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New York Birth Injury Accident

Due to the amazing advances in medicine over the past 20 years many of us take the birth of a healthy child for granted. However, even with modern medicine things can go awry during delivery with devastating consequences. With a difficult delivery a birth injury can result such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can occur when the baby does not receive adequate oxygen at the time of delivery, resulting in a permanent brain injury. In other cases, even where the delivery is not complicated, a medical misdiagnosis may cause the baby to suffer a birth injury that will have life long, permanent consequences for both the baby and the parents. If your child has suffered a birth injury as a result of a medical misdiagnosis or some other type of medical malpractice, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced New York Birth Injury Lawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your child’s injuries.

Common types of birth injuries

Current statistics report that 27 of every 1,000 births will involve a birth injury. Injury to the child can happen at any stage during the delivery process. Cerebral palsy is one of the most commonly seen birth injuries. This disorder includes a variety of disorders related to the child’s muscle coordination and movement. Often these injuries arise when the infant does not get enough oxygen due to a tangled umbilical cord, fetal distress, or the aspiration of meconium. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, seizures, poor muscle control and paralysis. Other commonly seen birth injuries include:

  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Sepsis
  • Seizure
  • Spastic Quadriparesis
  • Erb’s palsy

Depending on the severity of your child's condition a birth injury may require that your child receive lifelong special care. For example, many conditions will require that your child have multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. In addition, your child may require special assistive technologies such as a motorized wheelchair, special software, modified keyboard, and apps for a tablet or phone.

Causes of birth injuries

Birth injuries are often caused by negligence on the part of a doctor or other health care provider. Labor and delivery errors include failure to detect changes in the baby's heart rate and other signs of fetal distress, delay in ordering a C-section, failure to diagnose a birth complication, administering the wrong medication or an improper dose of the correct medication, or improper use of forceps, vacuums or other medical tools. When administered properly anesthesia can help a mother have a more enjoyable, less painful childbirth experience. When a mistake is made in the administration of anesthesia, both the mother and baby may be suffer such problems as drug toxicity, jaundice, abnormal heart rate, paralysis, heart attack, stroke or even death. Other errors that result in birth injuries include failure to diagnose or properly treat a pregnancy complication such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, breech pregnancy or umbilical cord complications.

In some cases the effects of physician error is temporary, or can be fixed through corrective medical intervention. In other cases injured children will require full-time care for life and will never experience the quality of life that all parents hope for for their children. The cost of the care of a child born with a serious, permanent condition is well beyond the means of most families. Fortunately, families may be able to receive compensation from the negligent parties in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice is negligence on the part of a health care provider and occurs when the health care provider departs from accepted medical practice, resulting in the injury to or death of the patient. When this happens the patient or the patient's family is entitled to recover damages including past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

New York Birth Injury Lawyer

Birth injuries can leave a family emotionally and financially devastated. Learning that the condition was preventable and caused by the errors of healthcare workers only adds to the emotional pain. If you are concerned that your child's cerebral palsy, or other condition was caused by negligence, do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced birth injury attorney. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people injured due to the mistake of a healthcare worker. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.

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