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Fatal Birth Injuries

Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Families of Fatal Birth Injuries in Upstate New York, Syracuse and Rochester

The death of a fetus, newborn or mother is a profound shock to any family, especially one that was anticipating the birth of a healthy baby. In the U.S., there are approximately six prenatal deaths or stillbirths per every 1,000 births. The death of the mother is less common; in the U.S., approximately 16 women die per every 100,000 births.

When a mother is fatally injured during birth, the infant and family will suffer. This is a difficult time for the family as it tries to care for the newborn while grieving for the mother. If your family lost a newborn or mother to wrongful death during childbirth, please speak with a birth injury attorney at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers. We have experience with these cases and will treat your family with understanding and care. We know that you may be overwhelmed, but you can rely on us for compassionate legal guidance as we help you consider your future needs.

Representation After the Death of a Mother or Baby

During a birth, wrongful death may be the fault of a doctor, nurse or midwife. We work with medical experts to review the records to determine whether malpractice resulted in wrongful death.

A newborn or mother may suffer fatal injuries during the birthing process for numerous reasons. The most frequent causes include:

  • Prolonged labor
  • Fetal hypoxia
  • Anesthesia errors
  • C-section errors
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Overuse of Pitocin or other labor-inducing drugs
  • Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) injuries
  • Failure to diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
  • Failure to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes
  • Midwife's failure to get mother and baby to a hospital
  • Failure to call a maternal-fetal medicine specialist or neonatologist

The cost of raising a child without a mother can be significant. Before signing hospital documents or accepting a settlement, discuss your case with a lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected. You may be entitled to damages for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, conscious pain and suffering of the deceased, loss of income and the personal loss of a loved one. We will work with economists to determine the value of your past and future losses.

Contact Our Syracuse Wrongful Death Lawyers

To schedule a free consultation, please call 315-479-9000. We offer evening and weekend appointments as well as home and hospital visits.

Client Reviews
"We were very impressed with how Jeff DeFrancisco represented us at trial and we were extremely happy when the jury found in our favor." D.M., Auburn, NY
"I cannot express in words what an awesome job Charlie Falgiatano and Jean Marie Westlake did in representing my family in my mother's case at trial. There can never be enough thank-yous." D.L., Cortland, NY
"I suffered a serious injury as a result of medical malpractice. My husband and I retained Jeff DeFrancisco to assist us in this case. We were extremely happy with his representation and highly recommend him." Kelley R., Syracuse, NY
Since the insurance company was unwilling to settle the matter my case ultimately went to trial. At trial Jeff DeFrancisco did an absolutely amazing job by obtaining a very favorable result for me." T.H., Oneida, NY
"I highly recommend DeFrancisco & Falgiatano - Charlie represented me for a medical malpractice case. He is the best of the best. He is friendly and I am very happy with the representation he provided." Roger N., Oneida, NY