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Birth Injuries

Medical errors are always distressing, but when the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional results in a birth injury with lifelong consequences for the newborn, the mistake is tragic. After the initial trauma, the parents and other family members typically have to care for a baby with special needs, which is not only physically exhausting and emotionally painful, but typically entails exorbitant expenses. In some excruciating cases, the birth injury may have resulted in a wrongful death in which case the experience is all the more horrible. At Prime Law Firm, a distinguished personal injury law practice located in New York City, we have the knowledge, skill, and experience to ensure that you and your family are compensated, insofar as it's possible, for the misery you and your child have suffered.

What Makes Prime Law Firm Exceptional

At Prime Law Firm we have attorneys who specialize in various aspects of personal injury, including some who focus intently on medical malpractice. When you come to us with a birth injury case, we will assign you an attorney who knows all the particulars of medical malpractice, who is well-connected with experts in the field, and who is deeply compassionate about what you are going through. All of our lawyers are talented negotiators and vigorous litigators. We will listen carefully to all you have to say, evaluate your birth injury claim and obtain the highest possible damages for you and your family. You will not have to pay us anything unless we win your case.

Kinds of Birth Injuries

While there are a number of birth injuries that, though frightening and unsightly, will likely clear up on their own, such as a subconjunctival hemorrhage (the bursting of a blood vessel in the eye) or temporary partial facial paralysis. Much more serious are birth injuries that result in permanent damage that can disable the infant for a lifetime. These include:

  • Asphyxia – Delays in the delivery process can keep the infant oxygen-deprived (suffering from hypoxia) for long enough to cause severe brain damage, leading to a wide range of physical and/or mental disabilities. Encephalopathy is one type of asphyxia.
  • Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) – is caused by doctors failing to properly deliver infants whose shoulders get wedged behind the mother's pelvic bone. These injuries can result in torn nerves that may permanently impair function in one or both arms. A common type of BPI is Erb's palsy in which the upper arm's primary nerves are severed.Cerebral Palsy — is caused by brain damage from physical injuries to the skull, lack of oxygen, or other complications during birth, resulting in issues related to motor, and often cognitive, development.
  • Spinal Cord Damage – Reckless medical care during delivery, particularly when the infant is oddly positioned during birth, may result in spinal cord injuries which cause severe physical disabilities, such as paralysis.

Unfortunately, the effects of a great many medical malpractice birth injuries will permanently affect not only the newborn but the entire family constellation. This is why, while medical matters come first, it is essential to contact Prime Law Firm promptly in order to obtain a just financial settlement to keep you and your loved stable and secure.

Types of Medical Malpractice that Cause Birth Injuries

In order to prove medical malpractice, we must prove that the medical professional in question, due to inattention, alcohol or drug impairment, sleep deprivation, incompetence or sheer negligence caused the infant's injury by his or her error in judgment or action. The doctor may have:

  • Delayed delivery
  • Failed to recognize the signs of complications during labor
  • Improperly used forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Failed to perform a Cesarean section in time
  • Failed to provide necessary emergency treatment to an infant in distress

It can be difficult to know as a lay person, which medical actions may be dangerous.That's why you need our well-informed birth injury attorneys to look into your case, investigating medical records, interviewing witnesses, and speaking with experts in obstetrics and other medical disciplines.

Your Family Deserves Full Compensation: Prime Law Firm Will Make Sure You Get It

If your new baby has suffered a birth injury because of a medical mistake, you are entitled to both economic and noneconomic compensation. Economic damages include:

  • Medical and rehabilitative expenses
  • Hospital care
  • In-home or nursing facility care
  • Physical, psychiatric or occupational therapy
  • Medication or healthcare devices
  • Alterations to make you home handicapped-accessible
  • Lost wages (while providing care for your injured child)

Noneconomic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of ability to enjoy life
  • Scarring or disfigurement

Caps and Limitations on Birth Injury Claims

There is a two-and-a-half year time limit on filing a birth injury claim in New York State and the noneconomic damages you can receive through the courts are capped at $250,000. Nonetheless, realizing that your medical and other expenses for a lifetime disability may be incredibly high, the courts have on occasion awarded more than $10 million in economic damages.

Prime Law Firm Will Take Your Birth Injury Claim as Seriously as You Do

Don't hesitate to bring your case to our birth injury attorneys. We will treat you with the empathy you deserve and will fight to obtain substantial compensation for your family. We know all too well how awful it is when a doctor's medical mistake disrupts your life and the lives of your loved ones. We are committed to seeing to it that you receive all the funds you require for your present needs and for the long-term future needs of your child. Don't wait to start putting your family back on an even keel. Call Prime Law Firm or contact us by filling out a contact form on our website.