NYC Birth Injury
Our NYC Birth Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates says that a birth injury is damage that occurs during the birthing process and that in most births, it is common for a child to receive a minor birth injury. These forms of injury usually happen as the child is coming down through the birth canal and generally will heal on their own without additional medical attention.
While most cases of these injuries are relatively minor, there are a number of situations that arise in which a serious injury may occur. While minor injuries include bruising and muscle strains, serious injuries can include brain damage, broken bones, skull fracture, spinal injury, head trauma, internal bleeding and brain damage. Advances in medical technology and attentive medical staffs can help to minimize the chances of a child being seriously harmed; however, there are times when negligence or medical malpractice leads to serious damage.
These injuries are likely to happen in cases where the fetus is either immense or the birth canal is atypically small. These situations mean that the child will have a difficult time coming through during childbirth. In either of these scenarios, the doctor may employ instruments such as vacuum extractors or forceps in order to ease the process. Unsuitable use of these medical devices, however, can cause a physical injury such as skull fracture, head trauma, broken bones, subdural hematoma and brain damage.
Additionally, when a newborn has difficulty traveling through the birth canal, the doctor may resort to pulling on the arms. If done too hard or improperly, this can lead to an injury known as brachial plexus nerve damage. Brachial plexus injury normally heals within a few months; however, when it's severe, the child may endure a decrease in strength in the affected arm, osteoarthritis, muscle atrophy, limited mobility, and joint problems.
If you believe your child's birth harm may have been caused by negligence, medical malpractice or improper use of medical tools, then contact our legal team to review your legal rights.
As previously mentioned, most types of these injuries are minor and do not require or need additional medical treatment. Serious and devastating types of injuries do happen. Some of these are cerebral palsy, Klumpke's Palsy, shoulder dystocia, Horner's Syndrome and Erb's Palsy. In many instances, these forms of injury will have no cure and will impact the child as well as their family for the rest of their lives.
One of the most devastating forms of injury to a child is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a form of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth. A deficiency of oxygen can result from a number of factors including the use of birthing medications such as Pitocin, or it can happen from unsuitable use of medical devices such as forceps and vacuum extractors. Cerebral palsy can't be cured and the complications resulting from this malady are numerous. A child may experience muscle spasms, learning disability, plasticity, speech impairment, blindness, reduced motor function and behavioral impairment. A victim of cerebral palsy will often need medical treatment for the remainder of their lives.
If you or someone you know has a child that has been harmed during child birth, contact our firm to discuss your legal options. Please call us 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 Westchester County office or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.