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Birth Injuries

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The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous time—a time to celebrate a new life. Sadly, for thousands of families, those feelings of happiness are overshadowed by fear and worry when a baby suffers from a serious birth injury.

Even more tragic is that many birth injuries suffered by infants and mothers before, during and after labor and delivery are caused by a doctor's inexperience or negligence. And those birth injuries are preventable.

Was your child diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy, or shoulder dystocia following a vaginal delivery where forceps or other instruments were used? Were you or your baby seriously injured because of pre-eclampsia? If so, you may have a medical malpractice case and be entitled to legal compensation.

Cerebral Palsy

It's a diagnosis that no parent wants to hear: Your child has Cerebral Palsy. Even more heartbreaking is when the condition was the result of a birth injury caused by the negligence or inexperience of an attending physician.

Cerebral Palsy—a condition that effects muscle movement, development and control—is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain. Brain damage that causes Cerebral Palsy can happen before, during or even after delivery.

In the most severe cases, it can effect intellectual development and motor skills. Some children who suffer from Cerebral Palsy will never be able to walk.

Risk factors for Cerebral Palsy include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Assisted delivery (instruments such as forceps and/or a vacuum was used)
  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Detachment of the placenta
  • Uterine ruptures

If any of these risks were a factor in your pregnancy or delivery and your child was diagnosed with spastic, athetoid or ataxic Cerebral Palsy, you could be eligible for money to pay for medical bills, adaptive equipment, and parents' lost wages.

You could have a medical malpractice case if your doctor:

  • Failed to recognize signs of fetal distress and order a timely Caesarian section
  • Failed to properly monitor the fetal heartbeat
  • Failed to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Negligently used forceps or other tools such as vacuums to assist in a difficult delivery
  • Failed to treat infection or pre-eclampsia (also referred to as toxemia) before or during delivery

Parents of children suffering from Cerebral Palsy have many important questions: Who will pay for wheelchairs, and the home renovations and vehicles that can accommodate them if my child can't walk? Who will pay for speech, occupational and physical therapy? How will I support my family if I am unable to work because I need to care for my injured child?

Our experienced legal team has been standing up for the rights of injured people for more than three decades. We see how the cards are stacked against ordinary families going though extraordinary medical ordeals—ones that often have life-long effects.

Let Edgar Snyder & Associates help you get you the money your family deserves. You have nothing to lose but your worries because there's never a fee unless we get money for you.

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Shoulder Dystocia

Is your newborn struggling with shaking or paralysis after being diagnosed with nerve damage caused by shoulder dystocia following a complicated birth? If so, you could be entitled to legal compensation.

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby's head exits the birth canal, but the shoulders get stuck inside. The condition is most prevalent in:

  • Infants with high birth weights
  • Children who were delivered with the assistance of tools such as forceps or a vacuum
  • Deliveries where the mother received an epidural
  • In cases where the mother is obese

Sadly, shoulder dystocia is often caused by doctor negligence or inexperience. You may have a medical malpractice case if your doctor failed to recommend or schedule a C-section, or if your child suffered a forceps injury or was injured by another tool used to assist in a difficult delivery.

Medical malpractice victims only have a limited time to file a legal claim so it's important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Don't delay—call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review.

When you have a sick or injured child, we understand you have enough to deal with. You shouldn't have to fight for money you—and your family—deserve to pay for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us help.

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Brachial Plexus (Erb's Palsy)

If your baby was born with paralysis of the arm because of an injury to the brachial plexus—a group of nerves in the neck and shoulders that run down the arms—you could be entitled to legal compensation to help pay for medical bills and more.

Also referred to as Erb's Palsy, brachial plexus injuries frequently occur when:

  • An infant's head or neck is pulled or stretched during a difficult or breech birth
  • An infant's shoulder is stretched in a traditional delivery
  • Too much pressure is put on the baby's shoulders during a breech (feet-first) delivery

The result can be partial or even total paralysis, which can require physical therapy, adaptive equipment, or painful surgeries involving nerve transfers.

If your baby was born breech, was a larger-than-average newborn, or if there were shoulder dystopia concerns during delivery, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to determine if you have a medical malpractice claim.

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It happens in a blur: You go to a scheduled prenatal exam and you tell your doctor that you've felt a little off. You've had a headache, shortness of breath, and swelling.

Your doctor sees that your blood pressure is elevated and tells you a C-section is needed immediately. You're suffering from a condition called pre-eclampsia (and sometimes referred to as toxemia), and it affects nearly 300,000 pregnant women each year.

Sadly, doctors don't always properly recognize or treat pre-eclampsia, which can result in serious and sometimes life-changing adverse effects including seizures, brain damage, and maternal and/or fetal death.

You could be eligible for legal compensation if your doctor:

  • Failed to screen for pre-eclampsia despite the presence of common symptoms
  • Failed to diagnose pre-eclampsia despite the presence of protein in urine and blood tests
  • Did not recommend or schedule an emergency C-section

If you or your baby suffered a pre-eclampsia injury that you believe was the fault of a negligent or inexperienced medical professional, call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review.

Birth injuries are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases and often involve medical experts, complex legal paperwork, and strict deadlines. Don't go it alone and risk your family's financial future and mental well-being. You need a legal team that will do all the heavy lifting so you can concentrate on health and wellbeing of you and your family.

Don't wait—call us today for a free case review. You have nothing to lose. There's never a fee unless we get money for you.

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