New York Spinal Birth Injury
A difficult labor and delivery can lead to a variety of unexpected and traumatic birth injuries to the baby, such as an injury to the spine. Sadly, in far too many cases such injuries are caused by the negligent care of a doctor during labor and delivery. For example, negligent use of forceps can cause injury to the spinal cord. If your baby suffered a spinal injury during delivery and you believe it was caused by the negligent actions of your doctor, it is important that you immediately contact a New York spinal birth injury attorney who will review your medical records and explain to your legal options.Common causes of spinal cord injuries related to childbirth
Preventing a birth injury is one of the main reasons to seek prenatal care. An obstetrician must manage every aspect of the delivery, including the use of medical instruments and prescription of medications. There are many ways a birth injury could be sustained, such as a doctor error, hospital mistake, nursing error, or due to wrong medication. With any birth injury, the damage can be severe, from nerve damage, a brain injury such as an anoxic brain injury, a spinal injury or most tragically, a wrongful death.
A spinal cord injury can occur during a delivery due to many different factors, such as excessive rotation or traction. There is a higher incidence of a breech baby suffering from a traction-related injury. An appropriate level of medical care, prior to and during the delivery, can prevent this type of spinal injury.
As a New York spinal birth injury lawyer will explain, spinal cord injuries and other birth injuries are often associated with difficult or prolonged vaginal deliveries. Difficult deliveries are caused by a number of factors such as large babies, preterm babies, postterm babies, and abnormal positioning of the baby. As a result, of trying to manipulate the baby through the birth canal under challenging circumstances, the doctor may end up causing the baby to suffer a serious injury such as an injury to the spinal cord. Neurological damage as a result of a spinal cord injury typically causes permanent damage, leaving the baby with loss of control over specific parts of body or permanent paralysis. Treating a spinal injury can involve extensive medical care, physical therapy, and regular visits to specialists. The lifetime costs are substantial.Pursuing compensation
As a skilled spinal birth injury attorney in New York will explain, if your baby suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of medical negligence, you have the right to file a claim for medical malpractice against the negligent medical professional. Your child may need special medical care for the rest of his or her life and compensation obtained from a medical malpractice claim will help ensure that your child has the resources for his or her needs.
Damages available from a successful medical malpractice lawsuit can ensure that you child has the ability to pay all medical expenses related treating the spinal injury, including future rehabilitative care. In addition, through a malpractice lawsuit, you can demand payment for your lost wages, should it become necessary for you to stay home to care for your injured child. In addition, you can demand compensation for your child’s loss of future earning, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If your baby suffered a spinal cord injury, and you believe that it was caused by medical negligence, let the experienced spinal birth injury attorneys serving New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates help you hold the negligent doctor financially accountable for your child’s injury. We have years of experience with medical malpractice and personal injury cases, and have the resources to help you obtain an award to compensate for the baby’s physical injury, impairment, disfigurement, pain and suffering, medical expenses and for your lost time from work, mental anguish and pain. 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.