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Category: Birth Injury

How Long Can You Wait to File a Birth Injury Claim?

When you’re expecting a baby, you’re usually over the moon with excitement, planning their name, decorating the nursery, buying all the baby items you can think of (even some you don’t really need), and celebrating with your friends and family. Then, it’s time. You head to the hospital, ready to finally hold your little bundle of joy. You don’t expect something to go wrong during the delivery. You never thought something completely unpreventable might happen to your baby. But it has. Now you’re faced with the unforeseen reality[...]

What Are the Treatment Options if My Child Has a Birth Injury?

When parents find themselves navigating a journey they never envisioned – a journey marked by a birth injury in their precious child, it can test the depths of their resilience, strength, and love, challenging them to redefine the very essence of what it means to be a parent.  The first question that’s often asked is, “What are the treatment options if my child has a birth injury?”  There are many treatment options for infants who’ve suffered a birth injury. The exact treatment that’s best for your child will,[...]

What Is Marginal Cord Insertion?

Marginal cord insertion occurs when the umbilical cord is inserted into the margin of the placenta rather than the center. This is an atypical condition that can occur during a pregnancy. The danger of a marginal cord insertion stems from the fact that blood flow to the fetus can be restricted, leading to potential growth challenges and an increased risk of birth injuries. When managed correctly, however, most marginal cord insertions do not cause harm. (more…)

How To Identify Seizures in Babies

Seizures in infants can be much more difficult to identify than those suffered by adults. The convulsions most commonly associated with seizures are rare in infancy. But early detection is critical. During this period of rapid brain development, a seizure can inflict trauma that can stunt a child’s cognitive growth, lead to learning impairments, cause permanent brain damage, and ultimately slow overall development. In rare cases, a seizure can be fatal to a young child. (more…)

What Are the Responsibilities of Doctors and Nurses During Childbirth?

If you've ever been in a birthing suite, whether delivering a child yourself or supporting a loved one with their childbirth process, then you're likely aware of how tense it can be in that environment. The situation is not all that different in an operating room if you undergo a Caesarean section (C-section). In both situations, there are a lot of people crowded into a very small room, and you and your baby's health and safety are contingent upon everyone knowing their role and doing what they're trained[...]

5 Signs That a Birth Injury May Have Occurred

Giving birth is already a stressful, painful experience. You hope that all the pain is worth it so that you can leave the hospital with your happy and healthy newborn. However, that’s not always the case. If something goes wrong unexpectedly or the doctor in charge of your delivery makes a mistake, then your child could suffer from birth injuries. (more…)

What’s It Like to Have a Birth Injury?

When one hears that their child sustained an injury during birth, they may feel a mixture of overwhelming emotions. They’re worried about their child’s health, how this injury happened, and what this means for their child’s future. Unfortunately, birth injuries can lead to health complications for the rest of a child’s life. If your child has suffered from an injury because of medical negligence, you may be facing a reality that includes affording permanent care for your child. (more…)

Medical Malpractice: C-Sections, Surgical Risks & Patient Consent

Doctors have a legal duty to treat patients in accordance to established medical guidelines and standards, as doing so is critical to avoiding preventable injuries. While evaluating whether a medical professional took appropriate steps to treat a patient as a reasonably skillful doctor would under the same or similar circumstances is an important part of determining whether negligence played a role in causing birth injuries, it is also important to evaluate whether or not doctors adequately discussed information about procedures and associated risks – including risks related to cesarean[...]

Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Devices

Birth injuries can result from a range of negligent actions and conduct during pregnancy, labor, and delivery – including the improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors. While both of these medical devices can assist physicians during difficult deliveries, they must be used in accordance to strict standards. When medical professionals fail to use forceps or vacuum extractors properly, they can be held liable for preventable birth injuries, including those resulting in long-term and life-altering effects on children and their families. At Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco, our Philadelphia[...]

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