NY Birth Injury
The legal team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has found that most birth injury happens as a child is passing through the mother's birth canal. In most childbirths, some minor injury is common and will usually heal without any further medical attention. However, there are many instances where a serious injury occurs. These injuries can include, but are not limited to, serious brain injury, traumatic skull trauma as well as other different forms of brain damage. Today's medical technologies and professional medical teams can usually prevent these tragic injuries from happening but our skilled NY Birth Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has discovered that medical malpractice is often to blame. These acts of medical malpractice can have long lasting ramifications for the both the child and the family. If your child has been injured during child birth, it is very important to seek guidance from our legal team right away.
The majority of injuries that happen are minor and will heal on their own, but in serious cases, the child may be left with debilitating injuries that can last a lifetime. Injuries such as Cerebral Palsy, Klumpke's Palsy, shoulder dystocia, Horner's Syndrome and Erb's Palsy are the types of injuries that can have negative long term effects.
In cases where the childbirth is made more difficult because of a small birth canal or overly large fetus, the tools and methods used by the medical team can cause serious skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage and subdural hematoma if proper care isn't used. Doctors may use instruments such as vacuum extractors or forceps to help the child during birth, and improper use of these tools can lead to serious brain damage. If your child's birth injury may have been caused by improper use of tools such as these, it's important that you talk to our experienced NY Personal Injury Lawyer from our team to discuss a possible medical malpractice case.
Another type of injury that can arise from a difficult birth is called a brachial plexus injury, which occurs when a baby's arms are pulled too hard in order to help the baby come through the birth canal. This type of nerve damage can heal in a few months without the need for further medical attention, however, in severe cases a brachial plexus injury can lead to a reduction in strength in the arms, one arm being longer than the other, osteoarthritis, atrophied muscles and Glenohumeral Dysplasia.
One of the most widely known injuries seen at birth is called Cerebral Palsy. This is an extremely debilitating birth injury that often arises in difficult labor situations. Cerebral palsy is generally caused when the child's brain is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, which results in permanent brain damage. Like other forms injury, cerebral palsy can result from improper use of medical instruments or can be caused by the overuse of certain childbirth drugs like Pitocin. Common symptoms of cerebral palsy are: impaired mobility, muscle spasms, blindness, learning disabilities, seizures, impaired speech, impaired cognitive function and behavior problems.
If your child has been injured during child birth, contact our dedicated legal team to discuss your legal options. Please call us for a free consultation at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.