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    Birth Injury

    Negligence by nurses and hospital staff in failing to assess the position of the baby, improper use of Pitocin, and failing to obtain an assessment by physician, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation and brain injury to the baby.

  • $13.2 Million

    Birth Injury

    A newborn suffered brain damage due to improper administration of Pitocin, failure to monitor preeclampsia and failure to perform timely c-section.

  • $6.6 Million

    Birth Injury

    Severe brain injury to a baby. Failure to monitor high-risk mother for pre-eclampsia, failure to recognize fetal distress, failure to monitor resident doctor students, and failure to perform a C-section.

  • $4.6 Million

    Birth Injury

    Hospital found negligent in failing to take action to stop labor at 32 weeks gestation. Misuse of forceps. Failure to perform C-section.


Kansas CityBirth Injury Lawyers

Was Your Baby in the NICU? Find Out Why.

Every year, shortly after delivery, thousands of children are admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because there is a serious medical problem with the child. Most of the time, no one tells the family what really happened, particularly if the problem is a birth injury which could have been prevented.

If your child was admitted to an NICU when he or she was born, or if you have a baby who has a birth injury like brain damage, seizures, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or a brachial plexus injury, we can help you find out why. Our Kansas City birth injury attorneys can determine who is responsible and may be able to pursue financial compensation for your child’s immediate, ongoing, and even lifelong care.

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We’ve conducted thousands of forensic investigations regarding birth injury cases. We’ve collected millions of dollars to help families get the resources they need to care for their child.
For more information, contact us at (816) 253-8606.

What Happened to Your Baby - Forensic Investigation

A forensic investigation of a birth injury is a scientific inquiry that looks at the facts of what happened before, during, and immediately after your child’s birth, to determine the most probable cause of your child’s injuries.

We’re qualified to do this because we have lawyers who are also doctors. We have conducted thousands of such investigations over the past 40 years:

  • We know how to read fetal heart monitor strips, ultrasounds, CT Scans, MRIs, EMGs, and more.
  • We know how to analyze both paper and electronic medical records.
  • We know the rules your doctor and nurses and other healthcare providers must follow to safely deliver your baby.
  • We know what medical records should exist and can help you find out if records have been altered or destroyed.

Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer Early to Preserve Evidence

Another important reason to contact an attorney early to investigate birth injury cases is to preserve the evidence in your case before it is lost, altered, or destroyed. In some cases, an early investigation can be vital to being able to prove and win your case. In some cases, there are medical tests that should be done when the baby is a newborn that would help determine what happened.

Nationally Recognized

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  • Inner Circle of Advocates

    Dr. Pat Cullan and Dr. Joe Cullan are both members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group that limits its member to the best plaintiff lawyers in the country. Members are recognized as having exceptional qualifications are respected and recognized by their peers and who are experienced and skillful in the handling of courtroom litigation.

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Dr. Sam Cullan is a National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) Board-Certified Trial Lawyer, a credential that provides reliable evidence of his specialized knowledge and proficiency.

  • Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Cullan & Cullan are members of the Million and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States that limits its membership to attorneys who have won multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of U.S. attorneys are members of the forum.

  • Newsweek Magazine

    Cullan & Cullan was named “Best Personal Injury Attorneys in 2017” by Newsweek Magazine. In addition, Dr. Pat Cullan and Dr. Joe Cullan were also featured in Newsweek magazine’s “Rising Legal Stars” feature which recognized their exceptional legal and medical background.

  • The Irish Legal 100

    Dr. Pat Cullan and Dr. Joe Cullan were both named “Top 100 Most Distinguished Attorneys in America with Irish Roots” by the Irish Legal 100, an annually compiled list of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share Irish roots. Other distinguished members of the Irish Legal 100 include United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • American Board of Legal Medicine

    Dr. Sam Cullan is Board-Certified in Legal Medicine by the American Board of Legal Medicine, a prominent professional society committed to addressing issues that arise at the intersection of law and medicine.

  • Super Lawyers

    Super Lawyers® magazine honors leading attorneys who have been recognized by their peers for a high level of professional achievement. We are proud to have several attorneys selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list.

  • Best of Bar

    The Kansas City Business Journal’s annual Best of the Bar list recognizes local attorneys who have at least 10 years of professional experience. Attorneys are selected by a panel of judges for considerable achievements, reputation, civic involvement, and more.

  • The Best Lawyers in America

    The Best Lawyers in America® seeks to recognize the top attorneys in the United States via a peer-review process. We are honored to have several of our attorneys included in this prestigious list.

  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

    A number of our attorneys have earned AV Preeminent® Ratings from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible rating offered by the prestigious organizations. Ratings are determined based on peer reviews, legal ability, ethical standards, and other factors.

  • Avvo 10.0

    We are proud to have several attorneys who have earned an Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb. Attorneys earn ratings based on a number of factors, including experience, recognition, and professional conduct.

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

    Dr. Pat Cullan and Dr. Joe Cullan were named "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers. Award recipients are lawyers under the age of 40 who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, and notable trial results. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers

    Dr. Gene Cullan, Dr. Pat Cullan and Dr. Joe Cullan are members of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only national organization that selects the most qualified attorneys from across the country based on their leadership, professional stature and influence and their profile as either a civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyer.

  • Best Lawyers

    Attorney Sam Cullan was named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, thanks to his accomplishments in the field of Medical Malpractice for Kansas City, MO plaintiffs. In honor of his high-caliber work in both medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, Attorney Cullan is also highlighted in the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.


  • "Simply the BEST!"

    - C. Williams

  • "People helping People"

    - James J.

  • "Do not go any further!"

    - Lanielle J.

  • "We are able to get the treatment our son needs!"

    - Eric H.

  • "I would give 100 stars on a 5-star scale if I could!"

    - Mark P.

  • "They had my best interest at heart!"

    - Deborah B.

  • "I can't thank them enough!"

    - Brandon J.

  • "They genuinely care about their clients!"

    - M.L.

  • "They helped my family through a very difficult time in our lives!"

    - S.J.

  • "I trust them with every decision!"

    - E.C.

Families We've Helped

  • "We knew these would be lifelong issues for our son. You have to advocate for your kids because no one else will do it. Cullan & Cullan knew what was going on and we knew they would be successful in helping us."
  • "If your child is damaged or you think your child is damaged, you should seek a lawyer. Having a doctor-lawyer on my side really gave me hope."
  • "My child had permanent paralysis in her left arm and no one gave us a straight answer on how bad it actually was. We needed lawyers who understood the medical side of this case and hiring the Cullan brothers gave us the attention we needed."
  • "Joe and Pat came to meet me helped me fight my case. I was who they cared about and I felt so important with the Cullan brothers."
  • ""For anybody who's been in an accident and suffered a catastrophic injury, Dr. Sam is the best person you could possibly call to help. Not only is he someone who is knowledgeable and very friendly, he's also a humble person - someone who will hold your hand and guide you through the process as he did with me.""
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  • Pat Cullan

    M.D., J.D.

    Medical Doctor

    Dr. Pat Cullan is a Medical Doctor and Trial Attorney who is nationally recognized for his success in fighting for catastrophically injured clients.

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  • Pat Cullan

    M.D., J.D.

    Medical Doctor

    Dr. Pat Cullan is a Medical Doctor and Trial Attorney who is nationally recognized for his success in fighting for catastrophically injured clients.

    Pat Cullan's Bio

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Seeking Justice

For preventable birth injuries

Doctors, nurses, midwives, and other healthcare providers have a legal duty to monitor your pregnancy and delivery, and take appropriate steps to protect the health of you and your baby. The “appropriate steps” are what’s called the “standard of care,” the rules about what should and should not to be done to ensure that your baby is delivered safely. Doctors and nurses have a duty to be knowledgeable and attentive and must recognize known potential birth complications to prevent injury.

Sometimes a baby can be injured even when the appropriate steps were taken. But when your child’s injuries happen because of negligence, that’s medical malpractice, and the doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider should be held accountable – along with their insurance company.

You are required to have auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and business insurance. You would want your insurance company to pay for the harm you caused if you made a terrible mistake and hurt someone. Likewise, under the law when a hospital, doctor, or nurse violates the rules of medicine, their insurance companies should pay for your child’s medical bills, lost future wages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other damages.