Queens Birth Injury Lawyer
Our Queens Birth Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned that a birth injury is any type of injury or trauma that happens as a child is being born and that most injury happens when a baby is passing through the birth canal. Further research shows that it is not uncommon for a child to sustain a minor injury during birth, but a severe birth injury can happen. These severe birth injuries can usually be prevented by using state-of-the-art medical treatments and by taking preventative measures during pregnancy. In some instances, a birth injury can be the result of medical malpractice. If your child has suffered a birth injury, contact our Queens Birth Injury Lawyer team to learn about filing an obstetrical malpractice claim.
One of the more prevalent and severe types of birth injury is cerebral palsy. Other injuries that are equally severe include Klumpke's Palsy, shoulder dystocia, Horner's Syndrome and Erb's Palsy. The size of the baby or how the baby is positioned in the uterus before delivery can play a role in birth injury. Most of the time, an attentive obstetrician will notice the problem and be able to deal with it before the actual birth. However, if you think that your baby didn't get the proper treatment during your pregnancy, call our Queens Birth Injury Lawyer team to discuss the possibility of filing a medical malpractice claim against the medical personnel who cared for you. In many cases, negligence during labor or the birth can lead to a birth injury. Examples of doctor negligence might include the doctor failing to respond to fetal distress or maternal hemorrhaging, failing to foresee complications or using an excessive amount of labor medication or pain medication.
As an infant is normally born head first, the head undergoes tremendous pressure as it travels down the birth canal. This pressure can cause minor injuries like bruising and swelling, which heal without the need for medical treatment. In other cases where a small birth canal or large fetus is concerned, the hospital staff may use instruments such as a vacuum extractor or forceps to facilitate the birth. However, if these instruments are used in an irresponsible manner, they can result in a serious head injury, skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage, brain damage or subdural hematoma. While these injuries can be minor, in severe cases they require surgery and can lead to permanent impairment or wrongful death. Additionally, children who suffer from a life-changing birth injury often require continued medical attention for the rest of their lives. If your child suffered a birth injury that has severely impacted his or her development, please call our Queens Birth Injury Attorney team to ensure your legal rights are protected and to get the compensation you deserve.
Our Queens Birth Injury Lawyer team has found that one form of birth injury, a brachial plexus injury, happens when a baby's arm is pulled during the birth process. Symptoms include paralysis or weakness in the hand or arm. Additionally, this injury can lead to reduced strength and stamina as well as poor range of motion, osteoarthritis, Horner's Syndrome, Erb's Palsy, Klumpke's Palsy and scapular winging.
In many cases, mistakes made during prenatal care, delivery or birth, cause a birth injury. Some mistakes and doctors error includes exposure to drugs, careless use of medical equipment, lack of oxygen and difficult extractions can cause a child to be born with a severe injury. While many children with a birth injury manage to live relatively healthy lives, severe cases require constant medical treatment and round-the-clock care. If your child suffered a birth injury, please contact our Queens Birth Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to see about getting the compensation you need to help pay for your child's expenses and pain and suffering. It's important to remember that the most severe cases of birth injury will affect your child and your family for years to come. They can be emotionally as well as financially crushing. Having an experienced attorney on your side to protect your legal rights is essential to helping you and your family deal with the challenges ahead.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of a birth injury, contact our experienced Queens Birth Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss your legal options. Please call us at 800.696.9529, online or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.