Despite being home to some of the best hospitals in the country, Pennsylvania suffers roughly the same rate of birth defects and injuries as the rest of the country.
In the United States, there are tens of thousands of injuries every year — many of which can result in lifelong complications or even death. Perhaps worse, it’s estimated roughly half of all birth injuries that occur could have been prevented with more attentive care.
Possible Birth Injuries
Babies can suffer from a wide array of injuries at birth, including:
- 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
Symptoms of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can present in a variety of dangerous or unexpected symptoms:
- A “floppy” appearance, indicating lack of muscle tone
- Abrasions, bruises, or swelling on the baby’s face, head, or shoulders
- Inability to breath independently after delivery
- An arm that appears limp
- The need for CPR or a breathing tube to resuscitate the infant
- Seizures that develop within 48 hours of delivery
It should be noted that this list is not a complete set of guidelines. If you suspect your child is displaying these symptoms or other signs of delayed development, you should consult with your doctor immediately.
Birth Injury Lawyers in Pennsylvania
When a baby sustains a birth injury, it can be deeply confusing for parents. To make matters worse, hospitals are well-practiced in shutting claims down.
Sokolove Law has more than 40 years of experience advocating for families who have had their lives turned upside down by a medical error or malpractice, including birth injuries. We know how to stand up to hospitals and insurance companies, and we promise to fight to make sure that you and your baby are not silenced.
It’s vital, however, that you file your claim quickly. All claims are subject to statutes of limitations, which vary from state to state and rarely extend beyond a couple of years. This is the time you have to file a claim from the date the injury occured.
We are ready to hear your story. Call today at (267) 328-4636 for a free consultation.