What is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is an injury to a child during the childbirth process. There are many injuries an infant may sustain during birth, and the severity of birth injuries may vary. Birth injuries may be the result of negligence or malpractice on the part of the medical practitioner. Although there are many highly skilled medical professionals in New York, families find themselves struggling with life-long complications after their baby experiences improper care.

  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Brain damage
  • Brain swelling
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy (brachial plexus palsy)
  • Facial paralysis
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, HIE (Injury to the brain cells from a lack of oxygen)
  • Skull fracture

Some Symptoms of a Birth Injury Include:

  • A “floppy” appearance indicating lack of muscle tone
  • Abrasions, bruises, marks, or swelling on the baby’s face, head or shoulder
  • Failure of the infant to breath independently after delivery
  • One arm that appears limp
  • Requirement for CPR or introduction of a breathing tube to resuscitate the infant
  • Seizures that develop within 48 hours of delivery

Some symptoms that can appear later in a child’s development include a lack of physical coordination and failure or delay in reaching development milestones like rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, and talking.

Birth Injury Lawyers in New York

Each year in New York, families that never expected to find themselves in such an uncertain position file birth injury lawsuits.

Hiring a qualified lawyer to guide you through the process will be necessary to file a lawsuit on behalf of your child. An experienced New York birth injury lawyer will understand state-specific laws and regulations.

Sokolove Law has helped countless families over the last 40 years across New York, New York City, and Long Island. Our lawyers will help file a claim that takes a lifetime of medical expenses and adaptive equipment into account.

It is crucial to begin the process of filing your claim as soon as you are able. All claims are subject to statutes of limitations, which vary from state to state and rarely extend beyond a couple of years.

Contact our Nurse Case Managers today for a free consultation. They will help you unpack what happened and get the relevant information needed to move forward.