Lawyers for Baby Brain Injury During Delivery in Pittsburgh, PA
Birth Injury Lawyers Advocate for Families Suffering Because of Baby Brain Injuries in Pittsburgh, PA
The slightest careless action during labor and delivery can put your baby at risk. If medical negligence resulted in a serious brain injury to your baby during delivery, you have the right to be fairly compensated for that injury. The skill and expertise of your lawyer can be critical in making sure your compensation award is fair and accounts for all of your ongoing needs.
Our lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC have achieved the highest AV-rating level from the respected Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating system in legal ability and ethical standards. Most importantly, we have successfully recovered millions for our clients who have suffered because of a doctor’s negligence. With nearly 100 years’ collective experience, our lawyers know what it takes to win fair compensation for your family.
Compensation for victims of baby brain injuries at birth can be substantial—because it should represent the need for continuing care over the baby’s lifetime. Our lawyers know how to stand up to hospitals and insurance companies that often try to minimize their own financial exposure to these claims.
If your baby suffered a brain injury during delivery, call us today for a free case review. Our top-rated medical malpractice lawyers can help you get the compensation you need to make your child’s life easier.
Causes of Baby Brain Injury During Delivery
Brain trauma is one of the most serious complications that can happen to your baby at birth. Your medical team has a responsibility to carefully monitor the delivery process. Medical professionals are trained to respond to signs of fetal or maternal trauma to prevent brain injuries. Unfortunately, some doctors are careless and make mistakes that could cost your child a healthy future.
Some of the most frequent causes of baby brain injuries that occur during delivery include:
- Using excessive force with forceps or a vacuum extractor to help with the delivery
- Failure to diagnose certain risk factors for hypoxia or asphyxia
- Failure to properly monitor the mother and fetus during pregnancy, labor and delivery
- Improper use of Pitocin, which can result in hyper-stimulation of the uterus
- Failure to perform a C-section in a timely manner
- Failure to recognize complications with the umbilical cord or placenta
- Anesthesia errors made during labor and delivery
- Failure to respond properly to signs of fetal distress
- Failure to respond properly to signs of placental abruption
Any one of these failures on the part of your doctor, obstetrician, gynecologist or even the labor and delivery nurse can impact your child’s entire life. Examples of baby brain injuries that can occur during delivery include:
Recognizing the Signs of Baby Brain Injury During Delivery
In some cases, the brain injury to your baby will be immediately apparent. In others, signs of the birth-related brain injury may not appear immediately. Signs that your newborn’s brain was injured during delivery can include:
- The doctor’s decision to administer a CT, MRI or ultrasound
- Abnormal swelling or edema
- Bruising, which can indicate that the doctor used excessive force during delivery
- An abnormally large forehead or abnormally shaped head
- Extreme fussiness and crying
- Stiffness in the neck
Even if your baby does not suffer from cerebral palsy, stroke or severe complication from the brain injury, brain injuries at delivery can have an ongoing impact. You might notice that your baby has difficulty learning to crawl or walk—motor skill complications that can last a lifetime.
You may have the right to pursue compensation even in months that have passed since your child was born. To learn more about your rights, call our skilled baby brain injury lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC today.
As a lawyer who represents injured people when I need to retain local counsel, I want someone who is knowledgeable on the law of the state, has the respect of the local defense lawyers and of course the judges. I also want someone my clients will feel comfortable working with. When I have a case in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania I know that Berger & Lagnese, LLC has all those attributes. Recently I had a very serious birth injury case in Altoona, PA and I co-counseled with Berger & Lagnese, LLC. Their knowledge of Pennsylvania law in general and their knowledge of the intricacies of Pennsylvania personal injury/medical malpractice laws specifically added real value to our clients’ complex, catastrophic birth injury case. Paul Lagnese and his firm played a vital role in helping us successfully resolve our clients’ case.
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Our Baby Brain Injury Lawyers Work to Get Full & Fair Compensation for Families Harmed by Medical Negligence
If your baby suffered a brain injury during delivery, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- All costs associated with the labor and delivery
- Your child’s future medical care
- Physical therapy
- Speech and vocational therapy
- Long-term care
- The cost of in-home care and in-home modifications
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life for your family
- Loss of a healthy, active childhood for your baby
- Emotional distress, including the cost of counseling
- And more
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, our trusted medical malpractice lawyers know how to develop and frame complex baby brain injury cases to get our clients the maximum available compensation.
Call the Skilled Baby Brain Injury Lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC for a Free Case Review
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we know what it takes to hold careless doctors responsible for their actions. Our track record of success includes some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Pittsburgh history.
We represent clients in Pittsburgh and across Western Pennsylvania. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, so there is never an attorneys’ fee unless we win. To learn more about our practice and discuss your specific case in detail, call or contact us for a free case review today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lawsuits Involving Baby Brain Injury During Delivery
FAQ: How do I know if I have a viable claim for compensation if my child suffered a brain injury during delivery?
Many parents don’t initially know whether they have a claim. If you suspect that something went wrong, it is always best to speak with an experienced lawyer. Most lawyers provide a free case review so that we can help you understand your rights before you decide whether to proceed with making a claim. If you notice any signs of a brain injury, or you know that your baby suffered a brain injury, request a copy of your medical records and review them with an experienced attorney who can help you get to the bottom of what happened.
FAQ: I didn’t notice that anything was wrong with my baby until after I had brought him home. Is it too late to file a claim for compensation?
No, it is not too late. Many parents don’t immediately recognize the signs of brain injury. Some baby brain injury victims do not show external bruising or marks. It might be months before you realize that your baby might have developmental disabilities that could have been caused during labor and delivery.
In short, doctors don’t always admit their mistakes right away. The law in Pennsylvania gives you two years from the date you reasonably should have realized that medical negligence caused your injury to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Even if some time has passed, speak with an experienced lawyer to learn more about your rights.