Experienced Connecticut Birth Injury Lawyers
Welcoming new life to the world is among the most special and precious experiences that any of us will ever have. It’s meant to be a time of joy and jubilation. But that’s all premised on the hope that everything will go right.
Fortunately, most babies’ births do happen without incident. Occasionally, though – and perhaps more often than many parents realize – things go wrong. Doctors make mistakes. Complications go undetected until irreparable harm has been done.
As experienced Connecticut birth injury attorneys, we’ve encountered heartbreaking instances of medical negligence and error – including during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and newborn care.
Birth injuries are particularly troubling because they impact their victims at the very beginning of their lives. Often, the injuries cause problems for years to come, and they may even be permanent.
The information we share here isn’t intended to worry expectant parents. It’s important to know, though, that doctor error is no once-in-a-blue-moon mishap. Families face the catastrophic consequences of medical malpractice and birth injury all around this country, every single day.
When doctors, nurses, hospitals, or healthcare providers fail to meet their profession’s high standards of care, they can be held accountable for the suffering that the parents and infants are likely to face in the future.
Most often, that means financial compensation for the physical pain, emotional distress, financial loss, and long-term complications associated with the birth injury.
As Connecticut birth injury lawyers, our job is to help parents recover the full compensation they’re owed. Hospitals, physicians’ groups, and insurance companies can make the path to justice a challenging one. But with an experienced legal team on your side, you can hold those parties accountable without having to fight a battle on your own. We’ll fight it for you.
We offer passionate and aggressive legal advocacy to birth injury victims and their families. We know how to maximize their recoveries and put them in the best possible position for success, whether in a settlement or a trial.
$9,000,000 Settlement in an infant Medical Malpractice case
$6,100,000 Settlement in a Personal Injury case
$4,750,000 Settlement in a child Medical Malpractice case
$4,850,000 Settlement in a child Medical Malpractice case
Apnea & Bradycardia
Apnea and bradycardia are birth injuries that can potentially lead to serious complications. Bradycardia is the medical term for an unusually low heart rate caused by a drop in a newborn’s blood oxygen level. If your newborn has been diagnosed with apnea and bradycardia, here is some important information for you to know.
As a new parent, when it comes to your newborn’s health, all you want to hear from your doctor is that everything is normal. If your doctor tells you that your child has a low Apgar score, this will understandably be cause for concern. While a low Apgar score is not necessarily indicative of future health risks, this is a possibility.
Birth Asphyxia & HIE
Birth asphyxia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) are potentially-serious complications of childbirth that can expose newborns to the risk of developing brain disorders and other serious injuries. If your child has been diagnosed with birth asphyxia or HIE, you should speak with a birth injury lawyer about your family’s legal rights.
Learning that your newborn child has been diagnosed with a cephalohematoma can be a traumatic experience. While these injuries can heal, they can carry potential long-term health risks as well. Unfortunately, cephalohematomas are often the result of medical mistakes that could – and should – have been avoided.
Cholestasis of Pregnancy
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as cholestasis of pregnancy or simply cholestasis, is a pregnancy complication that can have potentially serious consequences for the child. As a result, doctors must adequately warn expecting mothers of ICP’s symptoms, and they must provide appropriate care and treatment to prevent unnecessary complications.
Chorioamnionitis is a potentially serious medical condition that can – and generally should – be prevented with appropriate medical care during pregnancy. For pregnant women who experience chorioamnionitis, prompt treatment is critical, as any delays in treatment have the potential to significantly increase the risks to the mother and the fetus.
For parents of children who are born with developmental disabilities, determining the cause of their child’s condition is an important early step in the coping and recovery processes. Not only is it essential for understanding the long-term risks and the treatment options that are available, but it can also help you understand if you have a claim for medical malpractice.
Gestational diabetes is a medical condition that can have consequences for pregnant mothers and their children. Early diagnosis is critical, and OB-GYNs must provide appropriate treatment recommendations based on the specific risks involved. Unfortunately, diagnostic and treatment mistakes are both common.
For expecting mothers who are diagnosed with HELLP syndrome during pregnancy and for those who experience symptoms after delivery, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment can be critical for protecting both the mother and the baby. Unfortunately, mistakes are common, and failure to diagnose or properly treat HELLP syndrome can have serious health consequences.
One birth injury that is frequently the result of medical malpractice is hydrocephalus. It is characterized by, “an abnormal buildup of fluid in the ventricles (cavities) deep within the brain. This excess fluid causes the ventricles to widen, putting pressure on the brain’s tissues...if left untreated, hydrocephalus can be fatal.”
Elevated bilirubin, also known as newborn jaundice, is a potentially dangerous condition that requires prompt treatment following a baby’s birth. During pregnancy, the mother’s doctor should monitor the fetus for risk factors that may lead to elevated bilirubin. If one or more risk factors are identified, they should be addressed in order to mitigate the risk of serious and potentially long-term complications.
Macrosomia and Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the fetus’s shoulders become lodged behind the mother’s pelvic bone. If identified promptly, and if appropriate care is taken to deliver the baby safely, then the baby can be born completely fine. However, if a delivering doctor either fails to diagnose shoulder dystocia or asserts too much force on the baby’s shoulders during delivery, then this can lead to physical trauma that may have permanent consequences.
Children who are born with microcephaly can face lifelong challenges. If your child has been born with microcephaly, it is important that you speak with a doctor about your family’s legal rights. While microcephaly can occur as the result of genetic predisposition, other factors can play a role as well.
When not enough amniotic fluid is present, this can present a number of risks for the fetus. The condition of not having enough amniotic fluid is referred to as oligohydramnios. If your child has experienced complications caused by oligohydramnios, you should consult with an attorney, as your family may be entitled to financial compensation for medical malpractice.
Placental abruption occurs when the placenta pulls away from the uterus prematurely – prior to delivery. The condition should be diagnosed and treated promptly in order to mitigate the risk of negative outcomes. In many cases, negative outcomes resulting from placental abruption can be attributed to medical malpractice.
Placenta accreta is a complication of pregnancy that can lead to potentially serious complications for the mother and the fetus. While there is nothing that can be done to prevent it, there are steps that doctors can take to minimize its consequences. When a doctor fails to manage or adequately treat complications of placenta accreta, it may be possible to secure financial compensation.
With placenta previa, the placenta does not relocate to the top of the womb; and, as a result, it obstructs the fetus’s path to the birth canal during labor. This presents risks for the mother and the fetus, but these risks can usually be managed with appropriate medical care. If you or your child has suffered from complications as a result of placenta previa, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
As a fetus grows in the womb, its weight places greater and greater pressure on the mother’s cervix. While this normally is not an issue, in some cases, it can cause the cervix to begin to open before the fetus is ready to be born. This condition – known as an incompetent cervix, weakened cervix, or cervical insufficiency – occurs in about one percent of pregnancies according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA).
Preeclampsia is characterized by maternal high blood pressure and usually (though not always) a high level of protein in the expecting mother’s urine. Preeclampsia presents risks for both the mother and the fetus; and, if not treated promptly, it can lead to HELLP syndrome and eclampsia, both of which have the potential to result in severe complications.
Uterine tachysystole, or hyperstimulation, is a condition characterized by abnormal contraction activity prior to labor. While uterine tachysystole is not inherently dangerous, it can present various risks for the fetus; and, if not managed appropriately, it can potentially lead to significant and permanent birth injuries.
Vasa previa is a condition in which the blood vessels in the umbilical cord lie across the cervix, obstructing the fetus’s path into the birth canal. When labor begins, these blood vessels can rupture, and this can present life-altering, and even life-threatening, risks for the fetus. Failure to diagnose vasa previa and failure to timely intervene can both constitute medical malpractice
Umbilical Cord Issues
Umbilical cord issues range from those involving malformation of the umbilical cord itself to issues with the umbilical cord’s positioning in the womb. The umbilical cord serves an essential purpose as the fetus’s lifeline, and various types of issues can lead to serious complications during pregnancy.
Causes of Birth Injuries
While some birth injuries are unavoidable, the reality is that obstetricians, midwives, and other medical professionals often have an opportunity to prevent these injuries. Indeed, many birth complications occur as a result of a doctor’s inexperience or carelessness. Never assume that you don’t have a case, or that your injuries were “just an accident,” without consulting a legal professional first.
Common causes of birth injuries in Connecticut include:
- Improper birthing techniques
- Oxygen deprivation
- Failure to respond to complications appropriately or in a timely manner during labor or delivery
- Failure to identify and treat conditions like Rh incompatibility, maternal or fetal infection, gestational diabetes, etc.
- Delegation of an important procedure to an inexperienced junior staff member
- Confusing the infant’s heart rate with the mother’s during monitoring
- A delay in performing medically necessary Cesarean section deliveries
- Miscalculating the size of the baby, resulting in traumatic delivery
- Using excessive force during delivery or causing injury with tools like forceps
- Mishandling the baby’s skull
- Physically dropping the baby during or after delivery
Parents: Contact Our CT Birth Injury Attorneys Right Away
If your family is left reeling or financially devastated after a birth complication that you suspect could have been avoided, please get in touch with our law firm as soon as possible.
These cases can be challenging on so many levels, and you can expect the negligent parties to put up a considerable fight. That’s why experienced representation matters so much. Our firm has won one hard-fought birth injury victory after another. We believe that we could make a significant difference with your claim, too.
Other Practice Areas We Handle
Our committed malpractice legal team has extensive experience to represent clients on any type of malpractice claim, including:
- Anesthesia Administration Errors
- Blood Transfusion Errors
- Brain Damage and Injuries
- Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Cardiology Mistakes
- Cerebral Palsy
- Doctor Errors
- Emergency Room Mistakes
- Erb’s Palsy
- Medical Misdiagnosis
- Heart Attack Misdiagnosis
- Hospital Malpractice
- Hospital Error and Negligence
- Improper Administration, Prescription, or Dispensing of Medication
- Leukemia Misdiagnosis
- Medication Errors
- Psychiatric Malpractice
- Radiology Malpractice
- Robotic Surgery Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Surgery Injuries
- Weight Loss Surgical Errors
- X-Ray Radiation Overexposure
- Vaccine Injuries
If we take your case, you won’t have to pay a penny for our services unless and until we achieve success. Call our office to ask questions or set up a free consultation. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC is here for you in Stamford, Danbury, and beyond.
Contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC to Discuss Your Birth Injury Case
Our knowledgeable Connecticut Doctor's injury lawyers understand that medical mistakes can be devastating, leading to a lifetime of disability, ongoing medical treatments, and hardship. Our experienced lawyers will be tireless advocates for you and your family and will aggressively fight to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable and that you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Contact an attorney at our offices in Stamford, Bridgeport, or Danbury, so that we can discuss what happened, the applicable laws, and your best legal options moving forward. Statutes of limitations apply, so call us today at (866) 479-7909 or request a free consultation on our contact us page.