Stephen BilkisHead of Law Office
Nationally known for successfully representing clients in birth injury and other personal injury matters, Stephen Bilkis has over 2 decades of experience fighting for the rights of victims. Stephen Bilkis founded the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates soon after he graduated from Touro Law School in 1997. From the beginning his goal was to offer high quality legal representation to clients throughout New York at reasonable rates. Over the past 2 decades Mr. Bilkis has earned multimillion dollar damage awards for his clients, and a reputation for being a knowledgeable, prepared, and tenacious advocate. Because of his track record, Mr. Bilkis and members of his team have been sought after as legal analysts by CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC New York, the New York Times, New York Post, and Newsday.
In his many years of representing injured victims, Mr. Bilkis has focused on helping families who experienced the trauma of a baby who suffered a birth injury. Birth injury cases develop when due to the negligence of health care professional, a baby suffers damage just before, during, or just after the birthing process. It is a type of medical malpractice. Mr. Bilkis has the skill, experience, and resources to represent victims who suffered birth injuries. Not only is a knowledge and understanding of personal injury law required to handle such cases, but also an understanding of the medical implications of errors made during labor, delivery, and the periods before and after. Common medical errors include failure to detect and monitor fetal distress, inappropriate administration of medications, improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor, umbilical cord problems, and delayed C-sections. Birth injuries can lead to relatively mild injuries that if treated appropriately, leave no permanent damage. On the other hand, birth injuries can be severe including brain-related injuries that lead to permanent damage to the baby and lifelong deficits and health problems.
With over 20 years of experience representing clients with serious injuries such as injuries to the brain, Mr. Bilkis understands that claims involving such injuries can be complex. Building a case against the defendant may require a thorough review of complicated medical records, taking statements from medical staff, and working with experts. Often the defendant is an insurance company or a large corporation such as a hospital. Mr. Bilkis has the skill, knowledge, and resources to conduct a full and thorough investigation. In working with Stephen Bilkis and the team at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, you will receive superior legal representation as well as personal service. We understand the emotional impact of having a sick or injured baby. We are committed to tirelessly serving you with understanding and compassion.
While cerebral palsy is the leading birth injury in the United States, Stephen Bilkis represents clients in cases based on other types of birth injuries as well. Some of the other common birth injuries include shoulder dystocia, anoxia, hypoxia, facial paralysis, spinal cord injuries, caput succedaneum, and fetal lacerations. While birth injury cases can be complicated, Mr. Bilkis has superb negotiation skills. As a result, he is often able to secure generous settlements for his clients without ever going to trial. Mr. Bilkis is also a skilled litigator. If necessary, he will use his skills at trial to fight for the compensation that his clients deserve.
If your baby has cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, shoulder dystocia, or any other birth injury, it is imperative that you are represented by an experienced attorney who understands the law related to medical malpractice, and who also understands the medical implications of injuries suffered by babies during the birthing process. Birth injuries can change the course of a child’s life, resulting in lifelong physical challenges, cognitive deficits, and medical problems. In some cases the baby does not survive the medical mistake. Stephen Bilkis and the team at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience representing severely injured victims throughout Nassau County, Manhattan, Suffolk County, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, and Westchester County. Mr. Bilkis has been a member of numerous local and national bar associations and organizations including the American Association for Justice, American Prepaid Legal Institute, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, and AARP Legal Services Network.