If your child was born with a debilitating condition, you know how difficult your life and the life of your child can be. Some lifelong birth injuries are actually the result of medical malpractice on behalf of doctors, nurses, or other hospital staff — the very people we expect to take the utmost care of our infants, born or unborn.
Sometimes medical personnel provide substandard care and fail to notice the signs or symptoms of potential problems with a child until it is too late. As a result of this medical error, they may be forced to rush a delivery, or harm the child with medical instruments that can handicap your child for life. Sometimes these injuries mean a life spent in a wheelchair, going through extensive rehabilitation, and depending on others to survive. Children may lose the chance to play sports or participate in a normal life before they even learn to speak. If you need help with your legal claim, reach out to a Pennsylvania birth injury lawyer.
Why These Injuries Happen
Hospitals profit when a baby is delivered vaginally. Hospitals usually lose money when babies are delivered by Caesarean section. As a result, hospital executives encourage their doctors to deliver babies vaginally. Sad as it may be, serious and avoidable injuries often happen to a baby because the hospital is more concerned about profit than about your baby. The problem is, when a child is in danger because he or she stuck in the birth canal, or has problems with the placenta, or has been deprived of oxygen, a doctor may risk a baby’s life in order to try and avoid a c-section.
“Sad as it may be, serious and avoidable injuries often happen to a baby because the hospital is more concerned about profit than the baby.”
While the doctors leave the baby in distress and hope a vaginal delivery will not cause birth injuries, the baby is suffocating, which can quickly cause severe brain damage and may lead to cerebral palsy. If the baby is stuck in the birth canal, she is vulnerable to a severe arm and shoulder injury if the doctor pulls too hard on her arm attempting to deliver her too quickly.
Why You Need a Birth Injury Lawyer
The Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers at Ostroff Injury Law know what to do when the negligence or willful misconduct of hospitals, doctors, or nurses results in serious injury to your child. Several types of birth injuries can be caused by doctors during the birthing process.
These injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Arm/shoulder injury
- Hearing loss
- Intellectual disabilities
- Vision impairment
- Forceps lacerations and bruising
- Facial paralysis
Our attorneys are skilled with these types of cases and will help you and your family through this extremely difficult time. We will help secure payment for past, present, and future medical bills, rehabilitation, special educational training, and hospital bills for your child for the rest of his or her life.
For nearly 25 years, Jon Ostroff has been representing the estates of over 100 children and adults who have died across Pennsylvania as a result of someone else’s negligence. Jon will spend the time and money it takes to figure out what happened to your loved one. Jon will pay these costs if he is unable to recover money for you or your child.