A Scranton-area obstetrician was denied an appeal in a malpractice case filed by a Pennsylvania family. According to TheTimes-Tribune.com, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel White filed a suit against Dr. Richard Behlke and OB/GYN Consultants Ltd. after their son suffered cerebral palsy caused by medical mistakes when he was born in 2001. He is also nearly blind.
A common birth injury, cerebral palsy can result from medical malpractice on the part of doctors or other medical personnel. Cerebral palsy may develop if a baby is in the birth canal too long. Cerebral palsy affects a child’s movements, posture, and can cause involuntary or uncontrolled movements. Often, cerebral palsy requires medical care and treatment for life.
Any type of birth injury can lead to a lifetime of impaired function and ability for the infant, as well as profound financial hardship for a family. In most cases, negligence on the part of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel is the primary cause of a birth injury. Of the approximately four million babies born each year in the United States, around seven in 1,000 will suffer a birth injury.
The Philadelphia birth injury attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP have decades of combined experience guiding families through this difficult period of their lives. No amount of money can restore function or undo the damage caused by birth injuries, but it can help offset the steep costs of medical care, physical and mental rehabilitation, wheelchairs and other special equipment, counseling and other costs and financial hardship caused by the birth injury. Birth injuries can apply to the mother as well as the baby. If you or your baby has suffered an injury before, during or after childbirth, contact the Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP for more information.