Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer
Fighting for a Fair Recovery for You & Your Child
The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion but, when something goes
wrong, parents find themselves facing an incredibly stressful and uncertain
future. Almost 28,000 infants are born with a birth injury every year.
Many times, these injuries are entirely avoidable. Understanding how these injuries develop and what legal steps you should
take are essential if you or your child has suffered a birth injury.
At The Villari Firm, PLLC, we firmly believe that no family should have
to suffer the impact of severe birth trauma to their child, but when these
devastating events do occur, our Philadelphia birth injury attorney fights
tirelessly for the mothers, fathers, and babies who have had their lives
permanently altered. With over two decades of trial experience and
more than $125 million recovered for her clients, Heidi Villari can help you fight for the justice you and your family are owed.
While no amount of compensation can ever make up for what you have gone
through, a fair recovery can allow you to obtain critical medical treatment,
provide a better life for your child, and heal.
If you believe your child’s injuries, condition, or death was caused
by medical negligence, contact The Villari Firm, PLLC for a free consultation.
Call (215) 372-8889.
What Is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is defined as any physical damage suffered by the infant
or mother either before, during, or immediately after labor or delivery,
and can range in severity from mild to life-threatening.
Unfortunately, many birth injuries are preventable and directly correlated to
medical malpractice. When a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff member does not respond
to events in the delivery room appropriately, the infant and mother may
suffer serious harm.
Examples of medical malpractice in the delivery room include, but are not
limited to, the following:
- Failure to monitor the infant for signs of fetal distress
- Failure to order an emergency C-section when necessary
- Improper use of birth-assistance devices
- Pulling or twisting the infant too hard
Additionally, we provide legal counsel and
representation for mothers who suffered injuries such as hemorrhaging or placental abruption (rupture),
as well as the surviving family members of mothers who died due to medical
malpractice/negligence during labor or delivery.
The bottom line is, many birth injuries happen at the hands of medical
providers who should have known better. Therefore, it’s important
for you to stay informed of your rights if you or your child was injured.
The Difference Between Birth Injuries & Birth Defects
Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects. A birth injury is physical
trauma suffered by the infant or mother during the birth procees, and
is often the result of a medical provider's mistake or failure to act.
A birth defect is caused by a genetic predisposition, or in some cases,
is a side-effect of certain medications.
Common types of birth injuries include
Our Philadelphia birth injury attorney has successfully represented clients
in a wide variety of birth injury cases, including those that involved
temporary or permanent injuries, substantial damages, and death.
Call (215) 372-8889 to speak to our experienced trial lawyer to find
out if your child's injuries qualify for compensation!
Signs Your Child Suffered a Birth Injury
Some birth injuries present symptoms immediately while others may not be
noticeable for days, weeks, or months. Keep an eye out for the following
warning signs if you suspect a birth injury:
- Soft bulges in the baby’s head
- The inability to suck
- An arched back while crying
- Spastic motions or seizures
missed developmental milestones are a red flag. If your child does not meet the following milestones by
two months of age, a birth injury may be causing a delay in their development:
- Begins to smile at people
- Tries to look at parent
- Coos and makes gurgling sounds
- Begins to follow things with eyes
- Can hold head up and begins to push when lying on stomach
The most egregious injustice in this situation is that, most of the time,
birth injuries are entirely preventable when healthcare providers act
with the professionalism and care that they should. This is why you should
not hesitate to seek justice and fair compensation if your child has suffered
Can Birth Injuries Be Treated?
Depending on the birth injury, there are several ways that they can be
treated. A healthcare provider will be able to inform you of which option
will be the best treatment.
In some cases, birth injuries can be treated with:
- Physical therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Neonatal therapeutic hypothermia
- Occupational therapy
While some birth injuries may resolve with proper treatment, others may
last the remainder of a child’s life. Permanent or long-lasting
birth injuries often amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical
bills and lost wages. These injuries can also have a severe emotional
toll on the child and their family.
How to Have a Successful Birth Injury Case
In order to prove that your child’s birth injury could have been
prevented with proper care – in other words, that the injury was
caused by medical negligence – you will need to show that:
- The medical practitioner had a duty to provide an acceptable standard of care;
- The medical practitioner failed in this duty;
- You (or your child) suffered an injury; and
- The injury occurred as a result of the medical provider's negligence.
Our Philadelphia birth injury lawyer,
Heidi G. Villari, has experience on both sides of medical malpractice. This experience
has provided her with in-depth insight into the lengths doctors and hospitals
will go to in order to protect those accused of negligence. This invaluable
understanding of how the other side works—and, therefore, what it
takes to fight back—is something many other law firms do not have.
Additionally, we work with a team of leading experts, including doctors
and legal authorities, to investigate and prepare cases for our clients.
At The Villari Firm, PLLC, we spare no expense and go to great lengths
in order to help our clients secure the recoveries they deserve. We are
here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and fight for you
throughout every stage of the legal process.
There are no fees unless/until we recover compensation for you. Call (215) 372-8889 or
contact us online to get started with a free case review today.