Our Birth Injury Attorneys Can Protect Your Rights
While not all birth injuries are avoidable, there are instances in which medical negligence and careless mistakes can lead to traumatic injuries. Our birth injury attorneys at Douglas & London in New York, NY, can provide representation and fight to hold the negligent party accountable. Severe birth injuries can have a lifelong impact on your child’s physical and mental capabilities. It can cost an incredible amount to raise and care for a child who has suffered a birth injury, depending on the type and severity of the injury. Our attorneys have secured millions in compensation on behalf of many birth injury victims and their families. Contact our law firm today at (212) 566-7500 or send an electronic message to schedule a complimentary case review.
It can cost millions to raise and care for a child who has suffered a birth injury, depending on the type and severity of the injury.
Common Types of Birth-Related Injuries
There are a number of birth injuries that can occur before or during the birthing process. With prompt and appropriate care, the damage from some injuries may be limited. Other injuries can cause permanent and irreparable damage. Some common birth injuries include:
- Brachial Plexus Injuries:
- Brachial plexus injuries may include Erb’s Palsy, or shoulder dystocia. These injuries are usually the result of excessive force used during the birth. Symptoms may include a lack of reflexes in one arm, limited or no movement in the arm or hand, and partial or full paralysis of the shoulder, arm, and hand on one side.
- Brain Injuries:
- Infant brain damage is often the result of oxygen deprivation or physical trauma, although infant jaundice or a maternal infection may also be the cause. Symptoms of a brain injury may include excessive crying, odd or abnormal behavior, an abnormal physical appearance, and developmental delays.
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN):
- This condition decreases the newborn's oxygen supply due to high blood pressure. It is caused by the body’s inability to convert from fetal to normal blood circulation. Maternal infections and certain medications, among other factors, have been linked to PPHN.
- Anoxia and Hypoxia:
- Anoxia is a complete lack of oxygen within a specific organ or muscle group. This can include a complete lack of oxygen to the brain. Hypoxia indicates low oxygen levels within certain areas of the body, such as a particular organ or limb. These conditions are commonly caused by kinks in the umbilical cord that deprive the baby of oxygen. Extensive time without oxygen can result in severe, permanent brain damage for the baby.
- Bone Fractures:
- A bone fracture can happen for a variety of reasons during the birthing process, but is most often linked to use of excessive force to pull the baby from the birth canal, either by hand or with the use of forceps. Severe fractures may require surgery, which is dangerous for a newborn.
- Wrongful Death:
- The death of a newborn is tragic and while his or her death may be a result of natural causes, it may also be the result of negligence. A negligent doctor, nurse, or midwife who takes improper actions or fails to medically intervene to save the newborn may be responsible for his or her death.
Causes of Preventable Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are often the result of a negligent doctor, nurse, or midwife. These medical professionals are trained to think and act quickly in emergency situations, yet when an emergency situation arises, they may hesitate or make a mistake. Any mistake or hesitation can result in a severe, lifelong injury, or even death. If the doctor does not make every effort to medically intervene, usually through a cesarean section (c-section) to safely deliver your child, he or she may be liable for your baby’s injuries. In some instances, an equipment malfunction may result in injury. In this case, the equipment manufacturer may be held responsible.
Why You Need Douglas & London
Our attorneys frequently handle medical malpractice cases, and can ensure that you receive compensation for:
- Any past, present, and estimated future medical expenses relating to your child’s injury, including surgeries, hospital stays, physical and mental rehabilitation, and medical equipment
- The physical and emotional pain and suffering endured by your child as a result of the injury
- Lost wages due to time off work to care for your child
- Any costs associated with special education for your child
- In-home care
If your child suffered an injury during birth, contact us online or call (212) 566-7500 to schedule your free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, and only collect fees if we secure compensation for you.
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