New York Infant Wrongful Death Attorneys
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When the unthinkable happens and a child or the mother of a newborn dies during childbirth, it leaves the family reeling. Sadly, infant and maternal deaths often occur as a result of a doctor or another medical professional providing substandard care. When this is the case, surviving family members may have grounds to bring a medical malpractice claim.
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we know that no amount of financial compensation can undo the suffering you and your family have endured. That being said, a successful claim can allow you the ability to manage new, unexpected financial challenges and provide a sense of justice that can be critical to the healing process. Our New York infant wrongful death attorneys are committed to holding negligent medical providers accountable. We are ready to sit down with you and listen to your story, answering any questions you may have during a free and confidential consultation. We can discuss your legal options and begin building a powerful case on your behalf.
How Can a Baby Die at Birth?
Though relatively rare in the United States, infant death (neonatal death) and stillbirths are not altogether uncommon. When a baby dies in the womb at any point between 20 weeks of pregnancy and the baby’s due date, this is known as stillbirth. When a baby dies within his or her first 28 days of life, this is often referred to as neonatal death.
There are many reasons a baby may die prior to or during labor and birth, as well as immediately following birth. Some of the risk factors include:
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Low birth weight
Pregnancy problems, such as maternal infection or preeclampsia, can also lead to stillbirth or neonatal death. If a mother does not receive proper treatment and care during pregnancy, leading to stillbirth or the death of her newborn, this could be an example of medical malpractice.
Not all infant deaths and stillbirths are the result of medical negligence, though many instances occur because a medical professional committed a preventable fatal mistake.
An infant’s death may be the result of medical negligence if it occurred due to:
- Prolonged labor, leading to birth asphyxiation
- A doctor’s failure to order a timely emergency cesarean section (C-section)
- Delivery room staff’s failure to monitor the baby for signs of distress
- A doctor’s failure to properly treat signs of fetal distress
- Birth trauma, including brain injuries and spinal cord injuries
- Medication mistakes, including incorrect medication/dosage administered to the mother
Maternal Death Due to Medical Malpractice
When doctors and other health care providers are negligent, the baby is not the only one at risk. Tragically, mothers can also die during labor and delivery when there are complications and/or the health care team fails to provide the proper standard of care.
Birth complications that could put the mother at risk include but are not limited to:
- Maternal hemorrhaging (severe bleeding)
- Post-birth infections
- Preeclampsia and eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)
- Heart problems and blood clots
- Cesarean section (C-section) complications
- Medication mistakes (including improperly administered epidurals)
If you believe the mother of your child died due to substandard medical care, reach out to Simonson Goodman Platzer PC. We know that you are navigating an unbearably challenging time, and we want to help you obtain the justice and recovery you deserve.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation Today
Our New York infant and maternal wrongful death attorneys are ready to listen to your story and learn how we can help. Your first step is reaching out to our team for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation during which we can answer your questions and guide you as to next steps. Should you choose to work with our firm, one of our highly experienced partners will be directly involved in your case at every stage of the investigation, negotiation, and litigation.
With a proven track record of success in 98% of the cases we have handled, as well as over $200 million recovered for our clients, Simonson Goodman Platzer PC has the results you can trust. We are ready to fight for you and your family.
Call (800) 817-5029 today to get started.