Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer

Louis Jay Arnold’s Philadelphia birth injury lawyer represents clients whose children suffered birth injuries due to:

Asphyxia Birth Injuries

Cases handled by a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer often involve asphyxia birth injuries caused by medical negligence during prenatal care and / or labor and delivery. Asphyxia birth injuries— which result from a deprivation of oxygen to a fetus—can include:

  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • other brain injuries

Asphyxia birth injuries can be caused by medical malpractice during the mother’s pregnancy when the treating physician fails to diagnose and treat:

  • pre-eclampsia
  • eclampsia
  • placenta previa

Medical malpractice related to labor and delivery can also lead to a child’s asphyxia birth injury if a physician or others assisting in a child’s birth fail to:

  • adequately monitor and respond to signs of oxygen deprivation or distress in mother or fetus
  • recognize and manage nuchal cord (umbilical cord wrapped around baby’s neck)
  • recognize and respond to infant’s breathing difficulties immediately following delivery
  • deliver child within 24 hours after mother’s water breaks
  • adequately manage a breech presentation
  • adequately manage shoulder dystocia, causing cut off of oxygen while infant is stuck in birth canal

Shoulder Dystocia and Plexus Palsy Injuries

Medical malpractice during prenatal care and / or labor and delivery can also cause shoulder dystocia and resultant injuries. Shoulder dystocia is the catching of an infant’s head or shoulders behind the mother’s pelvic bone as the infant travels through the birth canal. This most often occurs when an infant is above average size (known as fetal macrosomia). Negligent prenatal care can contribute to fetal macrosomia when an OB/GYN or treating physician negligently fails to:

  • monitor a pregnant patient’s weight gain
  • diagnose and manage gestational diabetes

Medical malpractice in the management of shoulder dystocia during delivery can lead to several injuries, including:

  • fractures
  • brain damage from asphyxiation
  • plexus palsy injuries

Brachial plexus palsy and Erb’s palsy are injuries to a baby’s brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves near the clavicle (collarbone) or shoulder. These injuries can result in varying levels of paralysis or weakness in the child’s affected upper extremity (shoulder, arm, hand, fingers).

Other Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Additional birth injuries that may result from medical negligence during prenatal care or childbirth (labor and delivery) include:

  • spinal cord injuries during negligent delivery
  • lacerations and other injuries from negligent use of forceps or vacuum devices
  • injuries caused by negligent failure to deliver by C-section when indicated
  • injuries from negligently performed C-section (brain, organ, nerve damage; lacerations, fractures; other surgery-related injuries)
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Did your child suffer a birth injury due to inadequate medical care during your pregnancy or childbirth? Our birth injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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