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Queens Breech Delivery Complications Injury

When a baby is delivered through a vaginal delivery, the mother pushes the baby through the birth canal. Ideally the baby 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. While a baby that is in breech position can be successfully delivered vaginally, the baby is more likely suffer a birth injury. For example, babies delivered in a breech position often suffer damage in the hip area. In addition, breech position can lead to a brain injury, or to some other type of trauma to the baby’s head. However, if a baby is in a breech presentation and the medical staff takes quick, appropriate action such as performing a c-section delivery, then serious complications may be avoided. New York law allows victims who were injured due to negligent medical care to file claims and seek damages. If you or your baby suffered a serious injury as a result of complications from a breech delivery, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Queens breech delivery complications Iawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your injuries and your child’s injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Types of breech presentations

A breech presentation is characterized by the baby’s head being up, not by the feet necessarily being down. In some cases the feet are positioned to be delivered first while in other cases the buttocks are positioned to be delivered first. There are different types of breech presentations.

  • Frank breech. When a baby is in a frank breech position the baby’s buttocks are pointed toward the birth canal and the legs are sticking straight up in front of the baby’s body.
  • Complete breech. When a baby is in a complete breech position the baby’s buttocks are pointed toward the birth canal and the legs are folded at the knees.
  • Footling breech. One or both of the baby’s feet is pointed toward the birth canal and will deliver first.
Managing a breech presentation

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 delaying a c-section could be dangerous. If a breech presentation is not managed properly, dangerous complications may occur resulting in the baby suffering serious, potentially life-threatening injuries including:

  • Compressed umbilical cord: The umbilical becomes compressed by the baby’s body cutting off the baby’s oxygen and blood supply. The medical staff must deliver the baby immediately to avoid a brain injury.
  • Umbilical cord wrapped around baby’s neck. If the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck, the baby may not receive the proper amount of oxygen and as result suffer a serious injury.
  • Fetal distress. The stress and pressure of a breech delivery can cause the baby’s heart rate to fluctuate or decelerate leading to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
  • Spinal cord injury. A cervical spinal cord injury may occur if the baby has a hyperextended head.
Pursuing compensation

Medical malpractice occurs when a victim is injured due to subpar medical care. Thus, if a doctor fails to appropriately monitor your baby, or fails 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 through a medical malpractice claim. You can demand compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses caused by the negligent medical care.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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 the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in successfully representing clients who have suffered injuries due to mistakes made by medical professionals, improper treatment, incorrect diagnosis, and failure to get informed consent. 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.