Anticipating the birth of a child is one of the most exhilarating and exciting experiences that life has to offer – it is filled with hope and anticipation, with all thoughts directed towards a bright and happy future. Birth traumas can bring all of these dreams to a crashing halt. They are injuries that occur while the child is being born, and often impact the child for the rest of their life. Birth traumas often occur when the umbilical cord or nuchal cord is compressed or prolapsed, or when too much pressure is exerted on the baby’s skull or other body part. In some cases these traumas have only a short-term effect but in others they can result in serious injury or even death of the child.  Though not all birth traumas are the result of negligence or medical malpractice, many are. If you believe that your child’s injuries are the responsibility of the medical professionals or hospital where they were born, then you need compassionate, qualified legal help from the professionals at the law firm of Bochetto & Lentz. Our Philadelphia birth trauma attorneys can help your child receive proper care for the future.

Birth traumas can range from minor injuries to complications that are life-altering, or even that result in the infant’s death. The include the following:

  • Asphyxia
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Birth injuries are often the result of negligence on the part of the medical personnel who assist during labor and delivery.  This may include, doctors, nurses or other staff that were in attendance during the birth, or even the hospital itself. Patients place their trust in the medical staff that is present during delivery because they know that the doctors and nurses have an obligation to provide safe and responsible care from the time throughout the birth process. Unfortunately, negligence can take place in many ways and at many times, from pre-delivery (when the mother and child’s vital signs are supposed to be monitored) through the delivery itself and then afterwards during the post-delivery phase.  Both mother and baby need to be constantly watched for any signs of trouble through each of these stages, as failure to pay attention can have dire consequences, missing problems with the fetal heart rate, evidence of the cord around the baby’s neck, or other significant and dangerous events. Other problems can result from equipment that is not properly maintained or available, or even when a manufacturing problem results in a defect.

Investigating and understanding what went wrong and who is at fault following a birth injury is just a part of how a Philadelphia birth trauma attorney can help your child receive proper care. At Bochetto & Lentz we will also determine what your current and future damages and needs are to make sure that we represent your child in the best way possible, and get you the compensation that you deserve.

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