Law Offices of Neil Kalra, PC. Personal Injury lawyer in Forest, Hills, Queens, New York, specializing in personal injury cases. Practice areas include car and motor vehicle accidents, Nursing Home abuse and injuries, medical malpractice,construction accidents, HMO liability, lead paint poisoning, slip and fall accidents, burn injuries,  and other areas.


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Motor Vehicle Collisions: what to do
Burn Injuries
Construction Injuries
Fall Down Injuries: what to do if you have an accident

Nursing Home Abuse and Injuries: what to look for
Birth Related Injuries
Lead Paint Poisoning
HMO Liability
 
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Birth Related Injuries

A “Birth Injury” is defined as any type of damage to an infant’s to an infant’s body before, during, or just after birth. Statistics show that approximately 27 of every 1000 births in the United States results in a birth injury. Birth injuries vary greatly- from very minor to being so severe as to cause the death of an infant. The most serious birth injuries involve damage to the infant’s brain, causing brain damage, traumatic brain injury, seizures, and mental retardation.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a permanent and irreversible crippling condition that affects the central nervous system. Most victims develop the disability before birth or shortly after. While cerebral palsy can occur under the best medical care, many cases can be caused by negligence at the time of birth or during the newborn period before the child leaves the hospital. If this is the case, there may be grounds for a lawsuit for damages. Cerebral palsy victims require specialized care and therapy and will need assistance throughout their lives, depending on the severity of the disorder. Added to the cost of such intensive long term care is the loss of enjoyment of life that the victim experiences.

Anything that interferes with the development of the nervous system, or causes oxygen or nutrition to the brain to fail can contribute to contribute to cerebral palsy. At the time of birth, oxygen loss can occur from uncorrected problems with the umbilical cord, damage to the placenta, which causes the blood supply to the fetus to be compromised, or fetal distress arising from the fetus being stuck in the birth canal. After birth, especially, in premature births, cerebral palsy can arise from untreated complications with the cardiovascular, respiratory, or digestive systems and from untreated seizures. In all these cases, it is possible that damage could have been avoided or that improper medical procedures contributed to the problem.

Some situations that can cause or contribute to Cerebral Palsy include:

  • A treating physician/ obstetrician’s failure to recognize the need to provide adequate oxygen to the baby, such as by caesarean section, or unreasonable delay in performing the procedure
  • A mother’s use of harmful prescription drug during pregnancy
  • Prolonged bleeding in the baby’s brain after delivery, usually due to head trauma
  • Extremely premature birth

Symptoms:

  • A treating physician/ obstetrician’s failure to recognize the need to provide adequate oxygen to the baby, such as by caesarean section, or unreasonable delay in performing the procedure
  • Seizures
  • Delayed or abnormal development in terms of rolling over, crawling, smiling and talking
  • Abnormal or decreased muscle tone
  • Unusual posture
  • Paralysis
  • Mental retardation

Erbs (or Brachial) Palsy

Erbs (or Brachial) palsy occurs in about two out of every 1,000 deliveries, when a baby suffers injury to the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that travel from the spinal cord up the arm, supplying the arms and hands. Erbs palsy happens most often during delivery when excessive pressure is put on the baby’s head, neck, or shoulder and the brachial plexus is simply stretched too far until important nerves are torn or ruptured.

Some situations that can cause or contribute to Erbs Palsy include:

  • During delivery when excessive pressure is put on the baby’s head, neck, or shoulder because of difficulty delivering the shoulder area (known as "shoulder dystocia”)
  • Failure to recognize that a caesarean section should have been performed based on the baby’s size.
  • When forceps or vacuum devices are used with too much pressure during delivery.

Symptoms:

  • Paralysis or limpness in a baby’s arm
  • Limited or no movement in hands and fingers
  • Loss of sensation in the hand and fingers
  • Often the baby will simply hold the affected arm very close to the body, and will appear to move the arm itself, the hands, or the fingers.

Is Erbs Palsy preventable?

Modern medical techniques make Erbs Palsy largely preventable. Of course, not all cases of Erbs Palsy are the result of medical negligence. But some are. A parent should consider the possibility that a doctor may not have done all that is possible to prevent Erbs Palsy and at least make an inquiry into their rights and the rights of their child.


The Neil Kalra law offices in Forest Hills Queens, New York specializes in personal injury cases. Our practice areas include car and motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, abuse and injuries, lead paint poisoning, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, HMO liability and other areas.

Contact the Law Offices of Neil Kalra (in Forest Hills, Queens, New York) immediately if you feel you have been hurt by the fault of another. Call (718) 897-2211. Remember, if you don’t know your rights, then you have no rights.

 
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