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Birth Injury

Difficult deliveries in New Orleans always carry a risk of injury to a newborn and its mother, and one of the more common complications of a delivery is Shoulder Dystocia, where the baby’s head is able to exit the birth canal, but one shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s public bone.

Because of the risk of compression of the umbilical cord, Shoulder Dystocia is an emergency that must be corrected quickly, otherwise there are risks of oxygen deprivation (hypoxia), which can lead to cerebral palsy and even more serious problems.

But in taking steps to assist the baby through the birth canal, additional injuries can result. Damage to the nerve cluster in the shoulder, called the brachial plexus, can cause conditions like Erb’s Palsy, which can leave your child’s arm paralyzed.

Expensive interventions like surgery or long term physical therapy may be required to regain some or all function, but not all children with Erb’s Palsy will regain use of their arm. There are lifelong ramifications for a child born with Erb’s Palsy.

Families dealing with birth injuries related to Shoulder Dystocia have every right to protect themselves and especially their child when it comes to the prospect of a lifetime of disability and medical costs.

The Gertler Law Firm helps families who’ve been injured when their healthcare team wasn’t prepared for a difficult delivery. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 and speak to an experienced New Orleans Shoulder Dystocia attorney to learn what your options are when your child has been injured.

Your New Orleans OB/GYN should have evaluated your risk factors and attempted to assess whether your baby was large for its gestational age, a condition called macrosomia.

In cases where expectant mothers experience gestational diabetes, begin pregnancy obesity or gain excessive weight during the pregnancy, have a history of macrosomia, or have other risk factors for developing a baby who is too large to be delivered through the birth canal, ultrasounds can be used to estimate fetal size.

When macrosomia is suspected, nonstress tests are used to periodically monitor your baby’s health as your due date approaches.

When a baby is too large to fit through the mother’s birth canal, both mother and baby are at higher risk for injuries, including shoulder dystocia for the baby, and emergency C-section for the delivery.

If you displayed risk factors that your physician didn’t evaluate properly and you or your child experienced injury from macrosomia, you may have grounds to pursue compensation.

The Gertler Law Firm has some of the New Orleans’ most experienced attorneys focusing on medical malpractice and birth injury compensation related to macrosomia. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans macrosomia injury attorney.

When a pregnant woman’s blood glucose levels remain consistently high during the pregnancy, she has gestational diabetes. While the risks to a developing baby are not usually as severe as other conditions may cause, one serious risk is that the extra glucose available to the fetus will result in a baby so large it can’t fit through the birth canal.

For women in New Orleans who intended to deliver naturally, and who intended to deliver their subsequent children without a C-section, untreated gestational diabetes can represent a significant injury to them.

Women count on their physicians to diagnose and treat common medical conditions during pregnancy so every precaution can be taken to protect their babies.

Because gestational diabetes is so common, testing should be a routine part of your prenatal care. If your test results showed markers for gestational diabetes and your doctor simply missed it, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

At The Gertler Law Firm, our experienced team of attorneys offers you a free, no risk consultation to evaluate whether you need an attorney for Gestational Diabetes misdiagnosis. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 and talk to an experienced New Orleans medical malpractice attorney today.

Premature births carry enormous risks for newborns, including internal bleeding and necrotizing enterocolitis, a bowel infection common in pre-term babies.

While medical professionals are supposed to assess expectant mothers for problems that may lead to a premature birth, and take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the risk, problems with maternal health are too often overlooked by busy doctors and their staff.

When your doctor in the New Orleans area missed important health information that resulted in a premature birth and internal bleeding in your baby, you may be eligible for compensation based on a medical malpractice claim.

The only way to know for sure is to consult with experienced New Orleans birth injury attorneys who can properly evaluate your case and help you understand your options going forward.

At The Gertler Law Firm, we provide everyone with a free, confidential consultation with an experienced attorney who understands the struggles that families face after a medical malpractice event has left a newborn injured.

Call us today at (504) 581-6411 to speak to an experienced attorney if your baby had internal bleeding and necrotizing enterocolitis at birth.

Babies who are born prematurely face a high risk of complications from a variety of factors. For one, your newborn’s lungs may not yet be mature enough to deliver oxygen to their brain, creating the potential for brain damage and lifetime disability and developmental delays.

Pre-term babies’ hearts are also often immature, with persistent openings between the heart’s blood vessels. The condition, patent ductus arteriosus, can lead to heart failure.

For these reasons and many other potential pre-term complications, doctors are required by law to fully assess maternal health and take precautions to limit the risk of premature birth.

From bed rest orders, to sutures applied early in the pregnancy to maintain the integrity of the cervix, to drugs that can be administered when there are signs of pre-term labor, doctors have an arsenal of tools at their disposal to protect both mother and baby from the risks associated with premature birth.

When doctors fail to properly diagnose an underlying maternal health issue, the result can be an unnecessary premature birth and the dangers that come with it.

Because of the importance of proper diagnosis and planning for delivery, patients and their babies who have been harmed by medical errors and missed diagnoses may have a medical malpractice claim in New Orleans.

The attorneys at The Gertler Law Firm provide everyone with a free, confidential consultation to evaluate the facts of your case and help you understand your options. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 and speak to an experienced New Orleans attorney than can help with injuries caused by a premature birth.

Medical mistakes are a common cause of Cerebral Palsy in newborns in New Orleans.

Doctors and hospitals who fail to properly diagnose illnesses in the mother, provide timely Cesarean sections, appropriately plan for delivery of babies who may be too large for vaginal delivery, or who don’t detect problems like prolapsed umbilical cords may create conditions where the baby’s brain is starved of oxygen, resulting in lifelong deficits in motor function and coordination.

Cerebral palsy occurs in as many as four out of 1,000 births in the United States, and while not every case represents medical errors, in too many instances, faster responses, better planning, or different delivery approaches would spare a family and a child a lifetime of disability.

If you believe that your doctor or hospital in New Orleans made mistakes that led to hypoxia during pregnancy or delivery and Cerebral Palsy in your child, you may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim that can help protect other families from a similar outcome.

The attorneys at The Gertler Law Firm have years of experience fighting for families whose lives have been upended by medical negligence.

Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with a professional and experienced lawyer if your baby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

If your baby suffered from oxygen deprivation, known as hypoxia, during delivery in New Orleans and you believe your physician either failed to act, or took incorrect steps to prevent or treat the situation, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

These cases are especially tragic when the victim of negligent or reckless healthcare practitioners are newborn babies, who may face a lifetime of disabilities or developmental delays as a result of carelessness during delivery.

At The Gertler Law Firm, our attorneys are birth injury and medical malpractice experts, and can fully evaluate the facts of your case to give you a true picture of your situation.

When we help parents with a birth injury in the New Orleans area, we know that we aren’t just representing you, but that we are also giving voice to your baby, and protecting others who may be under that doctor’s care from injury, as well.

When you have reason to believe that your doctor’s decisions caused hypoxia to your baby during delivery in New Orleans, call us at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced birth injury and medical malpractice attorney.

The costs associated with emergency healthcare in New Orleans have the potential to bankrupt families, and that’s never more true than when the victim is a newborn who was injured during birth.

When your doctor’s negligence in delaying necessary procedures like a C-section resulted in injury to your baby, you should take every step to protect your financial well being and ensure that your child will have access to all the medical resources they’ll need to heal and develop as normally as possible.

At The Gertler Law Firm, we work with families who have suffered injuries through negligence, incompetence, or recklessness in the practice of medicine.

While the stories that families bring to us are often heartbreaking, we know that by taking a stand, their efforts help ensure that dangerous doctors will be held accountable, and children’s futures will be protected.

When your baby has been hurt by a negligent doctor in New Orleans, call The Gertler Law Firm at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans birth injury and medical malpractice attorney.

When doctors in New Orleans fail to deliver the highest quality medical care to their patients, injuries and even death can result.

When the victim is a baby who is harmed by delays in treatment after fetal distress was obvious, a joyous event can become devastating as families endure the emotional roller coaster of intensive medical interventions for their baby, and try to deal with the financial costs associated.

Birth injuries that harm babies are some of the most significant medical errors families can experience, because they can rob a person of a lifetime of potential, and saddle families with outstanding burdens for decades to come.

There is no amount of money that can truly compensate a family when it comes to injuries a newborn has received, but when healthcare professionals fail to act in a timely way to prevent injury, it is important that your child’s rights and future are protected.

At The Gertler Law Firm, we provide the very highest quality legal representation to families dealing with the aftermath of medical errors and negligence.

We know how confusing this time can be, and we work closely with you to see that your goals are fully represented in your case and that your rights – and the rights of your baby – are protected.

Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans birth injury and medical malpractice attorney.

While many women in New Orleans are able to successfully deliver subsequent children vaginally after a previous cesarean section delivery, the procedure has risks, and not all women are good candidates for Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC).

The most serious complication from VBAC, uterine rupture, occurs when scar tissue from the previous C-section tears open, and the results can be catastrophic for both baby and mother.

Women rely on experienced health care providers to assess their medical condition and plan for appropriate procedures when it comes to delivering their children. When a doctor makes a mistake in this preliminary work, lives can be changed forever.

VBAC complications from uterine rupture can cause an array of problems affecting your baby, including fetal distress, cerebral palsy, hypoxia and brain injury, paralysis, seizure disorders, developmental delays, and in the worst cases, stillbirth.

For the mother, extreme blood loss and subsequent infections, including sepsis, are common complications from VBAC.

If you or your child has been injured by a doctor’s recommendation to undergo vaginal birth after cesarean section, you may be able to pursue medical malpractice for a birth injury.

The Gertler Law Firm represents families in New Orleans and Louisiana who are dealing with the extremely emotional aftermath of VBAC injuries. Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans VBAC and uterine rupture attorney.