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% increase in the number of complications from a decade ago.
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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 hardships. The emotional pain that occurs from birth injuries can cause trauma and affect a child or mother’s ability to function as much as any physical injury.
There are many types of birth injuries that a child could suffer during labor and delivery.
Some of the most common birth injuries include:
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.
Many types of birth injuries are incurable and leave the child in need of lifetime care. If a doctor or hospital caused a birth injury, they should be held liable 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. These are difficult to prove for those inexperienced with the laws regarding malpractice, which often protect physicians.
A birth injury lawyer in New York can you assist with all aspects of your claim for compensation, from gathering evidence to negotiating a settlement or going to court. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has more than three decades of legal experience helping injured clients pursue full and just compensation for their losses, securing the second-highest settlement for a client in New York state history.
Our firm recognizes the dire needs of our clients. The heartbreak and suffering from birth injuries are enough to deal with on their own — our lawyers can handle your case so you can move forward with your life. We aggressively represent your interests because we believe in what we do. When you retain an attorney from The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., you are putting a powerful ally in your corner.
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The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.