If you were asked to imagine the worst possible scenario you could face shortly after having had your baby delivered in a Queens hospital, seeing your baby dropped would likely be at the top of the list. Yet with all of the care and delicacy you, your spouse and hospital staff members know that babies require, how could something like this happen? We at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP are here to tell you that such accidents are more common than you may think. The question of liability in such an accident may come down to the nature in which it occurred.
For families that are expecting in New York City (particularly those couples set to become first-time parents), the final few weeks of pregnancy can be filled with excitement. All of those involved look forward to that moment when they realize that it is time to go to the hospital to have their babies. Perhaps that is why few things are more disheartening than making such a visit, only to be then sent home. False labor is common in pregnancy. However, if a woman is sent home when her labor is truly progressing, every minute she and her baby are not being monitored could increase the risk of complications. So when should one be sent home for false labor?
If you have recently discovered that you are expecting, then right now you are probably neck-deep in information about choosing the best healthcare provider in Queens to help see you through your pregnancy. More and more women in recent years have found those to be midwives. Indeed, information shared by The Atlantic shows that in 2013, midwives were the lead providers in 9 percent of the births that occurred in the U.S. Statistics such as this one as well as opinions that others have shared with you have likely got you thinking whether you should select a midwife to help deliver your baby.
Those in Queens that are planning on bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit against providers that they believe were negligent in their delivery of care may be in for a long legal battle. Doctors, hospitals and healthcare organizations rely on their reputations, which is why it may seem to some that they are unwilling to admit when they make mistakes. Plus, such parties typically have the knowledge and resources to argue their points out for as long they think they need to. However, this should not deter those who allegedly suffered at their hands from trying to hold them responsible.
Alternative birthing methods have become increasingly popular in recent years both in New York City and throughout the rest of the U.S. In many cases, couples opt to go with midwives to handle these deliveries as opposed to a doctor. These specialty providers will often deliver babies in hospitals, private clinics or even in people's homes. They are trained specifically in birthing techniques and, while they are required to be licensed, may not be subject to the same standards and scrutiny that traditional providers are. Sadly, when complications do occur in the pregnancies they manage, the outcomes can often be devastating to both mothers and babies.
Like all expectant parents in New York City, your greatest hope is that your unborn child is healthy and progressing in his or her development. To discover that not to be the case at his or her birth can be a devastating shock. Children born with birth defects will often require lifelong care that can exact a heavy financial and emotional toll. Today’s technology allows doctors to spot potential birth defects before a baby is even born. The discovery of such defects may determine how you choose to handle your pregnancy. Yet we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP are often asked if legal recourse is available in cases where the technology used to uncover such issues goes unutilized.
Those first few moments shared between parents and their newborns in Kew Gardens are some that are almost sure to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, they can often be marred if and when babies experience birth injuries during the delivery process. In many cases, those injuries may be minor and could eventually clear up on their own. In others, however, parents may be forced to seek surgical intervention for their newborns and. In some cases, prepare themselves for months or even years of rehabilitation and treatment.
For new parents in New York, perhaps nothing is better than the emotion felt the first time they look into their newborn babies’ faces. Sadly, the joy that comes with delivery can be marred if mothers and/or babies experience complications. One such complication that can affect that first moment shared between parents and babies is a condition known as pediatric facial nerve palsy, or the loss of controllable movement in a baby’s face.
Expectant parents in New York City typically cannot wait for the arrival of their little ones. In some cases, that term is taken literally, as many parents long for the delivery process to begin, both to welcome their newborns and end the physical stress that pregnancy can put on a mother. In such cases, a doctor may feel like inducing labor is warranted. Labor induction is extremely common in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report it as occurring in 23.3 percent of all single birth cases as recently as 2012.
You may hear horror stories about cases where people in Kew Gardens saw their babies sustain injuries due to the use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery. Indeed, many of those that come to see us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP bemoan the fact that assisted delivery is even an option for doctors to consider. However, the fact that tools and procedures have been created to help assist in the delivery process may speak to their need. You simply need to understand when assisted delivery should be considered.