A birth injury, also known as birth trauma, is defined as an injury to the infant before, during, or shortly after the birthing process. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most serious birth injury and can be caused by a lack of oxygen at birth.
Birth injuries can arise from the following complications:
- Rupture of uterus
- Placental abruption
- Kernicterus (severe jaundice in the infant after birth)
- Premature delivery
- Failure to detect fetal distress
- Waiting too long to perform a cesarean section
- Giving too much pitocin
- Misreading fetal heart strips
Complications during birth can cause the following birth injuries:
Between 8,000-10,000 babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year. 20% of these babies were injured during their birth. If your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury or if you believe your child has suffered a birth injury you may need a lawyer well versed in birth injury law. Please call today.
Birth Injury Statistics
When complications arise during your baby's birth a competent doctor or midwife will properly manage the situation, leading mother and child safely through the birthing process. However, there are times when the proper interventions are not utilized, leaving your baby at serious risk for a birth injury. Birth injuries occur in one of every 142 births in the United States.
Rates of Medical Malpractice
Amazingly, 1% of US doctors account for 55% of all medical malpractice suits. This means that if this 1% were not practicing malpractice rates would be cut in half. You have the right to know if your doctor is in this 1%.
Helping Every Step of the Way
My goal is not to settle your case, but to provide you with the tools you need to help your child flourish. Knowledge is power and it is my intention to help you and your family understand your child's injury, no matter how minor or profound. Once a proper diagnosis is reached I will work with your family to ensure that your child:
- receives optimum medical care
- is treated by appropriate specialists
- receives all the benefits they are entitled to
Advocating for Your Child's Rights
As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy I understand the long term care your child will need. My family and I have jumped through every hoop imaginable in an attempt to get the best care possible. I am an advocate not just for him but for every child who has suffered a birth injury. If you have any questions or concerns about your child please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me. Together, we can work to meet the long term medical and financial needs of your child.
While I accept cases from across the country our offices are located in Kingston and Albany, New York. I also service the following counties and cities: Hudson, Catskill, Poughkeepsie, Saugerties, Newburgh, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs as well as Ulster County, Albany County, Columbia County, Dutchess County, and Greene County. John is licensed in New York, Connecticut and Illinois and co-counsel with attorneys in other states to help clients nationwide.