Birth Injury Attorneys in Long Island
There are a wide variety of ways in which the careless actions, poor decisions, or negligence of medical professionals may cause harm to your baby and the baby’s mother during prior to, during, and just after childbirth. If the damaging outcome—a serious injury or death—has been foreseeable and preventable, you may have grounds for a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit.
The experienced and compassionate birth injury medical malpractice lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP Long Island’s office may be able to help. The firm will investigate if you suspect that the negligence or the medical mistakes of the obstetrician, obstetric nurses, or obstetric team harmed your baby of the baby’s mother. We have decades of successful experience and the resources to pursue the monetary compensation you and your baby need for the potential of life-long future challenges.
Common Birth Injuries
Birth injury or trauma is physical damage to the baby’s body that occurs during delivery, at birth, or soon after birth. Birth injuries may include injury to the delivering mother.
Some birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy, which is a group of disorders that impacts an individual’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture and is the most common motor disability among children. Lack of oxygen during birth, head trauma during birth, or an infection soon after birth, may cause cerebral palsy.
- Brachial plexus injury, which is also known as Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s palsy, is a loss of function in the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers caused by trauma to a group of nerves located in the shoulder. The trauma occurs during delivery.
- Profound brain injury occurs if the brain does receive sufficient oxygen during birth. When this happens, the child may suffer brain damage. The more intense the oxygen deprivation, the more severe the damage to the baby’s brain.
- Compromised function of the lungs, vision, hearing, or other organs.
- Stillbirth or neonatal death.
Events Leading to Birth Injuries
Birth injuries may occur when a baby assumes an unnatural position prior to birth and the doctor applies excessive force when using forceps, suction, or other medical instruments to deliver the baby. These behaviors may lead to head injury, shoulder injury (brachial plexus injury), broken bones, bruising, or lacerations.
Oxygen deprivation may result in brain damage such as mental retardation or Cerebral Palsy and may be caused by twisting or compression that blocks the umbilical cord, the umbilical cord wrapping around the baby’s neck, a failure to recognize that the infant is in distress and to perform an immediate Caesarean section, and leaving the baby in the birth canal for too long.
The baby’s oxygen level must be constantly monitored during labor and delivery. Failure to recognize when the baby’s oxygen level is low and take immediate and appropriate action may lead to birth injury medical malpractice.
Birth injuries typically occur when obstetricians, obstetric nurses, and the obstetric team fail to foresee dangers, fail to follow accepted medical practices, panic in emergency situations, or fail to monitor their patients.
Some of the most common examples include:
- Failure to diagnose and appropriately respond to fetal distress, which is caused by a lack of oxygen getting to the baby in the womb. When a baby fails to receive sufficient oxygen when in the womb, the baby’s heart rate will abnormally fluctuate. The baby’s abnormal heart rate patterns should be seen on the fetal heart rate monitor.
- If the heart rate does not return to normal within a short time, the baby enters fetal distress. Babies in fetal distress must be delivered as quickly as possible and, if not, they may develop brain damage, which may lead to permanently disabling conditions, including Cerebral Palsy. A key form of medical malpractice during childbirth is the failure to detect fetal distress and deliver a baby in fetal distress rapidly.
- Failure to respond appropriately to maternal bleeding is important and vaginal bleeding should not occur during labor and delivery. Should the mother start bleeding vaginally during labor or delivery, that should be taken as a sign that there is a problem in the placenta or uterus. Placental abruption or uterine rupture are both medical emergencies that call for immediate delivery of the baby. Unnecessary delays may lead to various problems, including the mother hemorrhaging.
- A delay in ordering or performing a C-section, especially if there is vaginal bleeding, fetal distress, umbilical cord prolapse (the umbilical cord appears in the birth canal before the fetus), and umbilical cord entrapment (the umbilical cord wraps around the fetus’s neck) may lead to the baby suffering from brain damage (often resulting in Cerebral Palsy) and/or death.
- The use of forceps or a vacuum extractor incorrectly may lead to birth injuries. If too much force is applied to forceps or a vacuum extractor, serious brain trauma to the baby, including intracranial bleeding, may occur. These brain injuries may lead to the development of permanent harm such as Cerebral Palsy.
- Pitocin is the brand name for synthetic oxytocin, which is a naturally occurring hormone involved in the labor process. Pitocin is used to induce labor and speed delivery; however, too much Pitocin may cause serious maternal and fetal injury, including uterine rupture, fetal asphyxia, fetal distress, or fetal heart rate irregularities.
Compensation For Medical Malpractice Birth Injuries
If your child has physical disabilities, medical problems, cognitive disabilities, or other long-lasting harm, he or she may need extensive and/or lifetime care. The Long Island attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing Long Island personal injury victims.
The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit. Patients may bring lawsuits over physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical bills, lost work, and lost earning capacity.
Filing a Long Island Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a Long Island birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit, contact the personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman today. For more information call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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