Injuries at Birth – Litigating Medical Malpractice Cases in Philadelphia

Birth injuries are a major concern for parents and medical professionals alike. Often these injuries are so significant that the injured child will need a lifetime of care and treatment. Consequently, when injuries at birth do occur, parents often consider bringing a lawsuits to seek compensation.  Every year, dozens of lawsuits are filed in Philadelphia on behalf of children injured at birth.  

The Most Severe Injuries at Birth

There are a variety of injuries that can occur during childbirth, some of which can be mild and easily treated. However, there are a few injuries that can be more severe and may require long-term medical attention or permanent disability. Three of the most severe injuries that occur at birth are:

  1. Cerebral Palsy
  2. Erb’s Palsy
  3. Shoulder Dystocia.

All of these injuries can cause long-term disability and require extensive medical treatment. It is important for parents and medical professionals to be aware of the risks associated with childbirth, and to be prepared to act quickly and appropriately if any of these injuries occur.

This article will discuss each type of injury and how, in some cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought to seek compensation.  

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is one of the most severe birth injuries that can occur. It is a group of disorders that affect movement, posture, and coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain that occurs before, during, or after birth. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include difficulty with walking, speaking, and eating. Treatment for cerebral palsy can vary depending on the severity of the disorder, but can include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as medications and surgery.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is a type of nerve injury that can occur during childbirth. It is caused by damage to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves that control the movement of the arms, hands, and fingers. Symptoms can range from mild weakness to complete paralysis of the affected arm. Treatment for Erb’s palsy can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and surgery.

Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is a serious complication that can occur during childbirth. It occurs when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck in the mother’s pelvis during delivery. If not managed promptly, it can lead to serious injury to the baby and the mother. Treatment for shoulder dystocia can include manual manipulation of the baby’s shoulder and body, or an emergency cesarean section.

Philadelphia Lawsuits for Injuries at Birth

When an injury occurs at birth, families may be able to bring a lawsuit in Philadelphia to seek compensation for the injury and its effects. The process for bringing a lawsuit begins by filing a complaint with the court. During this process, the family will need to provide evidence of the injury, such as medical records, testimony from medical professionals, and any other evidence that supports their claim.

After the complaint is filed, the court or a jury will consider the merits of the case and determine whether the family has a claim. If the court or jury finds that the family has a valid claim, the family may be able to receive compensation for the injury and its effects. This may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other damages that the family has suffered. Additionally, the family may also be able to receive punitive damages, which are intended to punish the medical professional or facility that caused the birth injury.

Bringing a lawsuit in Philadelphia can be a complex and time-consuming process. It is important to have an experienced attorney who understands the laws and regulations surrounding birth injury lawsuits. An experienced lawyer can help the family to understand their legal rights and ensure that the family receives the compensation that they deserve. When a birth injury occurs, families may be able to bring a lawsuit in Philadelphia to seek compensation for the injury and its effects. Knowing the three most common causes of birth injuries and the process for bringing a lawsuit in Philadelphia can help families to make informed decisions about their legal options and ensure that they receive the compensation that they deserve.

James Goslee is an experienced medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability trial lawyer in Philadelphia.  James Goslee can be reached at CPR LAW or at LinkedIn

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