Bronx Birth Injury Lawyer
Most of us never consider the hazards associated with giving birth, after all, women have been giving birth to babies for thousands of years. Unfortunately, as much joy as a newborn can bring to a family, too often, birth injuries mean the infant has medical problems that can last a lifetime and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care. When you believe your infant was injured during the birthing process and those injuries could have been prevented, a birth injury lawyer can help hold the medical professionals responsible for their action or inaction.
What is a Birth Injury?
Birth injuries can be physical or developmental damage that an infant suffers as a result of the trauma of being born. In some instances, these injuries can be the result of poor prenatal care, a failure to identify issues through the use of sonograms or ultrasounds or injuries suffered during the birthing process. A birth injury lawyer can help you hold the medical team accountable when a birth injury occurs.
Common Birth Injuries
Cerebral palsy is one of the better-known birth injuries that an infant can suffer and may be caused by a lack of oxygen to the infant during the birthing process. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 10 percent of cerebral palsy is caused during pregnancy or stages of labor due to a lack of oxygen. Some of the other types of injuries an infant can suffer during the birthing process include:
Erb’s palsy is a nerve condition that impacts one or both shoulders of the infant and is generally a result of the infant being forced through the birth canal. The injuries can be more frequent when there is a breach birth. The infant will often have life-long problems with their shoulder or shoulders including a lack of motion. Infants often have to undergo surgery during the first year of life. A birth injury lawyer can help you recover damages for medical bills as well as pain and suffering.
In some instances, a physician will attempt to assist the birth using forceps or vacuum extraction. Too often, infants can suffer nerve damage, misshapen skulls and facial nerve injuries. This nerve damage can cause life-long damage although in many cases the injuries are minor and go away within a week or so of birth.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Unfortunately, an infant can suffer a spinal cord injury if the baby is rotated in the birth canal prior to birth. This can cause life-long paralysis and other serious medical issues. A birth injury lawyer can help you recover a financial award to ensure your baby gets the care they need throughout their life.
Should Dystocia occurs when a child’s arm or shoulder are stuck in the mother’s pelvis during the delivery process. This can cause severe pain for the mother and injuries to the child, such as broken bones, are possible as well.
Symptoms of Birth Injury Can Vary
Depending on the type of injury your infant suffered prior to or during the birthing process, there are various symptoms which must be identified. Infants may show slower development, suffer seizure disorders or may develop other health issues. If you have any reason to believe your child’s health is suffering because of a medical mistake before or during birth, contact a birth injury lawyer and discuss your case with them.
Other Common Birth Complications
Placental Abruption: Placental abruption occurs when the placenta breaks away from the uterus before childbirth. If not recognized by doctors or physicians it can be deadly for the mother and the child.
Placenta Previa: Placenta previa occurs when the placenta attaches further down in the uterus close to or blocking the cervix. If doctors or physicians don’t properly diagnose the condition early in the pregnancy complications can occur.
Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a potentially fatal complication occurring late in a pregnancy where the mother develops protein in her urine due to organ damage and high blood pressure.
Were the Injuries Caused by Neglect?
Your doctor owes you a high level of care during the prenatal and delivery process. Doctors who fail to recognize that a mother’s birth canal is too narrow to safely deliver an infant, fail to realize an infant’s birth weight may cause problems or have given a pregnant mother certain medications could be responsible for the child’s birth injury. If you are uncertain if your child’s illness or injury is caused by a physician’s neglect, discuss all of the aspects of your situation with a birth injury lawyer.
Parenthood is a joyful time and when you have to watch your infant suffer because a doctor made a mistake, it is devastating. No amount of money will ever compensate for the pain you are feeling as you watch your infant struggle with the burden of injuries or illnesses that could have been prevented with proper are. However, the facts are that you will likely face high medical costs as you continue to care for an infant who suffered a birth injury. Attorney Ivan M. Diamond is a Bronx birth injury lawyer committed to ensuring your baby gets the medical attention they deserve without a financial burden to your family. Call him immediately at 877-960-1702 and have your case reviewed free of charge and determine how to proceed.
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888 Grand Concourse #1L
Ivan M. Diamond
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 588-2000
Ivan M. Diamond is available for home and hospital visits, as well as weekend and evening appointments.
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