There is nothing more stressful than realizing your child suffered a birth injury that could affect the rest of his or her life. If you believe your child’s birth injury was a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Rochester birth injury lawyers can meticulously review the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. We understand how to advocate for victims of medical malpractice in an effective and efficient manner.
A stroke is considered a fetal stroke when it takes place anywhere between 14 gestational weeks of age and delivery. Fetal strokes are caused by restricted blood flow in the brain, which can result in the death of brain cells and lead to permanent brain damage. The consequences of such brain damage can include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cognitive impairment. Fetal strokes can be classified in one of two ways:
- Hemorrhagic strokes, which occur when trauma causes damage to the brain’s blood vessels; and
- Ischemic strokes, which take place when clots obstruct brain arteries.
Medical professionals in New York and across the United States have a duty to provide competent care that minimizes the risk of injury. Fetal stroke can have a number of causes, one of them being medical malpractice. Medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional or health care facility fails to care for someone in accordance with the accepted standards of the medical profession, and the patient is injured, becomes ill, or suffers a worsening of a condition or illness as a result. For example, birth trauma through the inappropriate use of vacuum extractors and forceps may be a contributing factor. It is important to note that trauma is more likely to occur during breech or any difficult labor. While moving through a birth canal, a baby’s nerves may be damaged through pressure to the cranium or facial muscles.
The cost of caring for a child with cerebral palsy or any other neurological problems can be extremely high. As a result, New York law allows victims of birth injuries to recover compensation if medical malpractice is established in a given case. The compensation is typically for expenses such as medical care, lost income, costs of future care, rehabilitation costs, and any other losses arising from the malpractice. Each case is unique, and the precise amount of compensation a plaintiff will be entitled to receive will vary based on the specific harm suffered in the case.
The complications of fetal stroke can be severe and lifelong. If your child has suffered a birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned birth injury attorneys will make every effort to protect your rights throughout the entire legal process. You can rest assured that we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. To speak to one of our attorneys about your case, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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