Posts Tagged ‘Birth Injuries’

How You Can Help Prevent Your Child’s Birth Injury

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

As an expectant parent, you would do anything to protect your unborn child.  That includes eating right, abstaining from alcohol, and taking care of yourself during pregnancy.  It is also means taking the steps necessary to prevent your child from being injured during birth due to medical malpractice.

In order to prevent medical negligence from harming your baby, you should:

  • Know About How Big Your Baby is Before You go Into Labor. Ultrasounds performed in the last weeks of pregnancy can give you and your health care providers valuable information about the estimated size of your child.  Big babies who are born vaginally have a greater risk of shoulder dystocia which can increase their risks of cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy and other birth injuries.
  • Know Your Baby’s Position When You go Into Labor. Babies who are in the breach position have a greater risk of getting stuck in the birth canal and being denied oxygen which can lead to neurological disabilities and lifelong difficulties.
  • Insist on Being Carefully Monitored During Labor. Careful monitoring of contractions and fetal heart rates during labor can indicate when a baby is in distress and needs immediate assistance to avoid a birth injury.
  • Have Your Partner or an Advocate with You During Labor and Delivery.  You may be in too much pain or under too much stress or medication to effectively advocate for what you believe is best for you and your baby.  Make sure that you have a trusted advocate with you at all times to protect your child.

Unfortunately, even if you follow the steps described above, you cannot always prevent medical negligence from harming your baby.  If your doctor failed to exercise a reasonable degree of care during your pregnancy, labor or delivery and your child suffered a birth defect as a result then you may be entitled to damages.  Contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information about your potential case.

Who Will Answer Questions About My Child’s Birth Injury?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

If your child has suffered a birth injury then you likely have a lot of questions.

Most importantly, you want to know why your child suffered an injury during birth and what can be done about it.  In order to get the answers to those very important questions you need the advice of Pennsylvania pediatricians, specialists, and lawyers.

How a Pennsylvania Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help You

While doctors can help you secure your child’s medical future, lawyers can help secure your child’s financial future.  A Pennsylvania birth injury lawyer can conduct a full investigation in order to determine how your child was injured.  If your child suffered from lack of oxygen — hypoxia or anoxia at birth — or any other type of birth injury because a doctor, nurse, midwife, or hospital failed to exercise reasonable care then your lawyer will help you hold the responsible party accountable and recover the financial damages to which you are entitled for your child’s medical care, pain and suffering and other damages.

Contact our Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers today if your child was hurt during birth.  He will answer all of your legal questions regarding your child’s injury and determine if you may be entitled to a medical malpractice recovery.