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Birth Injuries

New York, New Jersey and Nationwide

Every parent hopes that his or her child will begin life with the most possible potential and in good health. However, even births which should go smoothly can become complex and dangerous situations when medical malpractice and negligence become involved. During birth, babies and mothers may both sustain injuries from doctors who act negligently or recklessly, and may sustain injury or illness from medication given at the time.

Carelessness Contributing to Birth Injury

Carelessness and negligence in the birthing room can lead to several different types of birth injuries. Erb’s palsy is a condition created through dystocia or a difficult birth or labor when the shoulder is caught behind the mother’s pelvic bone, which can permanently damage the muscles and tendons and cripple the arm and hand.

Many parents are unaware that their child’s “birth defect” is truly the result of an injury sustained from medical negligence or carelessness. Cerebral palsy is one condition which may be caused by a number of errors or incidents during birth.

Birth injuries may also occur when the wrong medication or an excessively high dosage is administered to the mother. Birth inducers can have negative impact on infants when given at the wrong time or in the wrong dosage, and other types of defects may be caused when certain prescription drugs are administered to the mother during pregnancy. Although these are not strictly considered birth injuries, they are caused by medical malpractice and should be pursued as a birth injury would be dealt with.

Types of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries include:

  • Erb’s palsy (brachial palsy)
  • Facial paralysis caused by forceps
  • Bone fractures
  • Brain injury from oxygen deprivation

While these may sometimes be referred to as “common birth injuries,” the truth is that no child should sustain an unnatural injury during birth. The use of forceps and vacuum suction during childbirth are some of the greatest contributors to birth injuries, but ultimately the individuals handling the birth are responsible for the health and safety of both mother and child.

Almost every birth injury is a preventable injury. At Morelli Ratner PC we defend the rights of parents and children who have suffered from these preventable injuries. With experience bringing successful litigation against some of the largest medical facilities in New York, our attorneys are able to support you in your case no matter how large or small the practice responsible for your child’s birth injury is.

Please contact the experienced birth injury attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today, and let us help you begin moving toward financial and emotional recovery. We welcome clients from New York City, Long Island, Staten Island, New York state, and New Jersey.

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