Birth Injury Attorney
A birth injury due to medical negligence can be devastating, greatly impacting your child's development and quality of life.
The birth injury attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC are known for taking on complex cases other Utah attorneys won't touch.
With the help of our Salt Lake City, UT, firm, 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:
The Signs of a Birth Injury
Symptoms Immediately Following Birth
- Slow or rapid breathing
- Low heart rate
- Muscle stiffness or weakness
- Curled hand
Symptoms at 12-24 Months
- Difficulty crawling or walking
- Poor coordination
- Issues eating or drinking
- Delayed speech
- Hearing or vision issues
- Low muscle control or spasms
The statute of limitations for filing a birth injury lawsuit in Utah is two years from either the time of injury or the time a reasonable person would have discovered the injury.
Contact our birth injury lawyers if you notice your child suffering from any of the above symptoms. Speaking to our team allows us to explore the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit before you lose the legal right to pursue one.
The Difference Between Birth Defects and Birth Injuries
Birth defects are health conditions caused by genetic and congenital issues. Congenital heart disease, Down syndrome, spinal bifida, and club foot are all examples of birth defects and not injuries since they are not caused by medical error.
Some birth injuries may occur as a result of health conditions that cannot be prevented by medical professionals. However, many birth injuries are a result of the medical staff's negligence and could have been prevented.
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, 2022
The Younker Hyde Macfarlane Advantage What You Receive When You Turn to Us
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 our 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.
Help You Can Afford
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 book a free consultation.
Choose a Proven Law Firm Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today
At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, we understand how birth injuries can add lasting physical, mental, and financial stress on you and your child. We want to help relieve those burdens so you can focus on your family.
Our Utah team has handled more medical malpractice and birth injury cases than any other law firm in the state. We have a team of nurses, paralegals, and attorneys dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve. We are also more than capable of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit if a birth injury caused your beloved child to pass away.
Contact our Salt Lake City, UT, birth injury attorneys so we can help you protect the financial future of you and your child.
We Fight for Our Clients
"My family had the pleasure of working with this firm following a tragic event. The firm was very good about answering our questions and explaining the process. Attorneys John Macfarlane and Mckay Corbett were empathetic and fought hard for our case. The paralegal Jill Bedford was also a true joy to work with. I recommend this firm to anyone who needs attorneys who will fight for your case like it’s their own family." Matt Cook, 2022
Prenatal Care Errors Can Also Lead To Injury
Delivery is not the only time medical negligence can cause lasting harm to the health of your child. Our Salt Lake City-based birth injury lawyers can hold your OB-GYN and other medical professionals accountable for their negligence during your pregnancy. You may have a case if you experienced:
Lack of Testing
Multiple tests should have been performed to ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. A failure to perform necessary screenings may have caused your doctor to miss a birthing risk that should have been identified.
of the Mother
Some women may notice potential warning signs of a health complication during their pregnancy. If you voiced concerns to a medical professional and were ignored, you may have a basis for a birth injury lawsuit.
Failure To Diagnose
Potential Birth Risks
Your OB-GYN and any other physicians involved in your care can be held liable if they misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a potential health issue that led to injury during delivery.
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.
Reasons to Pursue a Birth Injury Lawsuit What Could Compensation Cover?
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.
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 the birth injury lawyers at 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."
Greg Furness, 2021
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.
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.
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.
If Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy You Are Not Alone
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cerebral palsy is the most common disability in childhood, affecting up to 4 out of every 1,000 live births.
Utah Lawyers Who Care About Their Clients
"It has been several years now and we finally finished our journey with them and I could not be more happy with the choice we made to use this law firm. They have continually encourage us, believed in us and made us actually feel cared for and protected." Shelly Christenson, 2022
Don't Wait To File Your Birth Injury Claim Contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC Today
Our lawyers understand the emotional toll a birth injury can take on your family. Do not wait to reach out to our Utah law firm for help. Our attorneys are passionate about helping families heal following a devastating diagnosis. We can fight for the maximum compensation you, your child, and your entire family deserves.
Write to our Salt Lake City, Utah, law firm or give us a call to request your free consultation.
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.
"Great compassion and professionalism from John Macfarlane and everyone at YHM, in taking care of us with the medical malpractice claim. Took years (through the challenges and delays of Covid years), but we chose the right team and the result was what we all needed." Pete P, 2022