Any injury or act of medical malpractice can cause permanent damage to victims and their families. But few things are as devastating to families as birth injuries. The hopes that parents have for their children can be taken away in an instant. When the injury was preventable, the situation can be even more difficult for parents.
At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have dedicated our careers to protecting the rights of birth injury victims and their families. We understand that you may not know where to turn or what to do next. After months of anticipation, you are now grieving the loss of the life you wanted for your child. During this time, it is critical that you receive emotional support and experienced legal counsel so you can make decisions that will ensure that your child gets the medical care he or she needs.
Birth Injury Case Results (a few examples)
$4 million settlement for birth injury
$3.5 million settlement for birth injury
Note — Additional compensation was obtained through the New York State Medical Indemnity Fund (MIF) to ensure that the children receive the services they require and deserve.
The Kind of Birth Injuries Representation We Provide
We represent clients in a wide assortment of birth injury and wrongful death cases involving negligent prenatal care, obstetric errors, labor complications and birth delivery trauma. We have represented parents whose children suffered fractures and broken bones during delivery, neurological visual impairment and bacterial infections that went undiagnosed during delivery.
Sometimes, medical providers fail to pick up on conditions that may lead to birth injury, including blood incompatibilities. In other instances, doctors fail to note possible post-term issues when pregnancy lasts longer than 42 weeks.
Other birth issues we handle include:
Failure to monitor acidosis to prevent oxygen deprivation during birth
- Bilirubin-induced neurologic dysfunction (BIND)
- Medical mistakes leading to brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and perinatal asphyxia due to oxygen deprivation
- Caput succedaneum caused by pressure on the baby's scalp during delivery and Horner syndrome due to excessive use of force by the medical staff during childbirth
- Hydrocephalus, or the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid inside the child's skull due to a birth injury
- Hyperbilirubinemia and the failure to timely diagnose jaundice
- Meconium aspiration syndrome arising when the fetus inhales amniotic fluid
- Microcephaly and other infant brain development issues
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) as the result of the mother being prescribed antidepressants or other drugs during pregnancy
Helping You Obtain the Medical Care Your Child Deserves
Few people like the idea of filing a lawsuit, particularly against a doctor or hospital with which they have an existing relationship. However, suing a medical provider for negligence is not about "getting back" at the responsible party. It is about securing the compensation you need to take care of your child and meet his or her specialized medical needs. It can cost up to $1 million to take care of a critically injured baby, excluding damages like lost income and child care costs.
Our Syracuse birth injury lawyers have the experience and skill to assist your family with complex birth injury cases. We work with respected medical experts to review medical records and provide testimony. To determine past and future damages, we also work with life-care planners and economists who help us calculate the full value of your losses. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, special services, lost wages and benefits, long-term care, physical and psychological therapy, pain and suffering, and related expenses.
Birth injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. You pay no fees unless we recover damages for you.
Please Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
To schedule a free consultation, please call 315-479-9000 or contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments as well as home and hospital visits.