Labor & Delivery Malpractice Lawyer in New York, NY
Has Your Child Suffered Birth Injuries Due to Malpractice?
The birth of your child should be a joyous occasion. Bringing in a new life to your family is an event that most parents cherish. However, if you or your child sustained injuries during the labor and delivery process, that event can turn into an overwhelming and uncertain time of distress. You may worry about how the injury will affect you or your child in the long-term, whether permanent injury may result, and what can be done to rectify the situation. When those injuries have been caused by the malpractice of the medical staff in charge of the birth, it can be even more devastating in light of the fact that it could have been prevented with proper care.
If you believe you or your child have suffered a preventable injury during labor and delivery, you should seek legal guidance. At T. A. Blackburn Law, PLLC, you can rely on the knowledge, competence, and dedication of a New York labor and delivery malpractice attorney who brings passionate advocacy to clients. Our firm can assist you in protecting your legal rights and the rights of your child in holding any negligent medical practitioners accountable for their mistakes. We recommend that you consult with our attorney to determine whether you should pursue a medical malpractice claim to seek compensation for the damages you have sustained and may continue to sustain in the future.
Labor & Delivery Malpractice in New York
Birth injuries sustained by babies during labor and delivery can have permanent repercussions. Many of these injuries are preventable. They may be caused through negligent care and practices in delivery rooms by doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, or midwives. They can occur in hospitals as well as birth centers, occurring before, during, or after the baby has been born. In these instances, medical personnel may be found to have failed in providing care that meets the established standards designed to protect infants and mothers from any kind of injury. Many of these incidents of birth injures can lead to permanent damage for a child that can have lifelong consequences. In some cases, these injuries may be evident immediately. Others may not become evident until later, such as when a child begins to show developmental issues.
Common types of birth injuries occurring as a result of labor and delivery malpractice can include but are not limited to:
- Cerebral palsy, which is commonly caused by lack of oxygen that results in damage to an infant’s brain during the birthing process. This can lead to a negative effect on physical, neurological, and sensory development, affecting the child’s ability to speak, hear, see, walk, and talk. Other problems can occur with bladder and bowel function, and more.
- Erb’s palsy, a condition that results from injury to the brachial plexus, which consists of the nerves running from the spine to the shoulder and arm muscles. This can by caused by a stretching, tearing, or rupture of the nerves, resulting in weakness, loss of sensation, or partial or total paralysis; the child may be unable to lift the arm.
- Bleeding, hemorrhage, and swelling of the brain.
- Bone fractures, such as to the skull, collarbone, or other bones.
- Facial nerve injury, which can also lead to various degrees of paralysis.
- Neonatal stroke, caused by lack of oxygen, infection, or other problems.
Injuries that can occur to mothers during labor and delivery can be the result of infection, preeclampsia which causes high blood pressure and damage to organs, hemorrhages after birth, and more. Both birth injuries sustained by a child as well as a mother can have devastating effects, including death. When medical malpractice is the cause, you deserve justice through a legal claim holding the negligent medical professional accountable.
In the case of babies who are permanently injured during labor and delivery, you may need financial resources to provide for the medical and other care your child may need throughout his or her life. This can be a staggering amount. You can also be compensated for the pain, suffering, and emotional distress involved in such a situation.
You will need the legal help of a competent attorney to determine if you have a valid medical malpractice claim. At T. A. Blackburn Law, PLLC, we have the resources to help make such a determination through a review of the specific facts and circumstances of your case. If you suspect mistakes were made during labor and delivery, you owe it to yourself and your child to get knowledgeable legal guidance. In cases where medical malpractice occurred, a lawsuit can be filed on your behalf at any time before your child reaches the age of 10.
Speak with our New York labor and delivery malpractice attorney about your case by calling (347) 427-5999.
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