Parents have the fair and reasonable expectation that obstetricians (OB/GYNs), nurses, and other medical professionals will do all they can to ensure that birth is as safe as possible. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, infants are harmed as a result of the negligence of medical providers or healthcare professionals. Through a birth injury claim, a family can get justice and much needed financial support. Here, our medical malpractice attorneys discuss the most important things you need to know about birth injury claims in New York.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a birth injury as “an impairment of the neonate’s body function or structure due to an adverse event that occurred at birth.” While that is a relatively broad and wordy definition, it has a simple meaning: a birth injury is any damage or harm that occurs to a child before, during, or in the immediate aftermath of the birthing process. Some notable types of birth injuries include:
The birth of a child is complicated. Even with the incredible advances in modern medicine, it is still not completely without its risks. That being said, all parents in New York have a right to labor and delivery treatment that is at least as good as ordinary doctors and medical professionals would provide under similar conditions.
If your infant suffered harm because of negligence during the birth process, you can hold the responsible doctors and healthcare providers liable through a medical malpractice claim. In birth injury cases, multiple defendants may share liability for the harm caused to the infant and/or the mother. These defendants may include:
A serious birth injury can leave a vulnerable infant with long-term, even permanent injuries or impairments. Families need justice and financial support to get the proper care for their child. Unfortunately, the insurance companies that often handle these cases are not interested in paying out full and fair settlements. We can help. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our birth injury attorneys work tirelessly to help our families get the full recovery that they deserve. Compensation may include:
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our medical malpractice lawyers have the skills, experience, and knowledge to handle the full range of birth injury claims. We will protect the rights of you and your family. To set up a free, completely confidential consultation, please contact us today. From our office in Buffalo, we represent clients throughout Western New York.