Birth Injuries

Birth Injury Attorneys in St. Louis

Providing Compassionate Support to Families

While complications during pregnancy and labor are not overly common, they come with high risks. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals whose job is to care for pregnant mothers and infants must be ready to act at the first sign of abnormality. Their failure to provide necessary care can change the course of a family’s life forever.

The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm fights to help families find justice if their baby suffered a preventable birth injury. Obstetrical malpractice cases are famously complex, which means bringing a claim takes a high level of skill and knowledge. Over the past 25 years of serving our community, our team has proven itself capable of handling these claims. However, we understand you have questions. Our lawyers are available to help you understand the claims process and what to expect if you decide to file a suit. We want your family to have the information necessary to make the right decision for you.

Call our St. Louis office today at (314) 701-7722 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you start your birth injury claim.

What Is a Birth Injury?

Any injury to a fetus or infant that is caused by medical negligence is referred to as a birth injury. This category is notably separate from birth defects, which typically cannot be prevented, and happen regardless of a doctor’s actions. The umbrella of birth injuries is wide enough to cover fairly minor harms that typically heal on their own as well as conditions that cause lifelong disabilities.

Our lawyers have experience helping clients with birth injury claims including:

  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

We can also help you with birth injuries not included on this list. Simply reach out to our team. We are ready to listen to your story and help you understand your rights.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can be caused by three main types of negligence: failure to identify and treat maternal risk factors during pregnancy; failure to notice signs of and/or intervene in cases of infant distress; and overly forceful intervention during labor and delivery. Every member of your care team should be prepared to take appropriate action when the mother or baby is at risk.

We often see birth injuries that were caused by:

  • Missed diagnosis or mistreatment of preeclampsia
  • Mistreatment of maternal infection
  • Failure to properly monitor the fetus during delivery/labor
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress
  • Delay of a necessary C-section
  • Overly forceful use of forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Inappropriate response to shoulder dystocia

Of course, most doctors do not want to admit they made a mistake, especially with a birth injury claim pending. Therefore, determining the true cause of a birth injury may require an independent investigation. Our team knows where to look for signs of malpractice. If necessary, we can bring in trusted medical professionals to provide analysis or testimony for your case. Birth injury claims require a significant amount of resources and time to fight properly. Our firm has both.

Our Experience Comes with Many Benefits

Deciding to file a birth injury claim is a big step. Our team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm does everything we can to make the lawsuit process easier while strengthening our clients’ suits.

Recover the Compensation Your Family Needs

Depending on your child’s injury, they may need extra checkups, medication, surgery, rehabilitation, or even ongoing care for the rest of their life. The medical bills alone can be extremely expensive—and they are hardly the only cost your family will have to bear. We know how to calculate and prove all the damages related to your child’s injury. They may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical needs
  • Lost wages, if you or your partner have to miss work to get care for your child
  • Decreased earning capacity for your child, once they reach working age
  • Physical or other therapy
  • Accommodations or assistive devices
  • Caregivers or respite care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Often, the initial settlements offered to families with injured children are nowhere near enough to cover the full cost of an injury. We can calculate what a fair settlement looks like for your family.

Let Us Handle the Hard Work

Filing a lawsuit means gathering medical records, filing paperwork, collecting and preserving proof of all damages, and countless other tasks. We understand you don’t have the time to take on this work, but our team does. While we are happy to take the lead on your lawsuit, so you can spend more time with your family, we always keep open lines of communication, so our clients know exactly where their claims stand. We can answer questions as you have them or check in at major milestones—whatever works best for you.

The Caring Support Your Family Needs

Most families that decide to pursue birth injury claims already have a lot on their shoulders. Caring for an injured or disabled child takes time and money. It is also emotionally difficult to see your baby suffering. Our team understands the hardship you are going through and works to make the legal process as pain-free as possible.

Every part of our process at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is geared toward helping clients achieve the results they need. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to make clients feel informed and secure in their decisions. We work hard but take a compassionate approach to every individual who reaches out to us. Because of this, our team has earned the trust of our community and other law firms in the area, who often refer complex cases out to us. We invite you to see firsthand what we can do for you by scheduling a free consultation. After listening to your story, our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and plan your next steps.

We can help you fight for compensation if your child suffered a birth injury. Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm today at (314) 701-7722 to speak with one of our St. Louis attorneys.


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

Hear From Our Clients

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.


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