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The birth of a child should be a joyous, love-filled event. However, pregnancy and birth is a complex biological process, and in some instances, can result in significant birth injury or even loss of life. When this occurs from medical malpractice or negligence, Pennsylvania law offers protections for those suffering from a birth injury. 

Birth injuries can range from relatively minor to life-changing, and they are often the result of avoidable medical mistakes. Oftentimes, they are caused by negligence, or the lack of ordinary care. A birth injury can happen if a doctor or nurse fails to act on an issue with the mother or baby that would normally be concerning. Examples of these issues may include labor taking too long, signs of an infection or other problem, or fetal distress. 

Unfortunately, a hospital or birth center may do everything in their power to avoid liability for a birth injury, even if they are the ones at fault. Here, we will go into further detail about the common causes of birth injuries, the nature of birth injury claims, and how a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh can help those affected by a birth injury.

If you are seeking justice for your birth injury in Pittsburgh, our qualified attorneys can help you. While you focus on recovering mentally and physically from your birth injury, our law firm can be trusted to focus on defending your legal rights. Please contact the Pittsburgh lawyers of Premier Legal Solutions, PLLC for legal advice and representation for your birth injury. 

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can often be attributed to a single or combination of causes. While not a complete list, some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:

Injury to Baby: 

  • Brain (lack of oxygen, impact swelling, compression, placenta previa)
  • Asphyxia
  • birth defects 
  • Palsy (most commonly, cerebral or Erb’s)
  • Neonatal distress
  • Forcep injury
  • Encephalopathy
  • Shoulder/hip displacement or dystocia
  • Infection or post-birth sepsis

Injury to Mother:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Placenta previa
  • Cervical damage
  • Cesarean section damage
  • Infection
  • Other birth injury

Some of these causes may overlap, and mother and baby may experience only one, multiple, or an unlisted birth injury. If you feel you or your child has experienced a birth injury, whether that injury is listed above or not, our attorneys are prepared to answer any question you may have. Contact us for a free case evaluation. 

Liability for a Birth Injury

Depending on the nature and circumstances of your birth injury, it may not be immediately clear who may be liable. Birthing is a process that involves multiple medical professionals, and some injuries can be attributed to the malpractice or negligence or one, some, or all of those staff that were involved in your pregnancy or delivery. This could include any relevant obstetrician, assisting nurses, midwives, anesthesiologist, attending physicians, or other professionals that provided or assisted in providing medical care. Further, the hospital or other employer of the above may also be liable for your birth injury.

While the most common lawsuits for birth injuries are negligence or malpractice lawsuits, the unique factors of your birth injury may be subject to other legal protections in a different styling of your case (for example, wrongful death). 

It is not always immediately clear who may be liable for your birth injury or what your legal rights might be. A lawsuit is not always necessary in every case. Some people may only need the assistance of an attorney for negotiating with insurance providers, or for some other legal service. However, if a lawsuit is necessary, you may need a skilled Pittsburgh trial lawyer. Our attorneys are experienced in representing those with birth injuries, knowledgeable about how to defend the rights of the injured in Pennsylvania courts, and dedicated to securing the best possible outcome for our clients. 

Damages for a Birth Injury

Damages possibly available to those who have a experienced a birth injury may include some or all of the following: 

  • Medical expenses (past, present, and future) and appendant therapy costs
  • Pain and suffering (mental and physical)
  • Malpractice damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages (in some cases)

If you have any questions about what degree of compensation might be available for your birth injury, our Pittsburgh birth injury attorneys can help.

Birth Injury Lawyer Serving Pittsburgh

Not all attorneys are the same. 

When searching for an attorney to represent you, you should know what to look for. A good brain injury attorney will do the following in representing your legal interest:

  • Thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your birth injury
  • identify who may be liable for your birth injury
  • review your relevant medical records and insurance coverage
  • identify and utilize evidence in support of your claims
  • deal with applicable insurance policies
  • And more.

Our attorneys fit this description. After speaking with one of our attorneys and retaining our services, we will handle your case from beginning to end. Whether that includes filing a lawsuit to represent your rights in court, negotiating on your behalf with insurance providers, or some other action, our attorneys are ready to help you secure compensation for your injury. 

Our experienced lawyers in Pittsburgh are ready to provide legal advice and services to secure the best possible outcome for our clients. The Pittsburgh attorneys of Premier Legal Solutions, PLLC are nearby and here to help protect your legal rights after a wrongful death. Contact us at 267-824-2425 or head over to 1Lawyer.com and fill out our contact form to get help as soon as possible.