New parents feel no greater joy than when their child is born. But that happiness can be replaced with uncertainty when medical errors made by New York doctors or hospitals result in a birth injury. Some birth injuries are minor and resolve on their own, but trauma during labor and delivery can also cause permanent injuries, disabilities and death – not only for the newborn, but also for the mother.
The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, located in Watertown, NY, regularly handles birth injury cases for clients in New York State. Our law firm treats each client with sympathy and respect. We will work with medical experts and economists to prepare your case to ensure that you receive the results that you are entitled to.
Damages in birth injury cases may include compensation to cover medical bills, hospital expenses, psychological treatment, long-term care, and, in cases of wrongful death, funeral and burial expenses. Your child may also be awarded money for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, among other damages.
To learn about your legal options, call our Watertown, NY, lawyers at 315-782-3547, 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or use our online contact form. There is no fee for a case review, and we respond to all inquiries the same day, usually within the hour. We even make house calls. We Will Fight For You!
About New York Birth Injuries
Some birth injuries are unavoidable. Complications can arise during any labor and delivery, and even doctors who respond appropriately in emergency settings may not be able to avert birth trauma. However, there are circumstances in which a health care professional’s negligence results in birth injuries that could have been prevented. Victims in those cases may be able to file suit against the reckless medical practitioner or hospital for their injuries.
There are many different types of birth injuries. Labor is a delicate process that must be managed carefully by doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and any other health care workers involved in the delivery. Medical errors or oversights can lead to oxygen deprivation, nerve trauma, brain damage, broken bones, drug overdoses, allergic reactions and other problems in the newborn. Mothers may also suffer from birth injuries during delivery, particularly those who undergo riskier procedures like Caesarean sections.
Babies who suffer from oxygen deprivation, as might happen in births where the umbilical cord gets wrapped around the neck, can end up with severe brain damage. Cerebral palsy, a condition which impairs motor control, is often the result of oxygen deprivation. A lack of oxygen may also cause injuries such as:
- Hypoxic-ischemic cephalopathy brain damage;
- Prenatal asphyxia;
- Speech difficulties;
- Learning problems;
Physical Birth Trauma
Other types of birth injuries can be caused by physical manipulation during birth. For example, babies who get trapped under their mother’s pubic bone or in the birth canal are vulnerable to shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injuries, neck injuries, and torticollis. Brain injuries and hemorrhages may also occur during deliveries in which forceps or vacuums are used. Fractures and spinal cord damage may also be the result of obstetrical damage.
Liability in NY Birth Injury Cases
New York medical providers may be held liable for negligence for a variety of errors or oversights. Common examples include:
- Failing to recognize signs of fetal distress;
- Ineffective fetal and maternal monitoring;
- Difficult or prolonged labor, as would happen with large babies;
- Failing to perform a C-section in a timely manner;
- Misdiagnosing or failing to treat conditions arising from the pregnancy;
- Errors in labor induction;
- VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) complications.
Other Causes of Birth Injuries
Not all birth injuries occur in hospitals. Research has correlated exposure to toxic substances with conditions such as spina bifida, a hole in the heart and other defects. Pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollutants have almost three times the risk of delivering an infant with a cardiac disorder. Toxic exposure has also been associated with cognitive impairments in children.
Chemical exposure in consumer products may lead to valid birth injury claims if it can be proven that the manufacturer knew about the hazards posed to pregnant women and failed to inform them of the risks.
Because We Care About You
If you suspect that your infant was harmed as a result of medical negligence in New York, contact The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb, LLP, for a free evaluation of your claim. Your baby’s health and wellbeing is important to us – and we will fight so that you obtain the compensation needed to provide your child with the resources that will maximize his or her quality of life.
It is rare for a doctor or hospital to admit any wrongdoing, but our legal team has over 30 years of experience in handling negligent parties accountable for their mistakes. Let us get started on your case right away. Just call 315-782-3547, 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or use our online contact form for a free consultation from our attorneys. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton.