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Brooklyn Birth Injury Lawyer

Brooklyn Birth Injury LawyerDid your child suffer an injury during childbirth or delivery in Brooklyn, NY? Do you suspect that a negligent doctor or healthcare provider was responsible? An experienced Brooklyn birth injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

We have over 25 years of experience helping injured parties across New York City recover fair compensation. Our legal team has recovered tens of millions of dollars to help injured clients get justice.

Our attorneys are ready to stand up and fight for your family. Call (718) 802-1600 or contact our law firm in Brooklyn, New York, today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Birth Injury Claim in Brooklyn

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Birth Injury Claim in BrooklynBirth injuries can be emotionally devastating. They can place your family in a financial struggle while you try to give your child the best life possible. An experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer can make a huge difference during this time.

When you hire the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, you’ll benefit from a lawyer who will handle every aspect of your case. That way, you can spend your time focused on your child.

Our Brooklyn injury lawyers have over 25 years of experience helping people like you fight back. Our founding attorney has been recognized as a National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyer and has won some of the largest settlements and verdicts in New York.

When you hire us, our attorneys will:

  • Determine the exact cause of your child’s injuries
  • Identify all responsible parties
  • Protect you from bad faith insurance tactics and manipulation
  • Calculate the true value of your personal injury claim
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies to maximize your settlement award

Insurance companies often seem sympathetic. That doesn’t mean they’re playing fair. In fact, insurance companies will go to great lengths to downplay the cost of your child’s injuries–and they have teams of experts who will help them pay less than you deserve.

Are you ready to learn more about how we can help your family? Call for a free consultation today.

Overview of Birth Injuries

The birth of a child should be a happy time in your life. Sadly, many parents are unable to experience the joy of bringing a new child into the world because of preventable birth injuries.

A birth injury is any type of injury that occurs during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Some of these injuries can have lasting consequences for both mother and child. While some types of birth injuries develop naturally and are unavoidable, others occur because of a doctor’s mistake.

Medical providers have a duty to monitor the baby during pregnancy and throughout the delivery process. If your doctor, OBGYN, or health care professional fails to provide competent care and injures your child, they can be held liable for medical negligence.

What Are the Different Types of Birth Injury?

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we handle all types of birth injury claims in Brooklyn, including those involving:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Fractures
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Brain injuries
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Hypoxia, which occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen
  • Caput succedaneum, or swelling of the scalp
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Facial paralysis

Unfortunately, some birth injuries are fatal. Our attorneys can help you fight for fair compensation if you lost your child due to wrongful death.

How Common Are Birth Injuries?

Unfortunately, birth injuries remain a common problem in the United States. Some statistics show that for every 1,000 babies born in the U.S., six to eight will suffer a birth injury. That means approximately 76 infants are born with a birth injury every day.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Birth Injuries?

Some birth injuries can be difficult to recognize without medical training. However, some immediate signs that your baby has suffered a birth injury include:

  • Slow breathing
  • Low heart rate
  • Turning blue or very pale
  • A need for resuscitation
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak reflexes
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Extreme irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting, or excessive drooling

Of course, it can be difficult to recognize some of these signs in a newborn baby. In some cases, it can take months to diagnose your child’s birth injury.

Some signs and symptoms to watch for over time include:

  • Seizures
  • Delayed speech
  • Inability to sit or stand
  • Failure to reach developmental milestones
  • Tremors
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Hearing problems
  • Trouble gripping or holding objects
  • Inability to control reflexes and bodily movements

It’s always important to keep a close eye on your child’s development. That way, you can ensure that your child receives the necessary medical attention as quickly as possible.

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Birth Injuries?

The long-term consequences of a birth injury can be overwhelming. Depending upon the type and severity of the injury, birth injury victims may suffer:

  • Loss of motor function
  • Speech impediments
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Other physical problems

Your child could even require specialized education, therapies, surgeries, and even the need for occupational therapies as an adult.

What Causes Most Birth Injuries?

Birth injuries can occur for many different reasons. Doctors and nurses are often tired and overworked. That alone may cause a serious mistake that could alter your child’s life forever.

Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:

  • Failure to monitor the baby during pregnancy
  • Failure to properly monitor mother and child during labor and delivery
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Delayed C-Section or failure to perform a C-Section when called for
  • Improper use of vacuum extractors, forceps, and other medical devices
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to monitor a high-risk pregnancy
  • Failure to obtain a full patient history
  • Inexperienced medical professionals
  • Understaffing
  • Communication failures
  • Failure to diagnose preeclampsia and other dangerous medical conditions

If your child was harmed during labor and delivery, you deserve to know what happened. Our Brooklyn birth injury attorneys can help you identify the cause of your child’s injury and hold the responsible parties accountable.

What is My Brooklyn Birth Injury Case Worth?

The value of your birth injury case will depend heavily on the nature of your child’s injury. Some birth injuries are relatively minor. Others will result in a need for life-long care and ongoing rehabilitation.

For example, the following factors are often relevant in determining how much your personal injury claim is worth:

  • The cost of your child’s medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other expenses
  • Your child’s future need for ongoing therapies and medical care
  • Whether your child will require specialized education or care in a facility
  • How the injury will impact your child’s ability to enjoy a normal childhood
  • The overall impact of the injury on your family’s quality of life
  • Your lost wages and income

It’s important to be cautious when estimating your future costs. Experts and specialists can offer more detailed guidance into the challenges your child might face in the future. Then, our medical malpractice attorneys will be prepared to demand the fair compensation you deserve.

What Compensation Can I Recover for Birth Injuries in Brooklyn, New York?

Several types of damages are available in New York personal injury cases. Most injured parties are entitled to recover money for economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are financial in nature. You’ll establish your right to these damages by presenting receipts, records, and documentation related to your child’s injuries.

Examples include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Long-term care

Examples of your child’s non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of a normal childhood
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Anxiety and depression

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our Brooklyn medical malpractice lawyers are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation your family deserves. To learn more about our experience and how we can help, reach out to schedule a free case review today.

How Long Do I Have to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit in New York?

Most birth injuries occur because of medical negligence. Victims of medical errors typically have two years and six months to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York.

Because your child was under the age of 18 when the injury occurred, however, you’ll have additional time to take legal action. Minors are entitled to file a lawsuit within ten years of the date that they learn about the injury.

Some birth injuries aren’t immediately apparent at birth. In many cases, the family may not even discover the injury until the baby experiences developmental problems.

Contact a Brooklyn Birth Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Was your child harmed because of a medical mistake at birth in Brooklyn or Staten Island? Call a Brooklyn birth injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today. We offer free consultations and would be proud to fight for the fair compensation your family needs.

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