Birth Injury

Birth Injuries Impact Families

No parent should ever have to endure the traumatic, stressful situation of their newborn baby – suffering birth trauma, brain damage, or other catastrophic birth injuries caused by avoidable obstetrical, neonatal, or hospital negligence.

In Oklahoma, birth injury cases are complex and complicated. Our team will vigorously investigate and prepare your family’s birth injury case by obtaining the best medical experts and educating themselves on the medical and legal aspects of the case. As an experienced Oklahoma birth injury law firm, we are committed to seeking justice – for the victims of birth injury – parents, newborns, and their families.

Our Birth Injury Attorneys

Jacob D. Diesselhorst

Shea Bracken

Standing With You. Standing For Justice.

At Maples, Nix, & Diesselhorst, our Oklahoma-based birth injury team understands the medical and legal aspects of birth injury cases, but we also understand the challenges our clients will face. We understand the daily and future care of a child that has been catastrophically injured due to the negligence of a hospital or doctor during labor and delivery. 

Our team of birth injury attorneys is equipped with the knowledge and experience to help you obtain justice for your child and the compensation you deserve.

Labor & Delivery Errors

Birth injury is when a baby is severely injured during labor and delivery due to the negligence of the hospital labor and delivery team.

More About L&D Errors

Lack of Oxygen

Lack of oxygen during labor to a baby can cause a type of brain damage called Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). HIE can cause life-altering injury for the baby such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and permanent disabilities.

About HIE & Other Birth Injuries

Placental Problems & C-Section Errors

The placenta provides oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the fetus during pregnancy. If placental complications aren’t identified, they can lead to birth injury for the mother or child. Additionally, failure to perform a timely C-section can have devastating consequences. Providers need to be proactive to protect the mother, baby, and the whole family’s well-being.

About The Impact of Birth Injury

Errors in Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

Failure to identify fetal heart rate patterns signaling that the baby is not getting enough oxygen during labor is a common cause of birth injury. If nurses, midwives, doctors or other medical professionals fail to monitor correctly.

More About Fetal Monitoring

Proven Success at Reaching Justice

Pursuing justice after the trauma of birth injury is brave. As you seek compensation after childbirth malpractice, we’d be honored to partner with you. With years of experience and millions of dollars in settlements, it’s clear our team is focused on reaching the best outcome for each client.

Our Verdicts & Settlements

Dedicated to Justice

Pregnancy and childbirth should be a time of celebration. But it can turn into a painful and chaotic time for you and your family if your baby is severely injured at birth. There can be long-lasting financial and emotional damages if your baby suffers a severe birth injury, so you and your family will need financial and emotional support to help you with this difficult time.  

At Maples, Nix, & Diesselhorst, we understand that money does not change the severe injury that happened to your baby during labor and delivery. But your courage to fight for your child and to hold those responsible accountable may change the behavior of the doctors and hospitals, ensuring that another family in the future will not suffer too. Our expert birth injury attorneys are dedicated to standing with you to fight for that justice

Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Cerebral palsy is defined as a group of disorders that affects motor skills and developmental skills. Cerebral palsy caused because of the medical negligence of a provider will change the life of a family forever.

Our Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy lawyers work with families every day to pursue justice and financial compensation as they navigate life with a special-needs child. Medical appointments, modifications to home and vehicles, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pain and suffering are just a few of the unexpected expenses that may come after a severe birth injury like Cerebral Palsy. There are many causes of cerebral palsy, but if the cause is a result of medical negligence, it was avoidable and you should seek support and compensation.

Infant hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, is one cause of cerebral palsy. HIE is a very serious birth injury that blocks blood and oxygen flowing to the brain. HIE can lead to developmental delays and intellectual disabilities. There are other causes of cerebral palsy including head injuries during birth, bleeding in the brain, and bacterial and viral infections.

If a doctor or healthcare provider inadequately cares for the pregnant mother and child and a birth injury does occur, cerebral palsy can result from their negligence. Failing to uphold the expected standard of care is medical negligence, and if your child experienced a birth injury that was avoidable, you can take steps toward justice for your child and yourself.

Medical Negligence and Birth Injuries

Birth injuries happen in about 7 in every 1,000 births in the United States. Birth injuries happen in Oklahoma every day due to a wide variety of reasons, from the mother’s pelvis shape and prolonged labor due to the baby’s position to high birth weight. While birth injury is relatively common, not every childbirth injury equates to medical malpractice.

When doctors, nurses or other healthcare providers do not uphold the standard of care expected of them, serious or catastrophic injury or death can occur. When the lives of the mother and the baby are at risk, negligent actions (or inaction) can have irreversible consequences.

Common types of medical negligence during childbirth include:

  • Failure to monitor the mother or baby after childbirth
  • Misuse of birthing tools
  • Use of unnecessary force
  • Failure to act quickly or delayed C-section
  • Failure to diagnose any apparent health conditions

The negligent actions of one Oklahoma nurse or doctor could change the course of your life forever. Maybe they already have. Each experienced attorney on our team is honored to walk alongside our birth injury clients as they seek justice and compensation for the trauma and injury they have experienced.