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Birth Injuries may be Caused by Medical Malpractice

The birth of your child should be a joyous and momentous occasion. However, this experience can become traumatic and overwhelming if your child suffers a preventable birth injury or birth defect due to medical malpractice. If your child has been effected by a birth injury due to medical malpractice, please do not hesitate to call (215) 666-7777 to speak with Brent Wieand, an experienced Philadelphia birth injury attorney.
Birth injuries may occur when a physician fails to properly evaluate and respond to conditions during labor or at the time of birth.  For example, an OB/GYN physician may fail to perform a medically necessary cesarean section or use equipment during the birthing process that causes direct injury to the child.  In other cases, birth injuries may occur due to care decisions made during pregnancy, including the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Some types of birth injuries which may be caused by medical malpractice include:

  • Birth Asphyxia
  • Epidural Birth Injuries
  • Forcep Injury / Fetal Lacerations
  • Horner’s Syndrome
  • Brain Ischemia
  • Broken Bones / Infant Trauma
  • Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Skull Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Erbs Palsy / Cerebral Palsy / Bell’s Palsy
  • Neonatal Stroke
  • Vacuum Extraction Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Philadelphia Birth Injury Attorney

There are a variety of circumstances that can result in a birth injury or defect. However, not every birth injury is caused by neglectful medical care. Only an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine whether your child’s birth injury was preventable. If you suspect that your child’s birth defect or birth injury was caused by medical malpractice, attorney Brent Wieand can help.

The Wieand Law Firm is dedicated to representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to medical negligence. We know how to find evidence of neglectful medical care that your doctors want to hide. Upon representation, the Wieand Law Firm will carefully review your claim and work with top medical experts to prove your case in court. Our goal is to keep you fully informed throughout the legal process while securing needed support for your child.
A birth injury lawsuit is often extremely complex and may require expensive and prolonged litigation. It is important to use an experienced trial attorney with the resources, know-how and tireless dedication needed to handle complicated malpractice litigation.  For a free legal consultation, call Philadelphia’s birth injury lawyer Brent Wieand at (215) 666-7777.

Preventable Birth Injuries and Birth Defects

Birth injuries that occur during labor and delivery are, in many cases, totally avoidable. Some common reasons a preventable birth injury may occur, include:

  • Improper pulling and/or twisting upon an infant during delivery;
  • Medication errors during the mother’s pregnancy and during labor
  • Failure of a nurse or treating physician to monitor the infant properly for distress,
  • Failure to schedule and perform a needed emergency cesarean surgery (C-section)
  • Improper handling and use of medical instruments used to assist with the birth.  This may include forceps or a vacuum extraction tool.

Sometimes mistakes occur because the physician is inadequately trained to handle difficult deliveries.  In other instances, the physician may be impaired due to exhaustion, inattention or simply may be having an off day. Unfortunately, a physician’s medical errors can cause permanent and severe impairments to the baby.

Philadelphia Birth Injury LawyersCerebral Palsy

Contrary to what many people believe, cerebral palsy is not a disease – it is brain damage that is often caused during pregnancy or birth. It can also be caused in young children after a head injury. Cerebral palsy can be caused by the deprivation of oxygen during labor, if a baby is dropped or forcefully extracted from the womb, was injured by a medical instrument or vacuum extraction, or as a result of delayed birth (which is common in instances of multiple births). These types of injuries can contribute or cause brain damage which develops into cerebral palsy

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus or brachial palsy and is a condition caused by nerve damage around the shoulder. It is frequently caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth. Erb’s palsy is a paralysis of the arm that will sometimes resolve on its own over time. This type of injury generally occurs during a difficult childbirth often because of fetal macrosomia. Erbs Palsy may require corrective surgery.

Fetal Distress

During labor and delivery, medical professionals usually monitor the baby through an electronic fetal heart monitor (EFM) attached to the mother. The EFM can alert the physician to possible fetal distress. Fetal distress can occur when the baby is not receiving enough oxygen during labor. If left unaddressed, fetal distress can lead to the baby sustaining a brain injury.

Postpartum Negligence

A difficult labor and delivery can result in the mother sustaining an injury. These injuries must be properly diagnosed and treated to prevent serious harm. Physicians monitoring mothers post-birth should take proactive steps to diagnose and treat blood clots, excessive bleeding, or infections. Failure to detect and treat these serious health problems can lead to serious complications or death.

The newborn baby is also at risk for injuries following birth. Medical professionals who fail to detect signs of infections, respiratory issues, heart problems or other serious conditions may be liable for neglect if the child suffers serious injuries or death as a result of their error. If you had a newborn that appeared healthy at birth but later developed post-delivery complications, contact the birth injury lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm to discuss whether these injuries may have been the result of health care provider negligence.

Birth Injuries Suffered by Mothers

Birthing mothers can suffer serious injuries before, during, or after delivery. Some injuries that we commonly see at our law firm include:

  • Birth injuries or sepsis
  • Complications resulting from delayed C-sections
  • Preeclampsia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Muscle and soft tissue tears
  • Prolapsed bladder

An Adverse Event During Childbirth May Cause Permanent Injuries

The term “adverse event” describes a harm that occurred to a patient as a result of medical care.  If you received notice that an adverse event occurred during delivery, there is reason to believe that malpractice may have occurred.  Often, medical providers will assure their patients that the adverse event was not due to the quality of care provided.  You do not need trust this representation and have the right to investigate for yourself.  If you are suspect that your child was injured or harmed during birth you should consult with an experienced attorney immediately.
We’re here to help.  For a free and friendly no obligation consultation the Wieand Law Firm and speak with a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer at (215) 666-7777. The consultation is always free and confidential.

Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers

The attorneys at the Wieand Law Firm work to represent victims of serious and catastrophic injuries. In our eyes, nothing is more catastrophic that a birth injury to an innocent child. Our lawyers work fervently to secure compensation for you to help ensure that you and your child have the resources needed for their medical bills and treatments. Many children with birth injuries require ongoing medical treatment during childhood, and sometimes for the rest of their lives. These treatments may include future surgeries, medications, physical therapy and more.

Our lawyers work with families across Pennsylvania and Jew Jersey. We can helpful families that live in areas such as:

  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Allentown
  • Altoona
  • Bloomsburg
  • Chester
  • Coatesville
  • Erie
  • Gettysburg
  • Harrisburg
  • Lancaster
  • Scranton
  • York

Some clients worry that hiring a lawyer from Philadelphia will mean long drives to the city for paperwork, meetings, and depositions. Don’t worry – we can do meetings via virtual platforms, such as Zoom, and if you are uncomfortable with technology, we can come to you!

What is the Time Limit for Filing a Birth Injury Lawsuit?

Pennsylvania has a 2-year statute of limitations for parents to file a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit from the date of negligent care, and 2 years to file an infant wrongful death lawsuit. However, a minor child who was injured at birth has until their 20th birthday to file a claim.

Birth injuries can take months or years to fully manifest. Therefore, reach out to a seasoned medical malpractice attorney to help you understand if you are able to file a claim. It takes time to procure medical records and consult with medical experts to properly investigate these complicated claims. Therefore, it’s recommended to reach out as soon as possible to preserve your rights.

Can I Afford a Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer?

Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys at the Wieand Law Firm do not charge any out-of-pocket or upfront fees. Therefore, you can feel confident to pick an experienced birth injury lawyer to represent you in filing your claim. The lawyers at our only charge a small portion of the overall winnings to cover legal fees and expenses.

 

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