Giving birth can be a wonderful experience full of excitement. However, because of the many things that could go wrong during birth, obstetricians and other doctors must be aware and ready to respond.
These doctors have a duty to keep mothers and infants as safe as possible. They must obtain proper patient history, know the risks of a birth procedure and know what to do if things go wrong. When they make serious mistakes, they can cause tremendous harm.
At Kahn Gordon Timko Rodriques P.C., our New York birth injury attorneys understand the emotional turmoil you are going through. We are here for you and will be by your side from start to finish of your birth injury case. Contact our offices in Manhattan today.
We are advocates for patient safety: Our NYC birth injuries lawyers are dedicated to making our hospitals and other medical institutions safer. By holding hospitals and doctors accountable for the birth injuries they cause, we help safeguard others from having to experience the same trauma our clients have faced.
Examples of Our Birth Injury Cases
We handle a wide range of birth injury cases, including those that involve:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus palsy caused by shoulder dystocia
- Skull fractures
- Brain damage caused by bleeding in the brain or oxygen deprivation
- Forceps injuries
- Infections in the mother or infant
- Wrongful death
Was the Birth Trauma Caused by Physician Negligence?
In order for you to bring a birth injury medical malpractice case, you must be able to show that there is a connection between something the doctor did (or failed to do) and the injuries. You need to show that the doctor breached the standard of care required by his or her profession. If the doctor unnecessarily harmed a patient or deprived the patient of a chance of proper treatment by delay or mistake of diagnosing an illness or condition, the doctor is responsible.
Oftentimes, it is difficult to determine what the standard of care was and whether or not the birth trauma was caused by physician negligence. Our New York birth injury lawyers can meet with you to discuss what happened to you or your baby and determine whether you have a strong medical malpractice case.
Whatever the birth injury, our New York City birth injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim and work with medical experts to prove malpractice. We will investigate to find answers to questions such as: Was a nurse or doctor present in the room? Did your doctors use a fetal monitor? Was the fetal monitor working? Was there fetal distress? Was labor prolonged? Should the doctor have done a C-section or avoided a C-section? Was your delivering doctor overworked or working without sleep?
A Note About New York Law and Nurse Midwives
Recent changes in New York law governing oversight of nurse midwives may affect the ability to receive proper care for you or your baby in emergency situations. Thus, we strongly recommend that pregnant mothers have a doctor evaluate them to ensure that they are appropriate candidates for a birth attended by a midwife.
If you or your baby was injured during labor, contact our NYC birth injury lawyers for a free consultation. We have the resources of a large law firm with the dedication of a small law firm.