The dedicated legal team of Caputo & Mariotti
Pennsylvania Birth Injury Lawyers
Medical negligence during pregnancy and childbirth can have crippling effects on both the parents and the baby. Even minor errors made by medical professionals can cause devastating, lifelong consequences for your child. While children are born in Pennsylvania hospitals every day without any complications, the potential for a devastating injury resulting from a medical error remains a very real threat.
If your loved one was injured during birth, you may be facing a lifetime of uncertain health and expensive medical bills. It's important to know your legal options, which is what makes it crucial to call our medical malpractice attorneys. Time is of the essence, so call Caputo & Mariotti today at (570) 342-9999. You may also contact us online for a FREE CONSULTATION regarding the unique circumstances of your case. Due to our extensive legal experience, we have firsthand knowledge of the heartbreak and financial burden caused by a birth injury. We will fight for the most favorable legal outcome, which your family deserves.
Our primary focus is serving our clients. Experience has taught us that if we put the client first, everything else falls into place. We represent birth injury victims in all areas of Pennsylvania.
Injury and trauma as a result of a medical professional's negligence during pregnancy or birth can include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Damage
- Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
- Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Facial Paralysis
- Spinal Cord Injury
In many cases, these severe and sometimes lifelong injuries could have been prevented with careful and competent medical care.
Medical negligence can occur at any step of the delivery process. Some of the most serious medical errors and injuries include:
- Umbilical cord complications such as oxygen deprivation, which may potentially cause cerebral palsy and other serious neurological injuries
- Unstable blood supply
- Failure to appropriately use a fetal heart monitor
- Forceps injury during child delivery
- Vacuum extraction of big infants for new mothers
- Failure to identify child distress
- Delayed C-section or complications during the C-section process
- Breech birth complications
- Placental abruption
- Wrong diagnosis or failure to treat the new mother's high blood pressure
- Wrong drugs prescribed during pregnancy
- Brachial plexus, which is caused by the stretching of the baby's shoulder during delivery
Prenatal Cerebral Hypoxia is caused by a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain. Just a small reduction of oxygen flow for only a few minutes can cause permanent and serious injuries such as memory loss, reduced motor coordination, seizures, comas, cerebral palsy, and even death. The risk of Cerebral Hypoxia is highest during birth and most often results from the negligence of medical professionals. This negligence can have permanent effects on the parent and child.
Prenatal care requires competent and professional medical staff. Extreme caution and gentle care must be used during the entire process in order to avoid causing the child Cerebral Hypoxia. Some types of medical negligence which can lead to Cerebral Hypoxia include:
- Failure to use or observe a fetal heart monitor
- C-section complications
- Delayed C-section
- Mishandling of umbilical cord complications
- Improper diagnosis of high blood pressure
- Failure to treat the mother's high blood pressure
- Failure to recognize inadequate oxygen supply
- Failure to recognize emotional and physical distress of the newborn
- Inattentiveness of the doctor or nurse
The effects of Cerebral Hypoxia, unfortunately, don't become that clear until the infant grows older. Inattentiveness, lack of motor coordination, impaired judgement, and memory loss are all signs that oxygen deprivation occurred during birth. Very often, these injuries could have been prevented with proper medical care.
Litigation unfortunately won't cure your child's illness or alleviate his or her condition, but we can help you recover the financial damages caused by this situation. Once a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy or confirmation of Cerebral Hypoxia has occurred, you will probably experience intense stress, anxiety, and anger. Hiring one of Caputo and Mariotti’s experienced birth injury lawyers can help you focus on your family and the love and support everyone needs, while we focus on the legal aspects of your situation.
If you or your loved one have been the victim of birth-related medical errors, then you may be entitled to compensation such as medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial benefits. Keep in mind that the statute of limitations allows you to file a lawsuit for only so long after the incident occurred. It is important to act quickly. Call the birth injury lawyers at Caputo and Mariotti today at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us immediately.