuries involved during delivery, responsibility may lie with the doctor, nurse, or other medical staff involved. In some cases, our attorneys may be able to hold the hospital liable for your child's birth injury. Medical records and eyewitness reports are imperative for building a strong case in your favor. That's why we urge clients to contact our Salt Lake City, UT, practice as soon as they can after the birth injury.
The faster our injury lawyers begin work on your case, the faster we can gather credible details and determine who should be held accountable for your child's injury. The two-year statute of limitations on your case will pass quicker than you think. Don't delay reaching out to a firm known for taking Utah's toughest medical malpractice cases.
Helping Victims in Utah
"This is the first time I have found it necessary to use a law firm, I was apprehensive because of all the stories I have heard about other law firms. When I took my wife’s wrongful death evidence, they were completely honest snd forthcoming, keeping me involved the complete time. It took 3 years, but they did an excellent job and basically did everything they said they would do. Their follow-through and follow-up have been the best. Thank you for your help through one of the toughest things I have ever gone through." Tom Henderson