Birth Injuries

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The consequences of a birth injury can be devastating for the injured child and his or her family. Hospitals and doctors that cause birth injuries must be held accountable, and families struggling to cope with the effects of birth injuries deserve full and fair compensation. Our birth injury lawyers help families throughout Pennsylvania and New York secure the compensation they need and deserve.

Despite extraordinary advancements in medical technology and clearly-established procedures and protocols for providing medical assistance during pregnancy and childbirth, birth injuries from medical negligence remain alarmingly common. From failure to diagnose a mother’s medical condition(s) during pregnancy to improper use of instruments during delivery, there are numerous common mistakes that too often lead to life-changing birth injuries.

If your child has suffered a birth injury, you must obtain a clear understanding of your rights. Most importantly, you have the right to seek professional medical care from an experienced physician. You do not have to keep your child in the same medical facility, and you should not let anyone tell you that you cannot get help for your child.

You also have the right to seek financial compensation for any losses that you, your family, or your child suffers.

Most immediately, this means coverage for your child’s medical expenses. However, your child’s birth injury could have long-term consequences as well, and you are entitled to full compensation for all of the physical, emotional, and financial effects resulting from a medical mistake.

We handle birth injury and wrongful death cases involving negligent prenatal care, obstetric errors, labor complications, and birth delivery trauma. We represent parents whose children suffered fractures and broken bones during delivery, neurological visual impairment, and bacterial infections that went undiagnosed during delivery. We also have significant experience in cases involving:

    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Failure to monitor acidosis to prevent oxygen deprivation during birth
    • Bilirubin-induced neurologic dysfunction (BIND)
    • Excessive force during delivery causing brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy
    • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and perinatal asphyxia due to oxygen deprivation
    • Caput succedaneum caused by pressure on the baby’s scalp during delivery and Horner syndrome due to excessive use of force by the medical staff during childbirth
    • Hydrocephalus, or the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid inside the child’s skull due to a birth injury
    • Hyperbilirubinemia and the failure to timely diagnose jaundice
    • Meconium aspiration syndrome arising when the fetus inhales amniotic fluid
    • Microcephaly and other infant brain development issues
    • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) as the result of the mother being prescribed antidepressants or other drugs during pregnancy

Regardless of the cause and nature of your child’s birth injury, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek legal representation. We are happy to help you understand your situation in a free, no-obligation consultation. We can determine if your child’s injury resulted from medical negligence. We will fight aggressively on your behalf while you focus on caring and providing for your loved ones.

In addition to the birth injuries listed above, there are numerous other complications from labor and delivery that will often be indicative of medical malpractice. These include:

    • Breech Birth
    • Facial Palsy
    • Forceps Injuries
    • Labor Complications
    • Low Apgar
    • Nuchal Cord
    • Postpartum Hemorrhaging
    • Preterm Birth
    • Prolonged Labor
    • VBAC & Cesarean Complications

We rely on thorough investigations and expert analysis and testimony from physicians who know how to identify the signs of medical malpractice.

It costs you nothing out-of-pocket to pursue a birth injury claim. We handle all cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means:

    • Your initial consultation is free
    • You do not pay a retainer fee or hourly rates
    • You do not pay any costs while your case is pending
    • We only get paid if we help you secure just compensation

Our fees are calculated as a percentage of your recovery, and we will make sure you know exactly how much you can expect to take home from any settlement offer. That way, you can make fully-informed decisions about whether to settle your case or fight for more at trial.