Birth Injuries & Trauma
If you have given birth to a child who was injured during the birthing process, our attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you to understand your options moving forward. Birth injuries are commonly the result of physician negligence – we will help you to prove that negligence and recover your maximum settlement amount.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries and Trauma
There are numerous types of birth injuries from which a child may suffer. These include injuries to the brachial plexus, the collection of nerves in the shoulder, resulting in partial paralysis and weakness of the hand or arm; scalp and facial injuries; spinal injuries; and brain injuries as a result of oxygen deprivation. While some of these injuries – like a brachial plexus injury – will likely heal completely with time, other injuries – like cerebral palsy – are permanent and cannot be corrected.
Tragically, most birth injuries and trauma are preventable, and occur because a physician neglects the duty of care owed to a new mother and her child. A birth injury may occur because a physician:
- Improperly uses forceps or a vacuum extractor to remove a child from the birthing canal;
- Fails to monitor a mother and baby’s vital signs before birth;
- Performs an unnecessary cesarean section; or
- Fails to take action to perform an emergency cesarean section.
The above list is not complete; any time that a doctor acts in a manner that is inconsistent with the medical standard of care, a baby is at risk of suffering an injury.
Your Rights Following a Birth Injury & Trauma
If you believe that your baby’s birth injury would not have occurred but for medical malpractice, our attorneys can help you to prove it and recover the damages you deserve. Compensation that may be available for your family includes: compensation for any medical expenses and future medical expenses for your child; a child’s loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disability, or permanent scarring and disfigurement; a child’s potential loss of wages if the trauma will impair them permanently; and compensation for pain and suffering.
We Can Help
To schedule a free consultation with our experienced medical malpractice attorneys, please contact us online or by phone today. We will review your case and provide you with key information that you need to know about filing a malpractice suit and bringing justice to your family.