New York PI Attorneys Experienced In Birth Injury Law
No one expects their baby to be injured during childbirth, and being forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of someone else’s negligence can be life-changing. If your child has been born with a birth injury, you may be facing a lifetime of expensive medical care and emotional hardship. You may feel lost and overwhelmed, but you are not alone. The experienced birth-related personal injury attorneys at Su Caso Law are here to help.
We have successfully represented many families in New York who have been affected by birth injuries, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and help you understand your legal options.
With more than 210,640 babies being delivered in New York in 2021, there's a chance that, on a rare occasion, a family may be faced with a birth-related injury caused by a negligent healthcare provider.
What Is A Birth-Related Injury Lawsuit?
A birth-related injury lawsuit is a legal claim filed by parents on behalf of their child injured during birth. The grounds for filing such a lawsuit typically involve some form of negligence on the part of the medical professionals involved in the delivery.
Numerous forms of malpractice during the delivery of a child can lead to injuries. A lot of the time, they are simple mistakes made by a doctor. For example, if a doctor fails to monitor the baby's vital signs properly or makes physical errors during the delivery, their actions can lead to unnecessary injuries at birth.
Common Birth-Related Injuries Can Include:
Cerebral palsy: This is a condition that affects movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain, typically during or before birth.
Erb's palsy: This condition affects the nerves in the arm. It is typically caused by damage to the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that run from the neck to the arm.
Shoulder dystocia: This is a condition in which the baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother's pubic bone during delivery. This can cause damage to the baby's neck and spinal cord.
Facial paralysis: This condition causes paralysis of the facial muscles. It is typically caused by damage to the seventh cranial nerve, which controls the muscles of the face.
Birth asphyxia: This is a condition in which the baby does not get enough oxygen during delivery. The lack of oxygen can cause brain damage and other serious health problems.
Cephalohematoma: This is a condition where there is bleeding under the scalp. It is typically caused by trauma to the head during delivery.
Bone fractures: This is a condition in which the baby's bones break during delivery. Too much force applied during delivery or the baby's head being too large for the mother's pelvis can be the cause of bone fractures.
Spinal cord injuries: This is a condition in which the baby's spinal cord is damaged during delivery. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis, loss of sensation, and other serious health problems.
Brain damage: This is a condition in which the baby's brain is damaged during delivery. Brain damage can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures, and other serious health problems.
Death: This is the most severe and unfortunate birth complication, which can result from any of the above complications. While death is rare, it is crucial to be aware of the risks involved in childbirth. Parents should speak with their doctor about potential risks before delivery.
What Are The Benefits of Filing a Birth-Related Injury Lawsuit?
Financial Relief: Focus on getting the money you need for recovery, instead of thinking about how you’re going to pay for all the incoming bills. We're talking about medical and other associated expenses. Depending on the severity of the injury, the child could be facing life-altering injuries that will be associated with a sizable amount of future medical-related bills. Filing a lawsuit can help cover these costs and have a nest egg set aside for anything that arises in the future.
Holding Professionals Accountable: Not holding negligent health care professionals accountable for their actions puts other innocent parents at risk of the same thing happening to them. We understand that childbirth injuries will happen no matter what, and there is no way of stopping them. But the more they are reported, the more we will see hospitals look at implementing new regulations and procedures to help reduce the risk of injury to a patient.
Closure To Move On: Having closure to an emotional experience like dealing with your child being injured at birth, can mean a lot to a new parent. The best way forward is to seek justice and get the closure you need to move past this unfortunate incident.
If you have suffered a birth-related injury, you must contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and find out how we can help you get the money you deserve.