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Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries Case Study

When complications arise during the birth of a baby, the result can be heartbreaking injuries to the infant or the mother. Birth injuries are some of the most devastating personally and financially and are often complicated to prove.

In one notable case, Silver Golub & Teitell partners Richard A. Silver and Angelo A. Ziotas presented expert testimony that an emergency C-section should take only five minutes and that the doctor responded too slowly. Silver Golub & Teitell LLP won a judgment after jury trial of $38.5 million for the client and their brain-damaged baby.  Other representative cases can be found on our Cases & Results page.

At Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, we are committed to helping the people who have suffered the most serious harm as a result of clear cases of negligence. We turn down the vast majority of the birth injury cases offered to us, but for the cases of cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy that our lawyers pursue, we commit the full financial, legal and emotional resources of our firm.

Contact Us — We Can Help You

If you or a family member have suffered complications during pregnancy or childbirth, please contact us today at; call one of our offices in Stamford, New Haven, Hartford or Waterbury, CT; or call one of our telephone numbers in the Connecticut towns below to find out how we can help you:

  • Stamford (203) 325-4491
  • Bridgeport (203) 386-9844
  • Danbury (203) 816-8476
  • Greenwich (203) 489-2952
  • Hartford (860) 785-6585
  • New Haven (203) 916-5796
  • New London (860) 785-6581
  • Waterbury (203) 916-5785
  • Westport (203) 349-8154

Our birth injury lawyers in Connecticut get results

Our attorneys are very knowledgeable in Connecticut birth injury law and represent clients in birth injury cases involving the following:

  • Cerebral palsy, which occurs when a baby does not get enough oxygen during delivery
  • Erb’s palsy, which can be caused when a doctor has trouble delivering a baby’s shoulders
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which is brain damage caused by lack of oxygen and lack of blood flow to the brain
  • Shoulder dystocia, which can occur when a baby’s head is delivered but shoulders get stuck
  • Brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation
  • Twin-to-twin or triplet-to-triplet transfusion syndrome
  • Wrongful death of the child or mother
  • Other serious injuries

Please click here to visit the SGT page on the factors to consider when “Choosing a Birth Injury Law Firm in Connecticut.”

Seeking answers and accountabilitY

Birth injuries most often are the result of something that happens in the birth process, such as improper fetal monitoring or improper delivery techniques. However, babies or mothers also may also suffer serious injuries as a result of negligent prenatal care or care they receive after delivery.

At the Connecticut birth injury law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell, we help clients find out why a birth injury happened and whether it could have been prevented.  We have the knowledge and resources to carefully review medical records, fetal monitor strips and x-rays, interview witnesses and consult with the nation’s leading medical authorities to identify doctor and hospital mistakes.

Babies who suffer birth injuries will often need a lifetime of care.  Our Connecticut birth injury lawyers seek a financial recovery that provides enough money to cover the essentials of what the child will need to stay alive, be as healthy as possible and enjoy life to the fullest extent possible.  This may involve speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy as the child grows and trust funds to help meet the child’s needs after the parents are gone.

For additional information, please read “Preparing a Birth Injury Case” by Richard A. Silver.

Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy and Other Birth Injuries in Connecticut

According to estimates, three to five babies in 1,000 are injured during labor and delivery.  Here are some of the most common types of injuries that occur before, during and after childbirth.

Cerebral palsy is term used to describe a variety of chronic conditions that affect body movement and muscle coordination:

  • Ataxic cerebral palsy is characterized by muscle weakness and shaky body movements.  Patients with ataxic cerebral palsy often have poor depth perception and difficultly maintaining their balance.
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy causes people to have uncontrollable movements such as twisting and squirming, especially when they are in emotional distress.
  • Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of cerebral palsy, characterized by tightness of the muscles that causes a patient to jerk uncontrollably.
Some cerebral palsy patients experience the symptoms of more than one of these types.  Cerebral palsy is often caused by lack of oxygen to a child’s brain during the birthing process.
  • Erb’s palsy (also known as brachial plexus palsy) is caused by damage to a network of nerves in the neck, which results in a loss of movement and feeling in the arms, hands and fingers.  Brachial plexus injury is usually caused by injuries that occur to a child during labor and delivery.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) occurs when a newborn cannot evolve from receiving oxygen through the mother’s placenta to receiving oxygen through the lungs, which causes a severe strain on the infant’s vital organs.  PPHN may be caused by problems during delivery, by the mother’s use of certain medications during pregnancy or by other unknown factors.
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is damage to the brain and spinal cord caused by oxygen deprivation during childbirth.  HIE may result in developmental delay, mental retardation or cerebral palsy.

Our birth injury and cerebral palsy lawyers at the birth injury law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell can help you to determine whether your child’s medical problems are the result of medical malpractice and advise you how to proceed in a birth injury lawsuit.  Connecticut birth injury law is complex, so don’t try to go it alone.

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