When a mother or child is injured during prenatal care, childbirth, or postpartum care, many families immediately think of cerebral palsy as the common injury. Although doctor and staff negligence is a well-known cause of that particular disorder, there are many other types of birth-related medical malpractice that can lead to injury. Accordingly, if you or someone you love has suffered a pregnancy or childbirth-related injury and believe the injury was someone else’s fault, do not hesitate to contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney immediately. Doing so can ensure that you and your family receive adequate compensation for physician or staff malpractice.
How Does Birth-Related Medical Malpractice Occur?
Simply stated, birth defects and other pregnancy and birth-related injuries occur to mothers and children when a doctor, nurse, technician, or other medical professional fails to abide by the standard of care widely accepted in the medical community of which they are a part. This means that the medical professional fails to use a reasonable standard of care when diagnosing, examining, delivering or otherwise practicing medicine related to pregnancy, childbirth, or the care of the mother.
What Types of Injuries Can Result from Birth-Related Malpractice?
Injuries to the mother, both internal and external, can occur by virtue of the medical staff failing to use properly sterilized equipment during examination or delivery. Such injuries can take a variety of forms, but most commonly include lacerations and blood loss or allergic reactions to improper drugs. Further, physicians can be liable for wrongful birth – when the parents would have terminated the pregnancy had they been properly informed about a known disease or birth defect that was likely to occur. Also, physicians can injure the parents by failing to take reasonable steps to terminate a pregnancy that was unwanted, thereby leaving the mother and baby potentially injured.
Injuries to an infant can occur when a doctor negligently manages the blood flow from mother to child, or fails to monitor the oxygen intake throughout the pregnancy and during delivery. These types of mistakes can lead to fractures in a baby’s skull or bleeding in the baby’s brain. Indeed, the lack of oxygen can lead to the debilitating condition known as cerebral palsy. All in all there are a wide variety of injuries that can result from physician malpractice.
Why Should I Contact a New York Birth Defect Attorney?
Birth defects and pregnancy-related injuries have many potential causes. Accordingly, cases of this nature are complex and have extremely wide variables in their analysis. Further, doctors and hospitals are represented by large teams of attorneys (as well as insurance company attorneys) who are adept at deflecting responsibility away from those who caused the injuries to occur. An experienced attorney will properly gather the facts and document the details of the case every step of the way. Perhaps most importantly, once it is determined that injuries have occurred during pregnancy or childbirth, the clock begins to run on statutes of limitations that can impact the ability to file a lawsuit to recover damages from those responsible. For all of the foregoing reasons it is imperative that you contact a skilled attorney today.
Contact Brooklyn Birth Defect Attorneys Peters, Berger, Koshel & Goldberg, P.C.
Physician malpractice is serious misconduct that causes a lifetime of pain and loss to the affected parents, child and their family. If you and your baby have suffered due to negligent behavior of another, it is important that you contact an experienced Brooklyn birth defect attorney right away. The attorneys at Peters, Berger, Koshel, & Goldberg, P.C., provide skilled, effective representation to clients who suffer from pregnancy and birth related injuries. Contact Peters, Berger, Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. today at (718) 596-7800 or 1-800-836-7801.