New York Infant Brain Injury Attorneys

brain-injury-attorneyThe brain is a complicated and delicate organ that serves many important functions in the body. The slightest injury or damage to the brain can result in a lifetime of injuries and expenses for the victim. When the victim is a newborn or infant, the parents can have many questions about the injury and how it will affect their child’s future. The parents may feel scared and alone.

The infant brain injury attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience helping numerous children affected by birth injuries and brain damage caused by the negligent actions of healthcare professionals. Our experienced and knowledgeable legal team in New York treats each client and their family members with the compassion and respect they deserve in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to.

Causes of Infant Brain Damage

Infant brain damage can be caused in various ways. Some common causes include:

  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Infant jaundice
  • Physical trauma suffered during labor and delivery
  • Infections in the mother’s body

Regardless of what caused the infant brain damage, the resulting damage can range in severity and can lead to various disabilities and psychological issues for both the victim and his or her loved ones. If you suspect that your infant suffered brain damage as a result of the negligence of healthcare professionals, the medical malpractice attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have the knowledge, experience and financial resources to help you and your loved one obtain the full compensation that you deserve.

Signs and Symptoms of Infant Brain Injury

A child who experiences a birth injury that causes brain damage is one of the most devastating realities of life. There are many indicators that suggest an injury has occurred as a result of improper medical care or insult to the brain during the birthing process. These include:

  • Poor sucking after birth
  • Seizure within the first 24 to 48 hours of life
  • The child is floppy at birth
  • The infant’s skin is blue or dusky at birth
  • The infant needs resuscitation at, or shortly after, birth because he or she is not breathing
  • The baby who was born full-term, but does not go home at the same time as the mother
  • There is no family history of brain damage or low IQ
  • An uncomplicated pre-natal course
  • The mother’s water was ruptured for more than 24 hours and there is meconium (fecal) staining on the baby at the time of delivery.

The Expenses of Infant Brain Damage

Every infant brain damage case is different and every child will require different degrees of care depending on the severity of damage to their brain. For instance, if your child’s brain injury involved a fracture of the skull, there will be some up-front expenses and your child will likely heal without permanent damage.

However, if your child’s brain damage was caused by the lack of oxygen for more than five minutes, the resulting brain damage can be severe and will most likely result in a lifetime of expenses for adaptive equipment, in-home care, institutionalization and other unforeseen costs. Other expenses commonly associated with severe brain damage include:

  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • X-rays and CT scans
  • Psychiatric support
  • Speech therapy

What To Do If You Suspect Infant Brain Damage

In cases of infant brain damage, the labor and delivery records must be examined for irregular readings on the fetal heart monitor, meconium staining and fetal scalp blood pH determination. The labor records must show that a trained health care professional was available to activate the fetal heart monitor, inspect and analyze the strip continuously and intervene when fetal distress is observed.

There is a long history of linking oxygen deprivation and the pH reading to babies born with brain damage. If the pH levels are too low, it will establish fetal distress and in many cases an immediate C-section should follow. The medical providers caring for the expectant mother and the fetus are responsible to assure that they provide adequate care during the pregnancy, during labor and delivery and immediately after the delivery of the infant.

How an Attorney Can Help

Successfully handling personal injury cases involving infant brain damage can be complicated. The attorney handling your case will need to not only have knowledge about the law, but also have knowledge about the medical aspects of the brain injury.

The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have the knowledge, experience and financial resources to make sure that you can make provisions for your child who may need lifelong care as a result of the brain damage that he or she suffered. When we take your case, we spend the time and effort to get to know you and your child. This is a critical step because it will allow us to understand the special needs required by your child. Our firm is recognized as one of the nations best medical malpractice law firms.

Experienced New York Infant Brain Injury Attorneys Who Can Help

If your child has suffered a brain damage during his first few hours out of the womb because of the negligent actions of healthcare professionals, you may not even want to think about your legal options.  However, it is important to know that the law does provide you with legal course to help you seek justice against the parties responsible for the brain injuries suffered by your loved one.

The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have over 30 years of experience in pursuing justice on behalf of individuals harmed by medical malpractice. Our legal team will take every step necessary to secure not only financial compensation but also accountability and justice.

Call Us

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced attorneys in New York, please call us at 1-800-529-9997 or fill out a New York Personal Injury Case Consultation form. We handle personal injury cases in New York and New Jersey.

 

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