Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries in New York
New York medical malpractice attorneys see far too many cases where a baby is injured because of a medical professional’s negligent actions or decisions. For any parent, having a child should be a time of celebration and joy and, thankfully, most of the time it is. But there are times when things don’t go as smoothly as they should. Reports suggest that out of every 1,000 births, there are nearly 30 birth traumas.
When complications arise during labor and delivery and result in harm to an otherwise healthy baby, it can be devastating and life changing for parents. If the injuries to the child were avoidable, parents may have a cause of action against one or more of the medical professionals involved in the delivery. An action for negligence or medical malpractice can result in a substantial monetary recovery. A monetary award can be very helpful if you are faced with years of medical bills and other expenses to care for an injured child.
The New York malpractice attorneys at Leeds Brown have decades of experience handling birth-injury negligence claims. Our attorneys have the compassion and dedication you want working for you when you are dealing with an injured child. Our track record of successful outcomes speaks for itself. While each case is different, we feel confident that we can help you through this difficult time.
What is Malpractice or Medical Negligence?
Negligence occurs when someone fails to exercise reasonable care. Medical negligence, also called malpractice, occurs when a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse acts negligently. During the labor and delivery process when there are changing conditions and decisions being made there is ample opportunity for any member of the health care staff to act negligently.
Oftentimes, medical malpractice takes place when a doctor fails to respond to conditions of the mother or baby either before or during labor. For example, a doctor may fail to perform a needed cesarean section in a timely manner. A doctor may also fail to properly assess the health of the baby during labor causing dangerous complications, such as brain damage. In other cases, a medical professional may use instruments incorrectly. For instance, a doctor may improperly use a medical device such as a vacuum or forceps, causing injury to the baby.
In these common malpractice situations, if the baby is injured, the parents may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the hospital and staff to recover damages for their child’s injuries. Proving medical negligence often requires the use of experts to help explain medical and scientific evidence. The New York birth-injury attorneys at Leeds Brown have all of the resources you need.
New York Malpractice Attorneys Help Recover Damages for Injuries
Any injury to a baby during labor or delivery is upsetting. An avoidable injury can be devastating. Many injuries to babies are caused by lack of oxygen. Others are caused by trauma. Some of the more commonly seen injuries that occur during the birthing process are:
Cerebral Palsy – CP is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. In the case of a baby, this may be the result of the doctor’s failure to properly monitor the baby’s vital signs, the failure to perform a C-section or failure to assess a situation such as a prolapsed umbilical cord.
Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI may be caused by the improper use of medical instruments, the failure to perform a C-section, or the failure to assess the position of the baby.
Both of the injuries above may result in seizure disorders, behavioral problems, cognitive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, physical disabilities, paralysis, blindness, and speech problems.
Some other common injuries caused during delivery are facial paralysis, brachial or Erb’s palsy caused by shoulder dystocia, bruises, fractures, and swelling. These may all be caused by negligent use of medical instruments and the failure to properly assess the health and well-being of the baby during delivery.
Contact New York Birth Injury Attorneys to Protect Your Child’s Rights
After you have given birth, the last thing you expect is to be caring for an injured baby. But it happens far more often than it should. If during your delivery, your baby suffered a head injury or an oxygen deprivation injury, you may be facing a lifetime of providing physical and occupational therapies, surgeries, and other specialized care. These things can take a huge financial and emotional toll on your entire family.
If someone was negligent or failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care, you may be able to collect monetary damages from the hospital or medical professionals who delivered and treated your child. You will have to prove that negligence caused your child’s injury – someone failed to exercise reasonable care and that failure resulted in harm to your baby. We can help you.
The New York malpractice attorneys at Leeds Brown have all of the resources you need to help prove your negligence claim and our staff will patiently guide you through the entire process. Whether your goal is to settle your claim or take it to trial, we can help you to determine the best way to move forward to secure the outcome you want.
Our seasoned negligence lawyers have access to medical experts who can explain precisely how your child became injured and can pinpoint how the doctor violated the proper standard of care. Demonstrating causation in medical malpractice cases can be tricky. Don’t you want the best opportunity to prove your case and recover the compensation you deserve?
If you have a medical malpractice claim resulting from a birth injury, you may be entitled to recover damages for things like medical expenses, the costs of ongoing care, and emotional distress.
Contact Leeds Brown today for a free evaluation. We are here to take your call 24/7. Let New York birth injury lawyers help you recover compensation while you take care of your injured child. Call us at 1-800-585-4658.