In the United States, nearly seven births for every 1,000 result in injury. These injuries frequently leave the child with a lifelong disability. Devastating results such as cerebral palsy, nerve damage, brain damage, stunted growth, or death can occur.
Many of these birth injuries are often caused by preventable medical malpractice, such as negligence on the part of the doctor or health care provider.
Some of the most common birth injuries include:
|Cerebral Palsy:||Brain damage caused at the time of birth by a restricted flow of oxygen to the brain during or after delivery. Cerebral Palsy is permanent. Speech, learning abilities and motor-skills are usually negatively affected.|
|Erb’s Palsy:||A paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the arm’s nerves surrounding the shoulder, usually resulting in surgery.|
|Uterine Rupture:||A tear in the wall of the uterus, most often at the site of a previous C-section incision. Results can often be life threatening.|
|Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy:||Brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation. HIE can be fatal. Brain cells can begin dying after four minutes without oxygen.|
In many cases, filing a lawsuit is the only justifiable recourse. The birth injury attorneys at The Trapani Law Firm handle cases throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania, with offices located in Allentown, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, Scranton, and Pittsburgh. Cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you will not pay unless you are financially compensated.
If you or your baby has suffered a birth injury or birth defect due to hospital negligence, contact a birth injury lawyer at The Trapani Law Firm for a free consultation by calling (610) 351 – 2330 or contact us.
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