When you become sick or injured, you rely upon doctors and hospitals to handle your medical needs – and you trust them to operate in a professional manner and take every precaution to ensure your safety. However, even doctors make mistakes – and when a health care provider fails to meet established standards of medical care due to negligence, lack of communication or diagnostic error, patients can suffer very serious consequences.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by substandard medical care in New York, you may be confused about your rights and overwhelmed with complex treatment plans and long-term medical needs. The New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help. Contact us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.
“If your child has suffered a birth injury, you deserve to understand what caused your baby’s medical condition. If the injury was caused by medical malpractice, the doctor, hospital or staff must be held accountable.”
Medical mistakes are widespread, federal officials say. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that 1.3 million patients are injured each year by medication errors. Hospital infections, many of them preventable, claim about 100,000 lives each year while medical errors by doctors, nurses and other health care officials cause anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 deaths annually.
Our NY attorneys understand that medical malpractice can occur in numerous situations. Common scenarios include:
- Labor and delivery-related injuries;
- Failure to diagnose and treat in a timely manner. This includes all types of cancers, heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism, among other conditions;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Surgical injuries, including those that occur during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, bariatric surgery and other types of procedures;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Medication errors.
At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C., we have extensive experience handling the most difficult malpractice cases, including labor and delivery-related injuries, also known as birth injuries. The birth of a baby should be a joyous occasion, yet experts estimate that 3-5 babies in every 1,000 suffer harm during labor and delivery. All New York doctors and nurses who provide care during labor and delivery are trained to watch out for specific warning signs of distress to either the child or the mother – but if those key signs are missed, dangerous complications can result, including brain injuries with cerebral palsy or Erb’s Palsy.
Brain injuries are among the most common types of birth injury, often caused when medical providers fail to properly assess conditions prior to or during labor. When babies aren’t sufficiently monitored during childbirth, they can suffer from oxygen deprivation. Lack of oxygen causes serious trauma to the brain, including Cerebral Palsy and other long-term functional impairments.
If after the head delivers the baby does not deliver because the shoulder becomes impacted or stuck under the mother’s pelvic bone (a condition known as shoulder dystocia) and lateral traction is applied to the fetal head in an attempt to dislodge the shoulder, the baby may suffer nerve damage, known as Erb’s Palsy. A baby suffering from Erb’s Palsy – also referred to as Brachial Plexus Palsy – may require surgery to recover use of the shoulder, and some cases are too severe for corrective treatment. Erb’s Palsy is a preventable birth injury. Our office has been extremely successful in proving Erb’s Palsy is preventable.
If your child has suffered a birth injury, you deserve to understand what caused your baby’s medical condition. If the injury was caused by medical malpractice, the NY doctor, hospital or staff must be held accountable – and you may be eligible for money damages to help pay for your child’s long-term medical needs.
When you’re fighting for justice on behalf of an injured child, you need the New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. at your side. With more than 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all your legal needs. Call us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!