Pittsburgh Birth Injury Attorneys Handling Complex Claims
Your child’s case matters to us. Let us protect your family’s rights
When entering a hospital, you trust doctors to uphold safety standards for you and your unborn child. You do not expect labor and delivery negligence. Any injury sustained by an infant during labor or delivery is considered a birth injury. Not all injuries are due to negligence. However, when negligent healthcare providers allow a preventable situation to cause injury to your child, you have every right to hold them accountable and seek justice through legal action.
The Pittsburgh birth injury attorneys at Hal Waldman & Associates have decades of combined experience helping families in Western Pennsylvania navigate these complex cases and secure compensation for all related economic and noneconomic damages. If your child was injured during labor or delivery at UPMC, Allegheny General Hospital, or another medical facility, please contact us to schedule a free evaluation at our Pittsburgh office. We are available any time, day or night, to hear from you about your case.
Types of birth injury claims we handle in Pennsylvania
Birth injuries can happen due to medical malpractice during prenatal care, delivery, or shortly after birth. At Hal Waldman & Associates, we care about your family's well-being and are here to help. Our Pittsburgh birth injury lawyers have years of experience, and we'll support you every step of the way to seek justice and the compensation you deserve for your child. Birth injuries that demand legal action include:
- Brachial plexus injury. This is nerve damage affecting the arm and hand that can occur during birth when there are complications such as shoulder dystocia or difficult delivery, potentially leading to weakness or paralysis in the affected area.
- Spinal cord injury. Excessive force and improper delivery techniques can affect the baby's spinal cord and nervous system. Deliveries involving forceps, vacuum extraction, and breech births are often involved in this type of birth injury.
- Asphyxiation. This refers to a lack of oxygen supply to the body, which can lead to suffocation or oxygen deprivation. Medical professionals should promptly address situations that lead to restricted oxygen flow, such as umbilical cord entanglement or compression. Asphyxiation birth injuries include brain damage or developmental issues.
- Cerebral palsy. This is often caused by medical negligence, leaving children with extensive medical needs that require lifelong care.
- Brain injuries from birth. Oxygen deprivation and other birth injuries can cause severe and permanent brain damage. In many cases, the severity of brain damage is not discovered for months or years after delivery.
- Uterine rupture or rectovaginal fistulas. Uterine rupture is a rare and severe childbirth complication requiring immediate medical intervention. Rectovaginal fistulas involve an abnormal connection between the rectum and vagina, which may cause unintended passage of stool or gas.
- Epilepsy. A neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, epilepsy could be caused during birth due to oxygen deprivation or brain trauma.
- HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy) and Hypoxia. When the umbilical cord tangled around the infant cuts the oxygen supply from the brain, a bacterial infection or placenta damage hypoxia may occur. In severe cases, hypoxia leads to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or “HIE,” essentially brain cell death. The longer this happens, the more potential for severe and long-term brain damage.
- Disfigurement. A medical professional could unintentionally disfigure a newborn during delivery through improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction, potentially causing facial or cranial injuries such as bruising, swelling, or misshapen features.
Newborn injury attorneys in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Our Pittsburgh birth injury lawyers are here to support parents whose newborns have been harmed due to medical mistakes. We serve communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. The team at Hal Waldman & Associates fights relentlessly to hold accountable those responsible, including obstetricians, nurses, and hospitals, if inadequate care was provided.
Our skilled Pittsburgh birth injury attorneys are ready to assist your family from start to finish. Contact us today for a no-cost case consultation and begin the process of seeking justice for your child's birth injury.