New York Lawyers Handling Birth Injury Claims
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For many people, the most precious moments in their life are the few moments during birth when their child is brought into the world and they become new parents. However, negligence that occurs before birth, during delivery or shortly after birth can result in a birth injury that will affect the infant’s life, and the life of the family, forever.
At Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, our New York birth injury lawyers help families find answers about what happened to their child and help them learn how to move forward.
We offer advice and guidance through the process of obtaining rightful compensation. Contact our New York birth injury attorneys for assistance in New York City, including Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Handling A Wide Range Of Birth Injury Cases
When a child suffers a birth injury such as cerebral palsy (CP), Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia, it is often a result of negligence such as:
Perfect babies can still be victims of neonatal errors such as failure to monitor after birth, being given the wrong medication or wrong amount, hospital-caused infections and errors that lead to severe jaundice.
Birth And Delivery Trauma
Our firm is dedicated to achieving results for the victims of baby birth trauma. We handle a broad range of birth injury cases, including those involving:
- Fetal distress
- Loss of oxygen resulting in conditions such as cerebral palsy
- Labor complications and prolonged labor
- Lack of fetal heart monitoring
- Physical injuries such as Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus injury
- Injuries resulting from C-sections
Our firm is dedicated to achieving results for the victims of baby birth trauma.
Cesarean sections can be life-saving for both mother and baby. However, C-sections also carry risks that parents should know about before agreeing to one. Our law firm helps clients pursue a wide variety of C-section injury claims, including:
- Damage to organs during surgery
- Brachial plexus injury
- Tissue tears
- Loss of blood
- Loss of oxygen leading to hypoxia
- Cutting the baby with a surgical tool
Sometimes babies need to be delivered quickly via Cesarean section to save their lives. However, quickly should never mean carelessly. There is simply no excuse for failing to take precautions during a C-section in order to prevent serious complications and injury. When doctors are negligent and an injury occurs, they need to be held accountable.
Erb’s palsy is the result of injury to the brachial nerves in the shoulder and usually is caused by stress and trauma to the shoulder during birth. In many instances, it is caused by a doctor or other provider tugging on the baby’s arm in an effort to effect delivery. Sadly, these injuries could be prevented by taking extra caution and care. If your baby suffers from Erb’s Palsy because of a medical error, a skilled medical malpractice attorney can represent your interests.
Hypoxia And Brain Injury
Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and delivery, is frequently the result of medical error or the failure to take timely action, itself a medical error. Causes of hypoxia leading to brain injury include:
- Failure to perform an emergency C-section
- Failure to monitor the heart rate of the fetus
- Failure to deliver the baby in a timely manner following signs of distress
- Failure to recognize signs of distress and act upon them
Neonatal And Pediatric Malpractice
Just because a delivery and birth goes off without a hitch and results in a healthy baby doesn’t mean a family is out of the woods yet. The immediate post-birth period is ripe for complications that can lead to severe injuries and permanent disabilities for children. If your child was injured because of a neonatal error, you need an experienced attorney aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation your child deserves.
Some medical complications and neonatal complications that can affect newborns include:
- Failure to monitor
- Medication dosage errors
The minutes, hours and days after a baby is born are crucial. Everything including their weight and temperature needs to be closely monitored. When doctors, nurses and hospital staff fail to pay attention and prevent things such as respiratory distress or heart rate, the results can be tragic.
How We Handle Birth Injury Lawsuits
Our New York lawyers hold obstetricians, doctors, nurses, other medical staff and medical facilities accountable when their negligent actions result in birth injury. We investigate the incident by reviewing hospital policies, medical records and other information. We use leading medical experts to determine if the care provided was substandard and therefore medical malpractice.