NEW YORK BIRTH INJURY ATTORNEYS
The New York Birth Injury Attorneys represent plaintiffs with birth injury cases in New York City (NYC), Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and surrounding areas.
The New York birth injury attorney at Kleinick Law will first
determine if the trauma is natural or a result of medical negligence and will bring claims for birth injuries associated
with medical error or hospital negligence.
Occasionally during the birth process a baby may
suffer a physical injury or deformity that is simply the result
of being born. It is estimated that between two and seven babies
out of 1,000 will become injured during the birth process. This
is sometimes called birth trauma or birth injury.
CAUSES OF BIRTH INJURIES / TRAUMA
A difficult birth or injury to the baby can occur
because of the baby's size or the position during labor and delivery.
Conditions that may be associated with a difficult birth include
- Large babies - babies weighing over 8lb 13oz.
- Premature birth - babies born before 37 weeks have more fragile
bodies and may be more easily injured.
- Cephalopelvic Disproportion - the size and shape of the mothers
pelvis is not adequate for the fetus to be born vaginally.
- Dystocia - difficult labor or child birth prolonged labor.
- Abnormal Birthing Presentation - breech deliveries (buttocks
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COMMON BIRTH INJURIES
Some babies may show signs of bruising on the face
and head as the result of trauma passing through the birth canal
and coming in contact with the mother's pelvic bone and tissue.
Forceps used in delivery can leave temporary marks or bruises on
the baby's face and head. Babies delivered by vacuum extraction
may also have some scalp bruising or lacerations.
Fractures of the collarbone is the most common
fraction during labor and delivery. The clavicle or collar bone
may break when there is difficulty delivering the baby's shoulder
or during a breech delivery. A baby with a broken or fractured collarbone
rarely moves his or her arm on the side of the break. There may
also be bruising over the broken bone. Simply immobilizing the arm
and shoulder is the most recommended treatment and healing begins
Caput is a severe swelling of the soft tissue
of a baby's scalp that develops as the baby travels through the
birth canal. The swelling usually disappears in a few days without
problems. The most common reason for this is vacuum extraction.
Erbs Palsy/Brachial Palsy
Erbs Palsy/Brachial Palsy occurs when the bronchial
plexus (which is a group of nerves that supply the arms and hands)
is injured. It is most common when there is difficulty delivering
the baby's shoulder. The baby loses the ability to flex and rotate
his or her arm. This injury causes bruising and swelling around
the nerves, but movement should return within a few months. Tearing
of the nerve may result in permanent nerve damage. The most common
treatment is immobilization of the arm with a brace or splint. Special
physical therapy exercises are also used to help return the range
of motion to the arm.
Failure of a doctor to diagnose fetal distress
resulting in birth asphyxia and brain damage often diagnosed as
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This is injury is the breaking of small blood vessels
in the baby's eyes. One or both of the eyes may have a bright red
band around the iris. This is very common but does not cause damage
to the eyes. The redness is usually absorbed in approximately a
week to ten days.
During labor or birth, pressure on a baby's face
may cause the facial nerves to be injured. This also occurs with
the use of forceps during delivery. This injury is often seen when
the baby cries. There is no movement on the side of the face where
the injury has occurred and the eye can not be closed. If the nerve
was only bruised the paralysis usually improves in a few weeks.
If the nerve was torn though surgery may be needed.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
To protect your legal rights following a birth
injury, it is wise to consult an attorney who is experienced, knowledgeable,
and specializes in handling brain injury cases.
The New York Birth Injury Lawyers at Kleinick Law utilize many years of experience handling birth
defect cases to investigate every possible factor that could cause
a birth defect and to ensure that you and your child will receive
full compensation for your child's injuries.
If your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, contact our New York Birth Injury Lawyers
at Kleinick Law and fill out a free case evaluation form today! Your initial consultation is FREE! "If we don't win, you don't pay!"