Birth Injuries Can Create Lifetime Costs
Birth injury malpractice is the failure of an obstetrician to properly perform his or her duties; i.e. failure to administer blood tests to detect abnormalities that can result in death or serious injury to both the mother and fetus; or failure to properly manage the labor and delivery process.
If a mother or newborn suffers birth injuries due to the negligence of medical professionals, it may be cause to file a malpractice lawsuit. Common injuries that result from medical negligence during child birth include:
- Brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation, which can result from umbilical cord issues or other complications
- Fractures, often to the clavicle, which occurs when a physician pulls too hard on a newborn while in the breech position.
- Facial paralysis may occur if too much pressure is placed on a newborn’s face during delivery. This may clear up within a few weeks after a baby is born or it could be permanent.
- Brachial palsy, including Erb’s palsy, often occurs when an infant’s shoulders are trapped in the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery.
An Experienced Attorney Who Is Ready To Review Your Case
Medical malpractice attorney James I. Devine can help you learn about your possible claims and pursuing viable claims. Pennsylvania statutes of limitations bar the filing of claims after a certain period of time following the negligent act, so it is important to contact Mr. Devine promptly. For more information on a birth trauma claim, contact the firm in Norristown at 610-292-9300 or contact us online.