Birth Injury Attorneys in Pittsburgh
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout Western Pennsylvania and Beyond
The attorneys at the Pittsburgh medical malpractice law firm of Berger & Lagnese, LLC have seen first-hand the anxiety, sorrow, and fear that parents experience when a child is born with a birth injury. That is one reason we fight so hard to obtain justice for these parents and their babies. Another reason we fight for these children is that we understand the challenges of caring for a child with a birth injury. Finally, we want to send a message to the medical community that birth injuries caused by negligence are not acceptable.
Most births are uneventful, resulting in a beautiful baby and tired but joyful parents. However, some births do not have a happy outcome. An infant may come into the world with an injury caused by a mistake during the labor and delivery process. The results of these mistakes include:
- Cerebral Palsy and other injuries caused by oxygen deprivation
- Erb’s Palsy and Shoulder Dystocia
- Brain damage from placenta previa or other causes
The attorneys at Berger Lagnese, LLC handle cases likes these as well as matters involving other birth injuries such as severe bruises, broken bones, skin abrasions and lacerations, hypoxia, hemorrhage, kernicterus resulting from jaundice, persistent hypertension, skull fractures and other conditions.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries in Pennsylvania
The most common causes of birth injury include:
- Failure to monitor, detect and treat maternal infections and conditions such as hypertension during pregnancy
- Failure to identify or act on fetal distress during labor
- Failure to perform an emergency C-section
- Failure to deal properly with a breech birth
- Failure to identify and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failure to use birth-assisting tools such as vacuum extractors and forceps correctly
- Obstetrical malpractice
- Uterine rupture
An obstetrician, nurse, midwife, anesthetist, or any other medical provider participating in a birth could perform negligent actions such as these that may have catastrophic consequences.
Consequences of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries range from minor to severe. Usually, bruises and lacerations resolve themselves without medical intervention. But other injuries can affect a child forever. Children injured during birth may have:
- Developmental disabilities
- Lack of coordination
- Breathing problems
- Failure to grow and thrive
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, a child may require special education, physical therapy, assistive devices, surgery, medications, and personal care attendants. Many families have difficulties shouldering the cost of care and treatment for their child.
The Challenges of Birth Injury Cases
Medical negligence is not the cause of every birth injury. To bring a successful claim against a doctor or hospital, the plaintiffs (usually the parents) must be able to prove that the provider did not act in accordance with the usual standard of care. Most birth injury cases rely on the testimony of medical experts to establish the standard of care and to show how the defendant (the doctor or hospital) failed to meet that standard. Finally, the case must how that the failure to meet the accepted standard of care directly caused the injury. It is best to hire experienced medical malpractice attorneys familiar with the intricacies birth injury lawsuits.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Law Firm to Learn More About Birth Injury Claims
Our knowledgable attorneys know how to present strong birth injury cases. We consult with well-known experts and develop compelling testimony in our efforts to obtain justice for our clients and their children. To learn more about birth injuries and to determine whether you might be eligible to file a birth injury lawsuit, contact our law firm. There is no fee until we win your case.