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Bronx Breech Delivery Complications Injury

When a baby is delivered through a vaginal delivery, the baby’s head is delivered first. If the baby’s feet or buttocks are positioned to deliver first, the baby is in a breech position. Serious complications and injuries to the baby can result from a breech presentation. A breech position can lead to a brain injury or to some other type of trauma to the baby’s head. Another type of birth injury that is commonly associated with breech position is birth asphyxia. However, in the case of a breech presentation if the medical staff takes quick, appropriate action such as performing a c-section delivery, then serious complications that may result in serious injury to the mother or baby may be avoided. If you or your baby suffered a serious injury as a result of your doctor making mistakes during a breech delivery, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx breech delivery complications injury lawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your injuries and your child’s injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Managing a breech presentation

There are three different types of breech presentations: frank breech, complete breech, and footling breech. When a breech position is diagnosed, the doctor will typically have three options: try to turn the baby into the proper head first position; perform a breech delivery; deliver the baby by c-section. Generally, a c-section is considered to be the safest option and must not be delayed. If a breech presentation is not managed properly, dangerous complications may occur resulting in the baby suffering serious, life-altering injuries including a compressed umbilical cord, umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck, head injury, low Apgar scores, fetal distress or a spinal cord injury.

Pursuing compensation for a birth injury

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional such as an obstetrician, nurse, or other healthcare professional fails to take reasonable care and as a result the patient suffers an injury. Thus, if a doctor fails to appropriately respond to baby who is in a breech position, and as a result you or your baby are injured, New York law allows you to hold that doctor and other medical professionals legally and financially liable.

Medical expenses. The negligent party may be required to compensate you for your medical bills and your baby’s medical bills related to the injuries suffered because of the medical mistake. Examples of compensable medical expenses include emergency room treatment, hospital stays, visits to your doctor, rehabilitation, developmental and physical therapy, medical equipment and prescriptions.

Lost income. If as a result of your injury you end up missing a work, your damages could include compensation for the income you lost. If you took vacation days or sick time, you should be compensated for the loss of those days. If you are permanently unable to work due to the injury, then you can demand compensation for the lost income that you would have made over the course of your lifetime. Similarly, if medical mistake resulted in you being disabled in some way that will reduce your future ability to earn a living, you can be compensated for the reduction in earning potential. Similarly, if your baby suffered a permanent disability, you can demand compensation for your baby’s loss of future earning potential.

Pain and suffering. The court may also award damages based on the physical and mental anguish you and your baby experienced due to the poor medical treatment.

Wrongful death. If your baby passed away due to poor handling of a breech presentation, then your attorney will explain to you the procedure for filing a wrongful death claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates for help

If you suspect that you or your baby was injured because your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional made a medical error related to a breech delivery, do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced birth injury attorney. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in successfully representing clients who have suffered injuries due to mistakes made by medical professionals, as well as those injured in car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, and other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.