Kingston NY Birth Injury Lawyer
Representing clients facing birth injuries across the Hudson Valley
The day a child is born should be an event filled with excitement, joy, and love. When parents find out that their child was injured during delivery, the news can be devastating. When the birth injury could have been prevented, parents should consider their legal options. Birth injuries can occur throughout the birthing process and for many reasons. Some are minor issues. Some can be quite catastrophic. Some of these injuries may not be diagnosed for months or years before surfacing. When a good amount of time passes before the signs show, parents can easily mistake an avoidable birth injury for genetics or other variables out of their control. The two most common types of birth injury are Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy. If your child shows signs of birth injuries, even after a long period of time, you should contact an attorney to assess your situation and help you establish if you have a valid medical malpractice case. Though your child was injured during birth, not all birth injuries are preventable and knowing the difference is key. Jeff Brody Injury Law has been fighting for families whose children were injured because of the neglect of a medical professional. If you need an effective, compassionate, and persistent attorney, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law.
Cerebral Palsy occurs when the complications during pregnancy cause damage to the brain. Most often, Cerebral Palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Cerebral Palsy has the potential to interfere with the messages between the brain and the body, leading to physical issues, including mental handicaps, impairment of speech, hearing, or sight, problems with walking, seizures, muscle spasm or stiffness, and more. A family could have a valid medical malpractice case for a variety of reasons, including if the doctor:
- Failed to detect and/or treat infections in the mother during pregnancy
- Failed to properly monitor the fetal heart rate before and during labor and birth
- Failed to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failed to plan, schedule, and/or perform a cesarean section when necessary
- Failed to meet the medical standard when using instruments when performing a delivery
Erb’s Palsy is the paralysis of the arm caused by an injury to the nerves of the upper arm. Erb’s palsy can be caused by a complicated and difficult birth. In most cases, the shoulder is caught on the mother’s pelvic bone, preventing the baby from exiting the birth canal. It is rare for this to occur, but when it does, it takes a skilled and competent obstetrician or midwife to take the proper steps. When a medical professional is too forceful in trying to deliver the baby, especially when using the necessary instruments, the fragile nerves of the baby’s shoulder can be compressed, stretched or torn. The effects of Erb’s Palsy vary. A newborn can recover within months in some fortunate cases. Other times, they may need major surgery to fix the issue. If your child was injured during the birthing process, you should have an attorney examine the factors of your case.
Contact an Ulster County Birth Injury Attorney
Jeff Brody Injury Law fights for the families affected by birth injuries caused by the negligence of a medical professional. The two most common birth injuries are Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy. Though not always, some of these cases could have been prevented if the doctor or medical professional met the medical standard of care they are obligated to provide. If your child was injured during birth, you should contact Jeff Brody Injury Law for a free consultation. Allow our firm to assess your situation, guide you through your legal options, and effectively represent your needs to help you through the potentially tough times ahead.