Birth Injury Lawyer
4 million babies are born in America each year. Out of every 1,000 babies born, between 6 and 8 suffer a birth injury. That totals an alarming 28,000 babies with injuries during birth each year. But how does a birth injury happen? Who is responsible? When should you talk to a lawyer?
How Birth Injury Happens
There are many reasons injuries occur during birth. Medical malpractice is a common cause of birth injury – to babies and mothers. If a medical professional is negligent, you or your baby can end up with lifelong injuries.
Types Of Birth Injuries
Many types of injuries can occur during birth. Here is a list of the most common birth injuries:
- Cerebral palsy
- Oxygen deprivation
- Brain swelling
- Brachial plexus
- Skull fracture
- Broken or fractured bones
- Nerve damage of face/body
- Mental disability
What Errors Cause Birth Injuries
Negligence plays a key role in birth injuries and defects. Medical staff must be properly trained to deliver babies, or injuries may occur. A birth injury may not be intentional. But, families deserve compensation for the extra care their baby requires as a result.
Here is a list of common errors that cause birth injuries:
- Use of excessive force during delivery
- Lack of adequate oxygen during delivery
- Improper planning of delivery
- Exposure of an infant to harsh chemicals at birth
- Negligent care by a medical professional, including midwife
- Vaginal delivery when a cesarean is required
- Breach position and attempt to deliver in this position
- Lack of response to an emergent situation
These injuries can cause serious, if not fatal, results. Birth injuries can last for a lifetime and shorten the lifespan of the child. In many cases, injured babies need a lifetime of special care. Who will provide for your child after you are gone? It is important to discuss your situation with an experienced birth injury lawyer.
Who is Liable?
The participating medical professionals and the hospital itself may be responsible. Medical professionals must abide by all proper procedures to ensure the safe and healthy delivery of your child.
When medical professionals deviate from procedures, a birth injury can occur. Medical staff must abide by the medical standards of care when delivering infants. Proper training and maintenance of learning new procedures must be provided.
Birth Injury Lawsuits
Pennsylvania and New Jersey Birth Injury Lawyer
If you or your baby were injured during birth, you may have a claim. Call or text 215-232-1000 today to schedule a free birth injury consultation. We will build your case and get you the money you and your child deserve.
We work with injured people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, PA and Marlton, NJ.