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New York Asynclitism

For a vaginal delivery, the ideal “presentation” is with the head down and the body facing towards the mother's back. This position is called occiput anterior. When the baby’s head is tipped toward one shoulder, the condition is called asynclitism. This presentation makes it more challenging for the baby’s head to pass through the birth canal, as the baby’s head is not in line with the birth canal. As a result, delivery may be prolonged. There are several complications that can result from a prolonged delivery including brain damage and hemorrhaging in the baby’s head. If your baby is not in an ideal position for delivery, it is up to your doctor to take steps to manage the situation in order to prevent either the mother or the baby from suffering a preventable injury. If your baby suffered a serious injury because your doctor mismanaged asynclitism, the New York asynclitism lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are here to help. We have the experience, resources, and knowledge to review your medical records, determine what went wrong, and protect our legal rights.

Risks associated with asynclitic delivery

While in some cases when a baby is in an asynclitic, during labor and delivery the asynclitism spontaneously corrects, there are many other cases in which it does not. In these cases it is up to the doctor to manage the situations in manner that avoids injury to the baby. There are several risks that are associated with asynclitism, including problems associated with prolonged delivery.

  • Forceps. In order to help move the baby through the birth canal, the doctor may opt to use forceps. Forceps can be risky as the baby can suffer a number of injuries including lacerations, skull fracture, eye injury, or brain damage.
  • Oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation is a common problem with prolonged deliveries. This may result in the baby suffering brain damage.
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Cerebral palsy

Oftentimes if the delivery is prolonged and a c-section is still an option, the doctor will chose to deliver via c-section, putting the mother and baby at risks for complications related to an emergency c-section.

Recovering damages for complications related to an asynclitic delivery

If your baby suffered a serious injury such as brain damage due to the mismanagement of asynclitism, contact an experienced New York asynclitism attorney to discuss your legal options. While a asynclitic presentation is challenging, it is expected that an obstetrician has the training and skill to manage asynclitism without the baby suffering a traumatic injury. A baby who suffered a serious birth injury will require extensive medical care and will accumulate substantial medical bills. Discussing your case with a skilled asynclitism lawyer in New York is the first step in ensuring that your child will have the resources to receive a lifetime of needed medical care. Through a medical malpractice claim, you can demand on behalf of your injured baby, recompense to cover the costs of both past and future medical bills, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If your baby was born seriously injured, you undoubtedly have a lot questions about what caused the injury, and who you are going to pay for your child’s medical bills. The experienced asynclitism attorneys serving New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help. We have the knowledge, skill and resources to help you determine if your child’s condition is the result of negligence, and to help you identify resources that will help pay for your child’s care. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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