Birth and Neonatal Injury Lawyers

If your child has suffered a needless birth injury because of the carelessness or negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider, you want an experienced personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation you need. In addition to paying for medical expenses, you may need to radically change your living environment to meet the needs of your child.

At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers work closely with parents of children who have been hurt during pregnancy or the birth process, helping you get full and fair compensation for the negligent or careless acts of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. Birth injuries may occur when a physician fails to properly evaluate and respond to conditions during labor, or at the time of birth. Injuries can also occur from the use of pharmaceutical drugs. We handle claims involving:

The Risk of a Birth Injury as a Result of Shoulder Dystocia

Certain medical conditions during pregnancy expose the fetus to the risk of shoulder dystocia, or the somewhat common problem resulting when a fetal shoulder becomes stuck against the mother’s pubic bone or pelvis during delivery. By itself, shoulder dystocia need not result in any serious or permanent injury to the fetus or the mother, but it significantly heightens the risk of a range of birth injuries. Injury to the brachial plexus can result in permanent damage to the newborn’s shoulder, arm, and hand.

Shoulder dystocia can lead to excessive or badly judged traction by the obstetrician or midwife on the newborn’s head, neck, or shoulder. This excess force exerted while maneuvering the fetus around the mother’s pelvic bone structure is what can lead to permanent nerve damage. The most important steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of this outcome are often those that can be identified during pregnancy:

  • Thorough understanding of the mother’s medical history, including episodes of shoulder dystocia in prior deliveries
  • Proper management of gestational diabetes, hypertension, excessive maternal weight gain or other health risk factors during pregnancy
  • Planning for a caesarian delivery in cases of large fetus and small mother

Neonatal Birth Injury

A neonatal birth injury is any type of impairment that affects a newborn’s body function that can be attributed to an adverse event during or following, labor and delivery. Birth injuries of this kind can range from mild, which heal quickly on their own, to more serious injuries that cause serious and permanent damage to the newborn. Specific neonatal birth injuries include:

Find out whether medical negligence caused your child’s nerve damage. We work closely with medical experts and know how to identify and prove negligence by any type of treating physician, including pediatric neurologists, obstetricians, and neonatologists. We also will help you seek compensation for all of your expenses, from the costs of medical care for your child to the expense of retrofitting your home or vehicle to meet your child’s needs. Our attorneys have experience working birth injury cases in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Attorney Jim McEldrew has compassionately helped clients in matters related to birth trauma for more than 30 years. He has been a member of the Birth Trauma Group of the American Association for Justice. All birth injury claims are handled on a contingency basis. We will only bill you legal fees if we are able to recover compensation for your losses. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.

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