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The Perecman Firm

New York Birth Injury Lawyer

According to Reuters Health, a recent government study showed that severe complications from childbirth are on the rise. From 2008 to 2009, for example, there were 129 cases of severe complications for every 10,000 women who delivered a baby in a hospital. That is a 75 percent increase in the number of complications from a decade ago.

Complications during labor and delivery can cause injury to a mother and/or her baby. A family’s grief after a birth injury can be devastating if the mother or child dies or if the child suffers an injury that will last a lifetime. The costs of treating birth injuries can be astronomical, but the loss extends far beyond just the financial.

When a birth injury occurs because of a mistake made by a doctor or a hospital, the medical professional should be held accountable and made to cover all losses. An experienced New York birth injury lawyer at The Perecman Firm can provide comprehensive assistance to injured victims or their families.

Types of Birth Injuries

There are many types of birth injuries that a child could suffer during the labor and delivery process. For example, some of the most common birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Brain damage

  • Erb’s palsy

  • Shoulder dystocia

  • Untreated jaundice

  • Meconium aspiration

  • Bone fractures

  • Depressed skull fractures

  • Stillbirth

The mother may also be harmed either as a result of mistakes made during delivery or as a result of poor prenatal care. Placental abruption, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes are just a few of many complications that could endanger the life of the mother.

Obtaining Compensation for Birth Injuries in New York City

Many types of birth injuries are incurable and leave the child in need of lifetime care or dependent upon adaptive medical devices. For example, a child with severe cerebral palsy might be unable to control his or her muscles and may have extensive cognitive impairments. If a doctor or hospital is deemed to have caused a birth injury, they need to pay for all of the costs associated with the medical treatment the mother or child needs. A medical malpractice claim can also be brought to obtain compensation for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.

To make a successful malpractice claim, it is important to show that the doctor or care provider’s actions were unreasonably incompetent and fell below the accepted standard of care. It is also important to demonstrate that the mistakes or errors made by the care provider were the direct cause of the injury to mother or baby. A New York birth injury attorney can help families take action.

Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer in New York

A birth injury lawyer in New York will assist with all aspects of your claim for compensation, from gathering evidence to negotiating a settlement or going to court.

The Perecman Firm has more than three decades of experience helping injured clients pursue full and fair compensation for their losses. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can assist with your case.