Common Birth Injuries

When you’re having a baby, you want your new arrival to be perfectly happy and healthy. But there is a wide range of potential injuries that can arise during delivery. A birth injury can happen before, during, and after delivery and may be caused by a doctor’s error or other factors. Some of these injuries can heal with time and proper medical care. Other injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities that require years of therapy and intensive medical treatment. Read more

Can Midwives be Liable for Malpractice?

Midwives are becoming a popular alternative to an OB/GYN for many pregnant women. Some women believe that midwives bring a more personal approach to the pregnancy and birth process and prefer the relaxing atmosphere of a birth center rather than a hospital. However, just like physicians, midwives can make mistakes, and they should be held responsible for any injuries that result from their negligence. Read more

Statute of Limitations in a Medical Malpractice Case

A statute of limitations is a law that puts a strict time limit on a victim’s right to file a lawsuit in the civil court system after suffering some type of injury or loss. After the time has expired, the victim loses his or her right to file a lawsuit. There are different deadlines depending on the type of case. The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice suit in New York can be found in New York Civil Practice Law and Rules section 2-14a. Read more

Risk Factors for Erb’s Palsy

  Erb’s palsy is an injury that affects the nerves of an infant’s upper arm. One of the most common causes of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia, which can happen during a difficult delivery. Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s head is delivered, but the shoulders remain stuck inside the mother’s body. An infant’s neck can be stretched to one side, causing temporary or permanent nerve damage. Erb’s palsy can also occur without shoulder dystocia. Read more