A child’s birth should be a time of joy and celebration and one of the happiest moments in life. However, when a birth injury occurs due to medical malpractice, delight turns to devastation as parents and family members are suddenly faced with an uncertain future. It is important to contact the experienced Brooklyn birth injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel to help you recover the compensation needed for your babies recovery. When a doctor or medical professional does not handle the situation properly, your infant may suffer injuries or illnesses that can leave him or her permanently disabled. In the worst cases, mishandled childbirth complications may result in death.
Birth Injury Causes
About seven in every 1,000 babies in the United States are born with a birth injury. These injuries can occur because of a mother’s illness or pre-existing health condition, complications during delivery or because of negligence on the part of doctors, nurses or hospitals during the delivery process. There are a number of causes of tragic birth injuries, most of which are related to medical negligence on behalf of the acting physician. Causes of tragic birth injuries may occur because of the doctor not paying attention to details such as:
- Baby with too large or small birth weight
- Mother with an odd shaped pelvis
- Birth position not normal, such as breech
- Premature birth
- Delivery complications
- Baby’s head is abnormally large
When a doctor does not recognize these conditions and a complication occurs because of this, an otherwise healthy baby is put at risk and may be injured because of medical malpractice.
If your loved one has experienced a birth injury because of the medical malpractice and negligence of a doctor, the Brooklyn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits, including birth injury claims. If you live in New York and your child was born with a birth injury, our attorneys can take the legal burden from your shoulders by securing statements, records, and evidence required to fight for compensation in court. Contact us today at 212-564-2800 for a free legal consultation.
Types of Birth Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy – this condition occurs because of brain damage which affects the newborn’s ability to properly use its muscles. Multiple births, breech births or other complications during pregnancy, delivery or labor can increase the risk that a baby will be born with cerebral palsy.
- Erb’s Palsy – is a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves. This injury arises most commonly from shoulder dystocia during a difficult childbirth or labor.
- Shoulder Dystocia – occurs when the baby’s shoulder becomes lodged during the delivery process. The risk of this condition is especially high in larger babies. Deliveries done with forceps or a vacuum extractor may increase the risk of this condition.
- Fractures and broken bones – may result when a baby is delivered in an improper manner. Babies who are delivered by breech birth or who experience shoulder dystocia may suffer a broken clavicle. A fracture may occur when the arms or legs are rotated in a breech birth.
- Asphyxia – occurs when the baby’s body does not receive enough oxygen. Asphyxia can lead to serious birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, brain injury, or death.
Free Legal Consultation with Birth Injury Lawyers in Brooklyn
If your child has sustained a birth injury due to medical negligence at the time of birth, you may be eligible to hold your doctor or healthcare provider responsible in a court of law. Contact a Brooklyn birth injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today at 212-564-2800. We will thoroughly prepare each case, review accident and medical records, speak to health care providers and consider all possible legal and medical issues. Call us today. There is no fee to you unless we win your case. We serve clients in the entire New York City area, including Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk.