January 30, 2020
The Weitz Firm, LLC

Birth injuries can lead to long-lasting or permanent damage for an affected child. Birth injuries are mostly preventable, but there are times when they occur due to the careless or negligent actions of a healthcare provider. At the Weitz Firm, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys are ready to help you if your child sustained a birth injury. Let us help you secure the compensation you and your child are entitled to.

Birth injuries can be a result of a medical professional’s negligence

Determining whether a doctor or hospital caused and birth injury, it will need to be determined whether a doctor acted in a way that fell below the acceptable standard of care. In general, an obstetrician will be responsible for the delivery process. An obstetrician is considered a specialist, so they will be held to the same standard of care that other similarly trained obstetricians would exercise in a similar situation. If it is determined that other doctors or obstetricians would have likely been able to prevent the injury from occurring, you may have a claim of medical malpractice.

Proving these cases is not easy. While obstetricians will most certainly have medical malpractice insurance to protect themselves in these cases, that does not mean that they will readily accept blame for a mistake. Most doctors want to protect their reputation. The agencies they work for will worry about the expense involved in settling these cases. It will be up to your skilled Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney to:

  • obtain all evidence necessary to prove malpractice, including medical records, obstetrician safety records, eyewitness accounts from other medical professionals involved, and more.
  • ensure that your child and your child’s medical records are evaluated by a trusted healthcare professional who can provide expert witness testimony.
  • maintain negotiations with all parties involved in order to arrive at a settlement that is fair or be prepared to take the case to trial.

Some of the most common birth injuries that can occur include the following:

  • Brain Damage
  • Hypoxia or Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Klumpke’s Palsy
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Paralysis or Damage to the Spinal Cord
  • Infant Torticollis (trauma to the neck muscles).
  • Ptosis (droopy eyelids).
  • Broken Bones, including fractures of the clavicle (collarbone), and femur

You may be entitled to compensation for what has happened

If your child has sustained a birth injury that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional, you need to seek legal assistance today. At the Weitz Firm, our team is ready to investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you are entitled to, including:

  • Coverage of all medical expenses related to the mistake
  • The cost of future expected medical bills
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the responsible parties

When you need a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney after a birth injury, please contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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