Birth Injury Lawyer

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A birth injury is harm that an infant suffers during labor or delivery, if a New York medical professional does not handle the process appropriately. For example, if a doctor fails to recognize the signs of fetal distress, they may react too late or not at all, and the baby could suffer brain damage. When a medical error causes a birth injury, the consequences can be severe and create life-long health complications for your child.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf you live in New York and have delivered a child with a birth injury, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Consult Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. A lawyer with medical malpractice experience will review your case, and attempt to find you a New York medical malpractice lawyer in your area, if your claim seems valid—at no additional cost.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition where a child is not able to control his or her movements and posture because of damage to the brain. In addition, an individual with cerebral palsy may experience seizures, behavior problems, hearing and speech impediments and developmental delays.

Cerebral palsy is considered a birth injury if the obstetrician’s carelessness or failure to take action resulted in oxygen deprivation to the newborn. Some examples include:

  • Failure to order an emergency Cesarean section
  • Inaccurately interpreting the fetal monitor strips
  • Failure to detect fetal distress
  • Absence of a pediatrician during delivery
  • Failure to act when the mother began bleeding or blood pressure increased
  • Failure to refer to a specialist when the pregnancy was deemed “high risk”

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy occurs when a child’s brachial plexus is injured during delivery. The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that from the spine through the neck and down the arm. These nerves control the movement of a child’s hands, shoulders and arms.

Erb’s palsy is most commonly the result of shoulder dystocia—when the child’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. Large babies, heavy mothers and unusual positions in the womb increase the risk of shoulder dystocia. If the New York delivery team is not prepared for the possibility of shoulder dystocia, the baby could suffer an injury. Some situations that may result in Erb’s palsy include:

  • Failure to assess the obstetrical history of the mother, such as difficult deliveries
  • Excessive force on the head or neck during delivery
  • Failure to evaluate the fetal size by ultrasound during the third trimester
  • No request for qualified medical staff to assist with the delivery
  • Use of improper pressure on the abdomen
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor

If you delivered a baby with cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, please fill out our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find you a New York medical malpractice lawyer to meet your needs and help you recover the money you and your family deserve.