Holding Doctors Liable for Birth Injuries in New York

Holding Doctors Liable for Birth Injuries in New York

When parents prepare to have a baby, they do everything they can to make sure the child is born healthy. However, the reality of the situation is that parents are unable to control everything during this time. When it comes time to give birth, the doctor delivering the baby has a significant amount of responsibility. If they act negligently during the birth, it is possible for a baby to suffer from birth injuries as a result. This is considered medical malpractice and parents can pursue legal action. Continue reading below to learn more. 

What Injuries Can Be Caused?

In the event that a doctor does not act to the best of their ability and causes suffering to a patient, they can be found liable for malpractice. This can be seen during the birth of a baby. If the doctor is negligent, it can cause serious birth injuries that can impact a newborn for the rest of their life. Common birth injuries can include:

  • Erb’s palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Facial paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain damage due to misuse of vacuum extractor or forceps
  • Brachial plexus injuries due to excessive force when using a shoulder dystocia 

How Do I Hold a Doctor Responsible?

All medical professionals are legally required to act in the best interest of their patients. If they do not and are negligent, they can cause undue harm to their patients as a result. When this happens, doctors can be held responsible for this suffering. In the event of birth injuries, the parents of the newborn can pursue legal action through filing a personal injury claim. During this time, they are required to prove the doctor was negligent and directly caused the birth injuries. If they are successful in doing so, the doctor may be required to provide compensation for the damages due to the incident as well as aid for the baby’s future.

Contact our Firm

A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!