Law Offices of Steven I. Kastner
providing a hands-on approach to every case
Call for a free consultation
More than 35 years of experience

Birth Injuries Archives

What is a uterine rupture and what are the risks?

Expecting mothers across San Diego hope for easy labor and delivery experiences that are safe for both mother and child and that come with as little discomfort as possible. While many mothers are able to bring their children into the world without interventions or extraordinary medical care, some delivery scenarios result in babies being born through caesarian births.

What is placental abruption?

Childbirth is a beautiful process that begins more than nine months before a baby is scheduled to come into the world. Unfortunately over the course of those nine months a number of complications can occur that can put San Diego mothers-to-be and infants at risk for serious injuries and death. One such complication is placental abruption, a problem that results from the placenta removing partially or completely from the uterine wall.

Vacuum suction deliveries are risky for both babies and mothers

Recently this San Diego medical malpractice and doctor negligence blog presented some common risk factors that may arise during the labor and delivery process. Particularly when doctors choose to use tools of intervention such as vacuum suction of forceps does the threat of risk increase for both worried mothers and newborn babies. This post will explore more deeply the serious complications that may occur as the result of a doctor's use of vacuum suction.

Risk factors for birth trauma

Some San Diego residents wait years before they have children-the last nine months simply signifying the end of the rainbow with the pot of gold in the form of the lovely infant they await. Mothers often go to their doctors two three times a month in the last month, ensuring everything is going smoothly and to ease their anxiety. They trust their doctors and hospitals to give them the best care possible. So when a birth injury results due to a negligent doctor, families may be overwhelmed as to what their response should be.

California attorney counsels clients following birth injuries

Following a birth injury, it can be difficult for a California family to know exactly how to proceed. Of course, they will need to obtain medical care for an injured infant or mother. Family members may need to seek counseling to deal with the emotional trauma of a difficult delivery process. Physical and emotional injuries may heal slowly, but, unfortunately, California families do not have unfettered access to time when it comes to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in connection with a birth injury, as this blog reported in a previous post.

Will time limits affect my California birth injury case?

The time period immediately following a child's birth is often a whirlwind for California families. A mother needs to recover physically and a family must adjust to having a newborn in their home. A significant period of adjustment often follows even the most ordinary childbirth experience, but for families who have experienced some sort of trauma during the childbirth process, such as a birth injury, the adjustment period may be even more difficult or prolonged.

What is the difference between birth injury and birth defect?

When a California mother has a child, families likely anticipate that it will be a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, however, sometimes circumstances go awry and mistakes are made, whether during the course of a woman's prenatal care or during the delivery process. When a doctor or nurse has made a major mistake, sometimes there can be substantial consequences for a newborn baby, including the possibility of a birth injury.

Epidurals may lead to birth injuries for mother, infant

Many California women undergoing childbirth opt to have an epidural. Epidurals are analgesics intended to reduce a woman's pain during childbirth. Administered into the spine, they include a number of different medications and do not eliminate all feeling, but rather help ease a woman's pain. To administer an epidural during the delivery process, a medical professional will insert a catheter into a woman's spinal cord to deliver medication.