Did Your Child Suffer A Birth Injury In Pennsylvania?
Is your child suffering from cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or another disability? It is never easy learning that your child has a condition that may be with him or her for life. As you deal with these difficult issues, you may want to know whether your child’s condition was caused by pregnancy-, delivery- or birth-related medical malpractice.
At The Swain Law Firm, P.C., we represent children (and their families) whose injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional. With offices in Bensalem and northeast Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia County and all of southeastern Pennsylvania.
Considering Possible Causes Of Your Child’s Symptoms
Delivering a baby is an extremely delicate matter in which doctors receive specific and specialized training. When a doctor delivers a baby, he or she has a responsibility to act carefully and promptly to prevent birth injuries whenever possible. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Sometimes there is an unreasonably long delay in delivering a baby, despite signs of fetal distress.
Such a delay can lead to hypoxia (a lack of adequate oxygen) in the fetus, which can cause brain damage in the form of cerebral palsy or other permanent conditions. If your child has developed cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or another condition due to a delivery or birth injury, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. The most common cause of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia happens when the baby’s shoulder cannot pass through the birth canal properly during delivery.
A physician or nurse-midwife must promptly recognize this condition and take appropriate steps to deliver the baby without injury. The failure to do this can lead to serious and permanent shoulder and arm injuries. There are many types of injuries that can occur during the delivery, predelivery and post-delivery process. Whatever injuries your child has suffered, the question when it comes to medical malpractice is: Did the doctor follow the appropriate professional standards of medical care prior to, during and after the birth?
Contact An Attorney Right Away
If you believe your child may have suffered a birth injury, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. It can take quite a while to fully investigate a birth trauma case, and Pennsylvania medical malpractice laws include strict deadlines for bringing a claim, so you should not delay.
We have the experience and resources to investigate a potential case and, if appropriate, to pursue legal action to obtain monetary compensation for past and future medical bills, long-term disability needs, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us if you believe that your child may have developed cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder injuries or any other condition due to improper medical care before, during or after birth: 215-550-1968.