Pennsylvania Birth Injury Attorney
Birth Injury Claims in Harrisburg, Lancaster & Beyond
The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion but, unfortunately, many newborns and their parents are left facing the consequences of a medical professional’s mistake. If you or your child suffered an injury at birth or has been diagnosed with a medical condition stemming from a birth injury, our firm can help you seek the justice you deserve.
Since 1888, Metzger Wickersham has been fighting for the rights of people throughout Pennsylvania. We understand the devastating experience you are going through, and we want to help. Our Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers have extensive experience representing injured children, their parents, and mothers who have suffered severe, debilitating injuries due to the negligence of doctors, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, and other medical professionals. Our firm has successfully recovered favorable settlements for countless clients and, when necessary, we are ready to take our clients’ cases to trial.
Please note: When in the best interest of the client, birth injury cases may be referred to other law firms.
How Do Birth Injuries Happen?
While some accidents are truly unpreventable, many birth injuries occur because doctors, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, and other medical professionals are negligent or make mistakes.
Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Failure to monitor the mother or infant’s vital signs
- Failure to identify/respond to signs of fetal distress
- Prolonged labor
- Premature (early) childbirth
- Large babies
- Lack of oxygen during labor/delivery
- Failure to order a timely cesarean section (C-section)
- Improper use of forceps, vacuums, and other assistive devices
- Failure to recognize complications, such as an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck
- Failure to order a C-section with breech presentation
In some cases, birth injuries are caused by improper care during pregnancy. Examples include failing to properly manage maternal conditions, such as preeclampsia, or failure to diagnose/treat maternal infections and other potentially harmful conditions.
If you believe that your child was harmed due to a medical professional’s negligence or malpractice on the part of a hospital or similar medical facility, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Reach out to our Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers at Metzger Wickersham to learn more.
Proving a Doctor’s Negligence
It can be extremely difficult to prove a birth injury case. Like other types of medical malpractice claims, it is not enough to prove that a doctor or another healthcare provider failed to treat a natural condition that led to your baby’s injuries. Instead, you must prove that the doctor, nurse, obstetrician, or medical provider failed to uphold the standard of acceptable care. This means that they failed to provide the same level of treatment and care that another qualified medical professional would have provided in the same or similar circumstances.
Doctors, hospitals, and other medical providers have large, powerful defense teams on their side. It is important that you also have a legal team that is ready to fight for you. At Metzger Wickersham, we represent individuals and families who have suffered unimaginable hardships due to the failure of trusted healthcare providers. Our Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers are ready to stand up for you and your rights.
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Knowing that your child suffered needlessly because of a medical professional’s negligence or wrongful conduct can feel unbearable. Allow our team at Metzger Wickersham to fight for the justice you and your family deserve. We bring a longstanding history of more than 130 years spent serving the people of Pennsylvania to our practice, as well as a reputation for compassionate client service and aggressive trial advocacy. We have the experience, resources, and know-how to guide you through the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
With offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and York, we are able to assist you wherever you are located. We can even travel to your home or visit you in the hospital if needed.