Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers

A law firm handling Philadelphia birth injury litigation positions its case around two questions: did medical malpractice cause an unnecessary injury, and is there a long-term economic impact from those birth injuries? In Philadelphia, where you can find some of the best children's medical facilities and healthcare professionals in the world, it is a tragedy when such unfortunate events take place.

Birth injuries include Erb’s Palsy, cerebral palsy, athetoid dyskinetic cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, and other conditions. A Philadelphia birth injury lawsuit can determine the cause, including any of the following:

  • Inadequate medical monitoring of uterine pressure during labor
  • Failure to anticipate and prepare for premature delivery (before 37 weeks)
  • Failure to consider a disproportion in the size of the pelvis of the mother (known as cephalopelvic disproportion) which can result in a shoulder dystocia.
  • Prolonged and difficult labor that does not receive proper attention and care
  • Improper use of forceps and vacuum extraction devices
  • Failure to respond appropriately to blood loss
  • Inappropriate use of pitocin, a drug often used to induce labor or speed it up.

Obstetrical malpractices cases handled under Philadelphia birth injury laws include failure to perform a cesarean section, negligent monitoring of the heart beat of the mother or child, and improper maintenance of oxygen levels.

Choosing your options for birth injury litigation in Philadelphia

Regardless if it is a hospital in New Jersey, California, or right here in Philadelphia, birth injury law requires that hospitals, nurses, and doctors discharge their duty to provide their patients good care. The trust placed by expectant parents is violated when that duty is breached and birth injuries occur.

So what can families do when there is a birth injury? Birth injury law in Philadelphia provides for financial compensation to the injured patient for health care, rehabilitation, and lifelong care when the court determines the healthcare provider was responsible for the injury. In our experience as Philadelphia birth injury attorneys we have found that families should—

  • Look for symptoms. Often birth injuries show up months and years after the birth.
  • Question the medical provider. She or he should be able to provide answers regarding the apparent injury.
  • Document all conversations you had with your doctor and other healthcare providers. What did they say in response to what happened, when, and what was the physical health result?
  • Sign no documents. Your attorney needs to review anything having to do with the injury. 
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Your first move when you suspect an injury occurred should be to contact a birth injury lawyer in Philadelphia. The Duffy Firm has a long record of success in such cases and welcomes your inquiries. Contact us today. Let’s talk about your special situation and determine if we can help make a better life for you and your child.

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