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Birth Injuries

Compassionate Legal Team Helping Those Affected by Birth Injuries in Honolulu

Experienced attorneys seeking compensation for your family

When your baby suffers from a birth injury, it can be devastating. When that injury could have been prevented, you deserve justice. For nearly 40 years, Shim & Chang, Attorneys at Law have been protecting the rights of injury victims in Hawaii. We have extensive knowledge of medic al malpractice laws and understand the complexities of birth injuries. When a doctor or other healthcare professional acts negligently and it results in the injury of your child, let our firm help you get the compensation you need.

Types and causes of birth injuries

There are many different types of injuries that can occur during delivery. Some of the most common include:

  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Bone fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Hypoxia

These injuries are often caused by the careless or negligent behavior of a medical professional. Some actions that can result in these birth injuries include:

  • Failure to monitor fetal distress
  • Failure to detect or treat maternal infections
  • Failure to have an emergency C-section
  • Failure to identify and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Failure to use birth-assisting tools correctly

If your doctor or medical staff behaved in a way that caused harm to your newborn, our medical malpractice attorneys can help you seek compensation.

What are the long-term effects of birth injuries?

The long-term effects of birth injuries can be severe. Depending on the circumstances and the type of injury incurred, your child could be suffering from cognitive, emotional and physical consequences for the rest of his or her life. Some complications include muscle atrophy, impaired bone growth, scoliosis or even permanent brain damage. Your child may need numerous surgeries, rehabilitation, medical and home assistance. With the help of our personal injury law firm, you can hold the liable parties accountable and get the financial help you need to properly care for your child.

Who can be held responsible for birth injuries and defects?

Depending on the cause of the birth injury, there are several different parties that you may be able to hold legally accountable , including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospitals

If you believe that one of these parties acted in an irresponsible way that led to the injury of your child, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Our attorneys can help you determine who is at fault and guide you through the legal process.

Contact our experienced Honolulu legal team today

If your child has suffered from a birth injury, get help from Shim & Chang, Attorneys at Law. We can help you get the compensation you need to take care of your child. Call us today at 808-524-5803 or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations at our Honolulu office.

Testimonials
  • "Shim & Chang were committed to helping my son no matter how long it took. They got the settlement we needed to take care of him for the rest of his life."

Verdicts & Results

The Estate of Mark Tokuyama v. City and County of Honolulu Jury awarded $953,114.57, which at the time was the highest award ever for a drowning case.

  • Death of a mother due to a hospital error

    $7 Million medical malpractice settlement.

  • Brain injury suffered by a teenager in a motor vehicle crash

    $6.5 Million settlement.

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    The attorneys of the law firm Shim and Chang are excellent, helpful, trustworthy, compassionate and conduct their business with integrity. Shim and Chang are not a law firm looking only to make money. Rather, Shim and Chang showed me they truly cared...

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    When the condo owner living above us caused water damage to our condo, we were displaced for nearly two months. When his insurance carrier refused to compensate us for the inconvenience and the temporary housing cost, we hired the law firm of Shim an...

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    I was injured while on vacation in Hawaii and actually was referred to Shim and Chang by an attorney that had litigated against them in the past. I was told that if she were in my position that is who she would contact. Immediately that was a plus an...

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    This is the kindest, most well-prepared and capable group of lawyers you can find. I contacted them for a personal injury due to negligence. They took care of me in every way. Every member of the team, from the office administrative to legal aid and ...

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    This is the kindest, most well-prepared and capable group of lawyers you can find. I contacted them for a personal injury due to negligence. They took care of me in every way. Every member of the team, from the office administrative to legal aid and ...

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With more than 30 years of practical and trial experience handling all types of personal injury cases, Roy K. S. Chang has molded Shim & Chang into a highly creative and innovative law firm that honors the Hawaiian spirit of aloha. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating…

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With his unique name and background, Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos' character and experience have greatly added to the creative and innovative approach of Shim & Chang. He has been with the firm since 1996, exclusively handling personal injury cases. Raised in Honolulu, Harvey graduated from Kaimuki High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa…

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Alvin Tong Shim, Founder of Shim & Chang In Memoriam of Alvin Tong Shim, November 10, 1923 - June 24, 2006 The Spirit of Aloha Born in Wailuku, Maui on November 10, 1923, Alvin Tong Shim was the second child and first son of Henry and Helen Shim. As a young boy, he earned money…

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