Umbilical Cord-Injury Attorney
If your baby was harmed as a result of preventable umbilical cord problems, you can hold negligent healthcare providers responsible for their actions with help from a New York birth injury lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye.
Birth injuries affect the most vulnerable and the innocent; through no fault of their own, these children face lifelong challenges, often as a result of the improper actions of trusted healthcare professionals. As a parent, you may feel helpless and unsure of the best course of action. As experienced birth injury attorneys who have dedicated our lives’ work to helping families who have suffered the devastating effects of medical malpractice, we can guide you through your legal options.
We’ll answer all of your questions regarding your legal rights and about filing a malpractice lawsuit against those responsible for your child’s injuries. Our attorneys have decades of experience litigating birth injury cases, and we’ll provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to make an informed decision on behalf of your child. Should you choose to pursue justice in a New York court, you’ll be fully backed by our extensive resources and expertise.
Types of umbilical cord problems
A baby’s umbilical cord is about 20 inches long. It connected your precious little one to the placenta, which passed vital oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies to your child and provided him with a foundation for a healthy life. Unfortunately, if your baby suffered umbilical cord problems that were not promptly handled by the attending healthcare professionals, your child was at risk for needless injuries.
There are many umbilical cord problems that can arise during labor and delivery, such as single umbilical cord artery. This is a condition in which the umbilical cord only has one, rather than two umbilical arteries. This problem is associated with a range of fetal abnormalities, including GI defects, renal defects, and more.
Other umbilical cord problems can include:
- Umbilical cord cysts: These growths can be detected during the first trimester. Large cysts indicate the need for a Cesarean delivery.
- Cord varix: This type of cystic dilation can occur in the umbilical vein. It poses a high risk of fetal distress and healthcare experts recommend C-section to prevent potential birth injuries.
- Cord hematoma: This refers to a blood abnormality, sometimes as a result of cord cysts. It is a cause of acute fetal distress and may be detected with Doppler studies. Induced delivery is recommended upon maturity of the fetus.
- Umbilical cord prolapse: This occurs when the umbilical cord is positioned in front of the fetus. If the membranes rupture, the cord can prolapse into the vagina. Commonly the result of poor fetal positioning, it requires prompt diagnosis and emergency delivery. A C-section is called for if signs of fetal distress are observed.
Indications of umbilical cord problems
Often, the indications of umbilical cord problems are detectable with imaging studies during pregnancy. At other times, they are indicated by fetal distress during labor. Healthcare professionals are required to closely monitor the fetal heart rate monitor for signs of fetal distress, and to react promptly if these indications are observed. Fetal distress typically calls for an emergency delivery via C-section.
Attending doctors, nurses or midwives are further required to closely monitor the mother if she is considered to have a high-risk pregnancy, which can lead to umbilical cord problems. A high-risk pregnancy is diagnosed in mothers who are expecting multiples, those who have gone into preterm labor, and those with poor fetal positioning (breech position). Other warning signs include a deficiency of amniotic fluid, an unusually long umbilical cord, and doctor-induced labor that involves the rupturing of the membranes.
When healthcare professionals fail to swiftly diagnose and respond to indications of umbilical cord problems, devastating birth injuries can result. The infant could be stillborn – the worst possible news a parent can receive.
At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to parents who have received this sort of traumatic news. Our medical malpractice lawyers will do everything possible to ensure that the parties responsible are held liable for their negligent actions.
Even when the baby survives umbilical cord problems, he may need ongoing medical care – perhaps for the rest of his life. Birth injuries that can arise from umbilical cord problems include brain damage, resulting from the lack of oxygen to the brain.
Newborns may also be diagnosed with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Organ failure
- Bone fracture
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
These serious birth injuries often entail extensive medical treatment, pharmaceutical costs, surgeries, and lifelong self-care assistance as the child grows up. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit with the help from the caring attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye PLLC can ensure your child receives the financial resources he needs for life.
Medical mistakes by health care providers
Labor and delivery are sensitive procedures that require the watchful presence of highly trained obstetricians and nurses. Unfortunately, many medical malpractice lawsuits in New York have been filed on the basis of poor monitoring and response by these professionals. When healthcare providers fail to monitor the fetal heart rate and promptly summon the doctor for an emergency C-section, the baby can suffer birth injuries.
Other medical mistakes may involve improper prenatal care, particularly as it concerns umbilical cord problems that can be detectable prior to labor, such as single umbilical artery. If the physician fails to order the appropriate tests or otherwise is negligent in prenatal care, the problem may not be diagnosed as quickly as it should have been, delaying care and treatment.
Determining liability in birth injury malpractice cases
Our team of litigators, investigators, and healthcare experts at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will thoroughly analyze medical records and hospital protocols to determine who is at fault for your child’s birth injuries. If you choose to proceed with litigation, we could demand that the doctors, nurses, or hospital be held liable. Prenatal care physicians, anesthesiologists, or even the manufacturer of defective medical equipment could also be named as defendants.
A successful birth injury lawsuit can recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pharmaceutical expenses
- Specialized care, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy
- Special education services
- Pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life
NY birth injury lawyers are on your side
Edelman, Krasin & Jaye personal injury lawyers will review your case at no charge and with no obligation. If our evaluation reveals the basis for filing a birth injury lawsuit against your New York hospital or physicians, we’ll take care of the rest for you. You can concentrate on giving your little one the care he needs while we fight for justice on your family’s behalf. We invite you to explore your financial recovery options by calling us at 800-469-7429.
- NHS, What is the umbilical cord? http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/2299.aspx?categoryid=54
- Medscape, Umbilical Cord Complications, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/262470-overview#a1