Around four million babies are born in the United States of America each
and every year. The State of New York will account for around a quarter
of a million of these births, half of which is attributable to New York City.
Even though Ulster County sees a lower number of births as compared to
New York City, experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorneys know that the rates of birth injuries due to medical malpractice may not
be much different.
You see, it matters little where in the state the expectant mother resides.
Medical malpractice occurs everywhere.
Birth injuries are especially traumatic. This is because parents want nothing
but the best for their child – health and happiness. The birth of
a child is also one of the most exciting and cherished part of a parent’s
life. And of course, no one likes to see such innocent and vulnerable
people injured – especially so when the injury should not have occurred.
Unfortunately, many babies experience a
birth injury that should not have happened. In fact, many birth injuries are entirely
Birth injuries can be almost anything. But typically we see broken bones,
nerve damage, cranial injury, oxygen deficiency, coma, seizures, brain
bleeding, eye hemorrhaging, spinal injuries, paralysis, and motor impairment.
We also see
These injuries can happen because of a negligent act during birthing –
such as a failure to recognize the child’s low oxygen levels or
the improper use of forceps. Or they can be traced back to negligent pre
natal care, such as failures to recognize fetal distress, the need for
C-sections, and or a failure to recognize gestational diabetes.
Two of the most troubling consequences of
birthing medical malpractice are Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy. Both of these conditions are directly
attributable to birthing medical malpractice.
Cerebral Palsy is caused by a brain injury. Specifically, lack of oxygen
to the child’s brain can lead to impaired muscle movement and motor
coordination. Medical professionals in the birthing room should be looking
out for signs of fetal distress, such as high blood pressure, lack of
oxygen, and other problems that may relate to umbilical cord trouble.
Erbs palsy is caused by injury to the baby’s spinal nerves in what
is called the brachial plexus. This injury typically happens when the
child is hurt around the shoulders and head by the doctor pulling too
hard, using forceps, and even when the child is just too large for vaginal
delivery. The result is that the child will have impaired use of his/her
upper limbs from shoulder down to the fingers.
In either case, the child will need specialized care for what could be
a life time.
Learn about medical malpractice and the many times of negligent acts which
constitute medical malpractice in
our latest blog post available here. Learn about surgical errors
in our blog post available by clicking here. Failure to diagnose cases are deadly because diseases are allowed to
fester and get worse, but learn why else failure to diagnose cases are deadly
in our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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