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Pittston Birth Injury Lawyer
The birth of a child is truly an incredible occasion. New life being brought into the world with the promise of a blank slate and a bright future. Unfortunately, lots of babies don’t start life off the way they should. Complications happen in the infant ward and can take place due to the negligence of medical professionals. If you believe the injury of your child or the child of someone you know took place due to negligence, contact Pittston Birth Injury lawyer Caputo & Mariotti immediately.
In Pittston, What Kind of Birth Injury Cases Happen
Babies are likely to get injured during pregnancy, labor, and in the moments following the delivery. Unfortunately, injuries which take place in the hospital nursery happen fairly regularly. Some injuries are more complex than others and can affect the baby in different ways. Here are some injuries which commonly happen:
Common Birth Injuries Include:
- Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy / Erb’s Palsy, & other brain injuries
- Swelling and bruising of the head.
- Premature Labor & Birth
- Injuries To The Spinal Cord
- Damage to a baby’s blood vessels in the eye
- Spina Bifida
- Emergency C-Sections
- Bone Injuries & Fractures
- Perinatal Asphyxia
Why Do Birth Injuries Happen?
Stanford Children’s Health says injuries in babies during birth can happen more frequently due to many factors. They don’t even necessarily have to do with the infant itself. The weight of the mother and the way the baby is delivered plays a major role in causing an injury. So, if a vacuum or forceps were used during labor, the likelihood of an injury increases.
The size of the baby itself also plays a big role. When there are larger babies who require birth through a c section, this increases the chances of an injury. Additionally, prematurely born babies are more likely to suffer due to their delicacy.
Even though this may seem depressing to learn, for most newborns with minor birth injuries, these issues are resolved without needing treatment. However, some times these injuries can be more severe. Even worse, they didn’t need to happen.
In 2006, statistics show that about half of all birth injuries could have been avoided. These numbers tallied over 157,700 injuries which affected both the mother and their babies. Surely mistakes happen. We’re all prone to it. Unfortunately, the medical field requires professionals such as doctors, nurses, surgeons, and staff to be on their “A Game” at all times. When medical professionals are negligent, the consequences can change the lives of so many people.
When Can I See Symptoms of a Birth Injury?
This is best determined on a case by case basis since different victims react to injuries in different ways. For instance, scarring is a more permanent less harmful injury which won’t affect the child that much. Cerebral Palsy, on the other hand, has far more serious consequences and usually may not be detected until the baby becomes a toddler.
The court system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania takes examples like these into account when coming up with laws. Fortunately, even if your birth occurred over 18 years ago, you may seek damages. The Commonwealth states that when a child (under the age of 18 at the time of injury) is a victim of any personal injury, you can claim seeking damages right up until the child is 20 years old.
Do I Need a Pittston Birth Injury Lawyer?
For starters, you should contact a Pittston birth injury lawyer at Caputo & Mariotti. Our team has a combined 55+ years of experience handling all sorts of legal matters. We make it our mission to make sure we’ve claimed back what we’ve been wronged.