Pittsburgh Birth Injury Attorney
Was Your Child the Victim of Labor and Delivery Malpractice?
Both mother and child need strong and attentive care throughout the labor and delivery process, relying on doctors, nurses, OB/GYNs, and other healthcare professionals to have the training and experience to take the right action at the right time. Unfortunately mistakes do happen, and a health provider’s negligent action or inaction can have serious consequences. This is where a Pittsburgh birth injury lawyer can help you.
At Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., we represent medical malpractice cases resulting in birth injury for mothers and children throughout the State of Pennsylvania. We provide experienced attorneys who have the experience and commitment to be effective for your case and aggressively pursue the compensation your family will need now and in the future.
Get the Answers and Support You Need
Even a very serious birth injury may not be immediately apparent, and once you begin to suspect that there may have been malpractice in the delivery room that resulted in a disability or injury it can be hard to get a straight answer from hospitals and doctors. Parents can feel completely left in the dark as they struggle to deal with the consequences of someone else’s mistake.
This is when you should seriously consider working with an experienced and trusted legal professional. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience and a reputation for proven results in medical malpractice cases, and we can take on complex cases involving:
- Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
- Vacuum and forceps extraction
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- OBGYN mistakes
Whether your doctor failed to perform a C-Section in a timely fashion, improperly used forceps or failed to recognize fetal distress during the labor process, we can help you get answers to difficult questions and then pursue compensation as appropriate. The longer you wait to take action, the more difficult your case may become. Do not wait to protect your rights and secure compensation.
What is the Difference Between Birth Injuries & Birth Defects?
A birth injury is a preventable physical injury or condition that a baby suffers during delivery. Typically, birth injuries have a physical cause and are the result of an accident or medical negligence during the birth process.
On the other hand, a birth defect is a physical or medical condition that develops while the baby is growing in the mother’s womb. Birth defects typically have genetic or environmental causes.
Birth Injury Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, there is a strict time limit within which medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits must be filed. Under Pennsylvania law, the statute of limitations on a birth injury is two years from the date the injury was discovered or should have reasonably been discovered. In some cases, it can take time for birth injuries to become apparent, so the discovery rule would extend the statute of limitations.
If your child later decides to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on his or her own behalf, he or she has until age 20 to file a lawsuit.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect for My Birth Injury Case?
While every case is unique, you and your family may be entitled to various forms of compensation for the birth injury. The parents usually recover these damages on behalf of the child, or they may be recovered directly if the mother was the one who suffered the injury.
You can expect to recover the medical expenses that you incurred to treat the injury. You and your baby may also be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. If the mother suffered a birth injury during delivery, she may also be entitled to recover lost wages for missing work during her recovery.
Talk to a Pittsburgh Birth Injury Attorney Today
If you suspect your child has been harmed in a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, call our Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers at 1-800-777-4081 or contact us online. It costs you nothing to meet with an attorney at our convenient Pittsburgh office, or other Pennsylvania locations in New Castle, Hermitage, Butler and Erie.