Broken bones are a relatively common birth injury that may occur because of natural causes. However, in some cases they are preventable and the result of medical malpractice. If your infant suffered broken bone birth injuries, the Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers from Berger and Green want to review your case at no cost to you. We may be able to identify the role of a doctor or other health care providers played in causing this injury.
If our team finds evidence of medical malpractice, we can explain your options and pursue compensation to cover medical care costs, pain and suffering, and more. Call (412) 661-1400 today for a complimentary consultation and free case evaluation.
Broken Bones and Birth Injuries Can Have a Lasting Impact
Broken bones are one of the most common birth injuries. Often, it is the clavicle that breaks when the baby is too large for a vaginal delivery, when the baby is breech, or when there is an issue delivering the baby’s shoulder. Any of these situations can occur naturally, but they can also occur because of an inexperienced or negligent doctor.
There are certain protocols doctors should follow when there is an increased risk of injury during delivery, and procedures they can follow to reduce the risk. Failure to do so may be medical malpractice.
If your infant does not move one arm after birth, it could be a fractured clavicle, a brachial plexus injury, or another type of birth injury. Other body parts that may suffer fractures during birth include:
- Spinal column
While fractures usually heal quickly with proper care, they will increase your medical bills and cause your baby pain and suffering. Some require physical therapy or other ongoing care. If they occur in conjunction with other injuries, such as a brachial plexus injury, they could have a lifelong impact on your child’s abilities and strength in the affected body part.
Berger and Green Knows How to Navigate the Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Claims Process
With decades of experience fighting for compensation on behalf of Pittsburgh-area injury victims and their families, attorney Laurence B. Green and the Berger and Green team know how to help you pursue the payout you deserve after your child suffers a birth injury. We have a large network of medical practitioners and medical expert witnesses who can help us prove medical malpractice in your case.
231 Pennsylvania Code § 1042.3 requires us to submit a “certificate of merit” when we file a complaint against a medical professional or hospital and allege any type of medical malpractice. This certifies that another medical care provider agrees the injuries were likely the result of malpractice. This care provider must:
- Have similar training and practice a similar specialty as your doctor
- Have a similar experience to your doctor
- Practice in the same geographical area as your doctor
Before signing our certificate of merit, this doctor will review the facts of your case and the circumstances that led to your baby’s injury. They will then consider how your doctor behaved and whether their action or inaction agreed with acceptable professional standards or not.
In many cases, the doctor who signs our certificate of merit can also testify in court if necessary to help the judge and jury understand what the acceptable professional standard would look like and how your doctor deviated from it. However, we can also call another medical expert witness for this purpose.
Berger and Green has the tools and know-how to build a strong medical malpractice case after a Pittsburgh birth injury. If your child sustained a broken bone during delivery, call (412) 661-1400 today and let us review your case for free.
Recoverable Damages in a Pittsburgh Broken Bones Birth Injury Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice laws in Pennsylvania allow the doctor and hospital to review your case and offer a fair out-of-court settlement before taking the case in front of a judge. We may be able to reach a fair settlement agreement during this process, or we may need to fight for a verdict and award in court. The goal of either one is to recover a payout for you and your family that covers your injury-related expenses and losses.
The damages you may be able to recover in a birth injury medical malpractice case include:
- Medical care costs
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Other related losses
- Pain and suffering damages
To obtain the compensation your family needs and deserves, it is crucial to take action as soon as possible. Reach out to our team for a free case review and let us explain your legal options. If we cannot reach an out-of-court agreement, Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations generally only gives us two years from the date of an injury to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
You may have more time to take legal action since the victim was an infant, but we cannot recover the compensation you need to help you cover your costs until we investigate your case and navigate the medical malpractice claims process.
Discuss Your Case with a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Pittsburgh From Berger and Green
If your child suffered injuries at birth, you may be eligible to pursue compensation on their behalf. Let our team review your case at no cost to you. We can explain your legal options and guide you through the process of going after the payout your family needs and deserves. We believe you and your child deserve compensation to cover medical bills, ongoing care costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The attorneys from Berger and Green take on medical malpractice cases in Pittsburgh, its suburbs, greater Allegheny County, and other areas in the region. Reach out to our team today for your complimentary consultation and to learn about your rights.
Call (412) 661-1400 to talk to someone from our Pittsburgh office today.