If your child suffered injuries during birth, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim against the doctor who delivered them, the hospital where they were born, or another party. Let a member of the Berger and Green medical malpractice team review your case at no cost to you. We can help you understand your options for taking legal action. You may be able to recover compensation based on:
- The case we can build proving the doctor or medical team acted negligently
- Your injury-related expenses and losses
- Your child’s abilities and prognosis
- Your child’s ongoing and future care needs
Call Berger and Green’s Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your free consultation with a member of our medical malpractice team.
Birth Injuries Are a Common Type of Medical Malpractice
Sometimes, babies suffer birth injuries no matter what a caring, capable physician does to try to prevent them. In other cases, though, action or inaction on the part of the physician causes birth injuries. Let us review your case for free to determine if a physician’s reckless or careless behavior may have played a role in your newborn’s injuries.
We may be able to help your family pursue compensation to provide for your child’s care if they have a diagnosis that includes:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Other nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hypoxia or anoxia
- Bone fractures
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
Medical negligence, called malpractice, can cause birth injuries when:
- A doctor fails to monitor mother and infant during labor and delivery
- A doctor fails to identify and address serious complications during labor and delivery
- A doctor or staff member fails to follow proper procedures during delivery
- A doctor or staff member fails to use accepted, necessary techniques during delivery
- The doctor does not perform a C-section when necessary
- The doctor or staff does not follow all proper protocols when using forceps and vacuums
Medical malpractice during labor and delivery is all too common. The infants hurt by careless doctors suffer unnecessary pain. Many have significant delays in meeting milestones, endure years of therapies, and may even live with lifelong disabilities. If a negligent doctor caused their injuries, your child deserves a payout.
Berger and Green Knows How to Navigate PA Medical Malpractice Cases
Pennsylvania has very high standards for the strength of the case we must prove to win a medical malpractice payout. We must show:
- How other doctors with similar education and experience in the same practice area would have reacted in the same situation
- If your doctor deviated from the standard of care provided by other doctors
- If your doctor’s action or inaction caused your child to suffer birth injuries
Medical malpractice cases require us to enlist the help of a medical expert witness who will testify to the proper standard of care that you and your child should have received. This witness is vital in proving we have a valid medical malpractice case, and Pennsylvania courts require us to submit a statement from them to take legal action.
Our team has a network of medical professionals in and around Pittsburgh who can help us secure the testimony we need and build a strong case on your behalf. We can identify the best medical expert witness possible for your case.
Give us a call at 412-661-1400 as soon as possible. We can help you understand your child’s rights, explain your legal options for taking action on their behalf, and go to work on your case.
Damages Available in a Birth Injury Case in Pittsburgh
If we can prove your child suffered birth injuries because of medical malpractice, we can pursue compensation for the expenses and losses your family suffered as a result. We may be able to negotiate a settlement with the doctor’s medical malpractice insurance provider, or we may have to litigate the case and go in front of a judge. But either way, if we can secure compensation, it may include damages such as:
Economic damages include reimbursement to cover past expenses and money to pay for ongoing and future expenses. This may include:
- Medical bills and related costs
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Any related out-of-pocket expenses
Noneconomic damages include the losses your child suffered that do not have a monetary value. This may include:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Limits on Recovery
Pennsylvania does not limit the economic or noneconomic damages you can recover in a medical malpractice case.
There May Be a Limit on How Long You Have to Hold Them Liable
Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. However, this may not apply when the victim is an infant or young child. We can help you understand when is the best time to pursue compensation for your child, and what happens if you wait too long. Call Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 today for your case evaluation and to learn more about your rights.
Talk to a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorney About Your Child’s Birth Injuries
If your child needed additional medical care or therapy or if your child has a lasting impairment because of a birth injury, the team from Berger and Green wants to review your Pittsburgh case. You may be eligible to hold the doctor or hospital liable and pursue a payout for your child’s treatment, ongoing care, pain and suffering, and more.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your no-cost case evaluation.