When a newborn is injured before, during, or shortly after childbirth, it can have dire consequences. Every year in New York, families struggle to move forward in the wake of an injury to an otherwise healthy newborn.
Parents who find themselves in this situation have lots of questions, and determining exactly what happened, why it happened, and how it could have been prevented can be a long and difficult process. An experienced New York birth injury lawyer can help families find the answers they need and the compensation they deserve to help support their child in the future.
Possible Birth Injuries
- Bleeding in the brain
- Brain damage
- Brain swelling
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy (brachial plexus palsy)
- Facial paralysis
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, HIE (Injury to the brain cells from a lack of oxygen)
- Skull fracture
Symptoms of Birth Injury
If you are not sure whether or not your baby or child is injured, you are not alone. For more clarity, your first step should be to speak with your doctor immediately.
Below are some of the most common symptoms of birth injury:
- A “floppy” appearance indicating lack of muscle tone
- Abrasions, bruises, marks, or swelling on the baby’s face, head, or shoulder
- Failure of the infant to breath independently after delivery
- One arm that appears limp
- CPR or introduction of a breathing tube to resuscitate the infant
- Seizures that develop within 48 hours of delivery
This is not a complete list of birth injury symptoms. Some are recognized immediately, whereas others take months or years to start showing signs of a problem.
Birth Injury Lawyers in New York
New York birth injury lawsuits are filed by families that never anticipated finding themselves in such a situation. It is normal to feel confused, upset, and uncertain of what to do next.
After determining with your doctors whether or not your child has suffered a birth injury, the next step is to contact and hire a qualified lawyer to help you through the process of filing a lawsuit. A reputable New York birth injury lawyer is going to know the relevant case law and regulations that apply in your state.
Because Sokolove Law has helped countless families over the last 40 years, our lawyers will help you file a claim that takes lost wages, cost of medical care, and other unforeseen expenses into account.
Due to New York statutes of limitations, which determine how much time an injured party has to take legal action, it is extremely important to start the process of filing your claim as quickly as possible.
Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our Nurse Case Managers. They will help you get the information you need to move forward.