Tragic and potentially fatal, birth injuries can occur as a result of a mother’s medical history or unforeseen events during delivery. In some cases, however, medical professionals “ the very people we trust to preserve our health “ are responsible for harming infants before, during, or after delivery. When this occurs, birth injury lawyers in New York are here to aggressively stand up for the rights of injured parties and help victims secure the compensation they deserve.
When Medical Professionals Make Mistakes
Doctors, nurses, and medical specialists can make errors because they are tired, overworked, improperly trained, or not provided with up-to-date, working, or sanitary supplies and equipment. Such factors can cause medical professionals to fail to diagnose (or misdiagnose) pregnancy complications.
While some reports of medical mistakes resulting in birth injury have been associated with a doctor failing to detect signs of distress, others involve failure to promptly perform a C-section or treat a baby’s oxygen deprivation or prolapsed umbilical cord (a cord twisted around the infant’s neck). Additionally, medical professionals may administer unsafe types or amounts of certain medications to the mother and/or the infant, resulting in birth injuries.
Examples of some injuries babies can sustain include:
- brain hemorrhage
- bone fractures
- brachial plexus injury (also referred to as Erb’s palsy)
- nerve damage in the shoulder, arms, or hands due to the head and/or neck traumatically pushed to the side during delivery
- cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that impairs the ability to coordinate movement and balance while impairing cognition
- Down syndrome
- traumatic brain injury (primarily due to lack of oxygen)
- wrongful death
Birth Injury Lawsuits
Birth injury lawsuits are aimed at helping those victimized by malpractice-related birth injuries hold the negligent parties responsible while attempting to secure the maximum possible compensation award for their injuries and losses. New York birth injury attorneys invite potential plaintiffs to learn more about their legal rights, receive expert advice regarding their case, and have the opportunity to get their case started at no upfront cost to them by attending an initial consultation.
If you or a loved one have used suffered from birth injury side effects like brain hemorrhage, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or death, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.