Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer
If your child was injured at birth because of a medical mistake, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. However, going up against a hospital or healthcare provider won’t be easy. You’ll need a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience handling birth injury cases on your side. Contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC to find out how our compassionate legal team can help you fight to get the money you need and deserve.
For decades, injury victims across Philadelphia have trusted us to help them after a devastating accident. That’s because we work hard and get results. If your family has experienced a birth injury, don’t hesitate to call us for help. We offer a free consultation, so contact our Philadelphia law office to schedule yours today.
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How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Birth injury lawsuits are a type of medical malpractice case. Over the years, it’s gotten more and more difficult to hold negligent medical providers responsible for mishaps and mistakes under Pennsylvania state law.
That doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It just means that you need to have a skilled, experienced, and passionate Philadelphia law firm on your side.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to hold negligent doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers responsible for the harm they’ve caused your family. We will:
- Carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth injury
- Consult with experts to fully understand the more detailed, technical aspects of your case
- Comb through medical records and relevant evidence to gather proof of negligence
- Determine cause, fault, and liability, and
- Stand up to manipulative insurance companies on your behalf.
We know that a birth injury can have immediate and long-lasting consequences. That’s why we’ll go above and beyond and work hard to hold negligent doctors accountable for the mistakes they’ve made. You’ve been through enough, so we’ll handle all aspects of your birth injury case. You just focus on your family. All you have to do is call us and set up a time to discuss your case in greater detail.
What is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury doesn’t necessarily have to occur at birth. A birth injury can include harm to a child before, during, or after delivery as a result of medical negligence. Examples of birth injuries and birth defects include:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Brain damage
- Brain hemorrhage
- Broken bones
- Caput Succedaneum
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Maternal injury or death
- Perinatal asphyxia
- Shoulder dystocia
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’re here to help you after your child suffers a birth injury in a Philadelphia-area hospital. Contact our law office to learn more about your legal rights and options today.
Medical Negligence and Birth Injuries in Philadelphia
Doctors and healthcare providers have extensive education, training, and experience. We trust them with our health, safety, and lives. That’s why they’re held to a heightened standard of care. We expect more from them. Medical negligence, or medical malpractice, occurs when a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, or other medical professional fails to meet the standard of care that’s required of them.
In Pennsylvania, doctors are expected to use the same level of experience and skill as another qualified physician (of the same specialty) would exercise in the same situation. In other words, we expect doctors to put their knowledge and skills to use to provide the best possible care for their patients. When they fail to exercise this level of care, they can potentially be liable for resulting harm.
Causes of Birth Injuries in Philadelphia
Birth injuries can happen when there are complications during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after a mother gives birth. Sometimes, these complications are unforeseeable and unavoidable. Many times, however, they’re the result of negligent or substandard medical care. Often, they’re the result of a doctor’s inability to identify or manage complications.
Negligence that can contribute to Philadelphia birth injuries include:
- Failure to diagnose a health issue in a mother or child during pregnancy
- Failure to monitor signs of fetal or maternal distress during labor and delivery
- Prolonged labor
- Failure to perform a timely C-Section
- Uterine rupture
- Improper use of forceps, vacuums, and other medical devices during delivery
- Oxygen deprivation
- Poor communication between doctors and staff, and
- Medication errors.
These are not the only errors that can cause a birth injury. If you believe your child was injured at birth, it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced Philadelphia birth injury lawyer. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we have decades of experience handling these complex matters, and we know what’s at stake. Give us a quick call to schedule a time to sit down with our compassionate legal team and learn more.
When Can I File a Birth Injury Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
For parents, nothing is more devastating than something harming your child. When your child suffers a severe injury that will impact their life forever, it’s easy to get lost in trying to figure out how to move forward. However, you won’t have an unlimited amount of time to demand money from a negligent doctor or hospital. If you wait too long, you will lose the right to get any compensation, at all.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for birth injury cases is generally two years from the date of injury. Birth injuries aren’t always noticeable right away. If there’s a delay in discovering your child’s birth injury, the statute of limitations can be tolled (or paused). It won’t begin to run until the injury is identified. However, you’ll have a maximum of seven years – regardless of when the birth injury is discovered – to file a birth injury lawsuit in Philadelphia.
When your child gets older, he or she might decide that they want to file a lawsuit. In that case, your child will have 7 years from the date of their 20th birthday to initiate legal action against a negligent healthcare provider. Since they were a minor when they were injured, different rules apply.
It can be tough to know how much time you have to file a birth injury lawsuit after your child gets hurt. Don’t lose out on valuable compensation by hesitating or waiting too long. Let the Philadelphia birth injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC handle your case. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.
Damages Available to Birth Injury Victims in Philadelphia
Some birth injuries will only cause acute, immediate harm. Other birth injuries will change the course of a child’s life forever. In either case, the costs of a birth injury can be overwhelming. We’re not just talking about the financial costs, either. A birth injury can inflict severe physical pain and emotional suffering.
The negligent doctor or healthcare provider who allowed or caused your child to get hurt should be held fully accountable for their mistakes. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’ll aggressively pursue damages from anyone who contributed to your child’s birth injury. This might include money for:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Reduced earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Insurance companies will do everything they can to drive down the value of your birth injury claim. Don’t allow them to convince you that your case is worth less than it really is. Let Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC help you fight to get every last dollar your family deserves.
How? We’ll turn to experts for help. We’ll consult with doctors, vocational specialists, and anyone else who might be able to provide some insight into your child’s injury and how it might affect their life. With their help, we can better understand your case and what it might be worth.
When we sit down to negotiate a settlement, we’ll be armed with strong arguments and expert-backed evidence. This comprehensive approach can help us maximize your recovery.
Let Our Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers Help You Today
The day of your child’s birth is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Unfortunately, a dream can turn into a nightmare when doctors are careless and make mistakes. If your child suffered a birth injury in Philadelphia, you may have the right to seek compensation. The birth injury attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help.