Detecting Birth Injuries
Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorneys
In some cases, a
birth injury can be caused by the natural birthing process. Other times, it is the
result of medical negligence on the part of the obstetric professionals.
The problem with birth injuries is that some are immediately evident,
and others may not be diagnosed until days or even years after your child’s birth.
types of birth injuries that are most apparent immediately following the birth of your child include:
- Forcep marks
- Swelling of the scalp
- Facial paralysis
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage (ruptures to the tiny blood vessels in your
Sadly, severe injuries like
Cerebral Palsy or
Erb’s Palsy may not surface until later in your child’s life.
Many potential birth injuries and other serious conditions can be detected
with a simple blood test or through an ultrasound. The most common prenatal
screening tests look for markers or evidence of the following:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Tay-Sachs Disease
- Canavan’s Disease
- Down syndrome
- Spina bifida
Your doctors, nurses and obstetricians owe you a certain standard of care.
If your baby was born with an injury that could have been prevented or
detected through proper screening, you deserve to be fairly compensated.
Not because money will necessarily heal your new baby right away, but
because their birth injury will likely require extensive and long-term
medical care and that is expensive. Your child and your family should
not have to struggle because of someone else’s negligence.
If you believe your child has suffered a birth injury, please contact Golomb
& Honik using the form on the left side of the page or
call 215-278-4449 today to
schedule your free medical malpractice consultation. Golomb & Honik serve clients nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia,