Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer
Birth injuries are physical injuries that happen to the infant prior to
or at the time of childbirth. It is estimated in the United States that
about every 7 out of 1000 babies suffer an injury at the time of labor
and delivery. It is important to note that birth defects should not be
confused with birth injuries. A birth defect is typically a result of
a genetic condition or exposure to something harmful while in the womb,
whereas birth injuries are the result of a medical mistake by a doctor
that occur during the birth. There are a number of possible birth injuries
that can occur, unfortunately they were typically preventable.
Common Birth Injuries
The contortions and contractions that naturally come with childbirth can
be extremely rough on an infant and there is always a risk of injury.
However, the typical cause of injury was the result of a breach of the
standard of care by a medical professional during the labor and/or delivery.
Expectant parents are always very excited and anticipating the birth of
their healthy baby, but are unfortunately often left wondering how their
once healthy baby was born injured. There are a wide range of birth injuries
that can occur during labor and delivery, with the most common being Cerebral
Palsy. Some of the most common birth injuries include:
- Bleeding in the brain (often occurs when vacuums and/or forceps are improperly
used to help pull the baby's head out)
- Facial nerve damage
- Skull fractures
- Swelling of the brain
- Brain cell injury resulting from lack of oxygen
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial Plexus Palsy, also known as Erbs Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy is a birth injury caused by a breach of the
standard of care by a doctor that affects the brain and nervous system.
Natural body functions such as vision, movement, hearing and thinking
are affected. When broken down to the individual meanings of Cerebral
palsy, cerebral refers to the brain, while palsy pertains to the lack
of body control and/or paralysis. The disability is the direct result
of an injury to the brain by a doctor that occurred immediately prior
to, during or after birth. The causes of cerebral palsy may include bleeding
in the brain, infection in the brain, lack of oxygen to the brain, severe
jaundice and/or an infection in the mother during pregnancy. In many situations,
the primary injury is due to low levels of oxygen before or during the
birth. During labor and delivery, the baby is typically placed on a fetal
monitor, which monitors the baby's heart pattern. When medical personnel
fail to recognize and abnormality in the heart pattern, it can lead to
oxygen deprivation to the brain, which results in a brain injury. Most
of our Cerebral Palsy cases involved the doctor failing to do a c section
when the baby was in fetal distress.
The signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy typically appear before the age
of three, with most children showing symptoms during the first month of
life. In some situations, the symptoms of cerebral palsy may be missed
by medical professionals, because the child may not be of the right age
for certain behaviors. Children with cerebral palsy vary in the severity
of their brain injury. As the age, the child may only require a small
amount or no assistance with daily functioning. However, severe cases
of cerebral palsy require lifelong services, and the money can only be
obtained by retaining a top birth injury lawyer in Philadelphia.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:
- Muscle weakness, tight muscles and/or partial paralysis
- Abnormal gait or walk
- Joint contraction
- Speech problems
- Constant pain
- Lack of or loss of coordination
- Learning disabilities
- Digestive disorders
It is absolutely normal for the families of children who have sustained
a birth injury to look for answers. Parents want to know what went wrong
with the birth of their child and why the doctor did this to their child.
It is also common for parents to question whether or not to contact a
birth injury attorney in Philadelphia. In almost every case we have had,
the doctor lied to the parents, and tried to cover up the mistake. Also,
the doctors and hospitals in every case we have dealt with have tried
to prevent us from obtaining important medical records, especially the
fetal monitor strips. We constantly have to go to court to demand sanctions
for the withholding of these records.
Umbilical Cord Prolapse Malpractice
An umbilical cord prolapse is when the umbilical cord precedes the fetus'
exit from the uterus. It is an emergency condition during pregnancy or
labor that endangers the life of the fetus. An umbilical cord prolapse
usually occurs together with the rupture of the water bag or amniotic
sac, moving the fetus downward into the pelvis and putting pressure on
the cord. As a result, oxygen and blood supplies to the fetus are minimized
or cut-off and the baby must be delivered quickly.
An umbilical cord prolapse can be life threatening or cause a brain injury
if not diagnosed and treated right away. Doctors, nurses and midwives
are responsible for making sure the baby is delivered safely. Sometimes,
however, they fail to notice the signs of distress in a baby and they
fail to respond in a timely manner. A baby who has suffered a lack of
oxygen during the delivery may develop cerebral palsy.
If your baby has suffered from a lack of oxygen to the brain during delivery
or suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence during
labor, delivery or birth, you need to protect your rights by contacting
an experienced birth injury attorney who has a proven record of successfully
helping clients recover compensation for various birth injuries, including
Umbilical Cord Prolapse. The Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania birth injury
attorneys, has successfully helped many Pennsylvanians recover compensation
in birth injury and cerebral palsy lawsuits. We offer free initial consultations.
Birth Injury Lawyer Philadelphia
When medical negligence results in a serious birth trauma, such as brain
damage or cerebral palsy, the obstetricians, other doctors and hospital
staff may be held liable. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia medical malpractice
attorneys, will get you maximum compensation.
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