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Birth Injury Attorney - Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Pennsylvania - New Jersey - Delaware - New York - Nationwide
A birth injury occurs nearly seven times for every 1,000 births in the United States, with infants suffering severe ailments such as a cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy. Unfortunately, these injuries are often caused by preventable medical error.
Mistakes committed by health care personnel before, during or immediately after childbirth results in hundreds if not thousands of cases of birth injury. These young victims suffer permanent injury and often require a lifetime of care.
In many of these cases, filing a lawsuit is a helpful and justifiable recourse. And getting a good lawyer to handle your case is critical. If you are contemplating filing a birth injury or cerebral palsy lawsuit, you want the best attorney possible. Click here to contact a birth injury attorney or to contact a cerebral palsy attorney.
Kline & Specter, P.C., attorneys – seven of whom are also doctors, including two trained in obstetrics -- have had significant success in birth injury and cerebral palsy lawsuits. Dozens of cases have concluded in large settlements whose terms are confidential. Others ended in major jury verdicts including the following:
- A record setting $100 million Pennsylvania verdict for a baby who suffered severe brain damage as a result of medical malpractice. The verdict was the largest-ever compensatory damages award in Pennsylvania. (See The Vlasny Case.)
- The firm won a $7.8 million jury verdict for a 4-year-old boy who suffered cerebral palsy due to physician negligence. (See The Briggs Case.)
- In an earlier case, the firm won a $6 million verdict in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, for a child whose cerebral palsy was caused by a doctor’s delay in delivering a baby deemed acutely asphyxiated. (See Chichy.) To read more articles about the firm's victories in birth injury cases, click here.
Kline & Specter, with some 30 attorneys, is the best law firm you could hire for a birth injury or cerebral palsy lawsuit. Among the firm’s attorneys handling birth injury cases is Lisa Dagostino, M.D., J.D., M.Be., LL.M., F.A.C.L.M., a partner at Kline & Specter and an award-winning medical researcher. Dr. Dagostino received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She earned her M.D. at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1995, where she was later accepted to do her residency training in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. During her career as a doctor, she helped deliver some 1,500 babies, most of them at a care facility that was a referral center for high-risk pregnancies.
Another Kline & Specter attorney, Mark S. Polin, M.D., J.D., received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and attended the College of William and Mary before attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he achieved membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the honorary medical society for top graduates. After completing his residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Polin lived in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region where he had a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology for nearly 20 years. Dr. Polin earned his law degree from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
To read more about the Kline & Specter Doctor/Lawyer Team, click on Kline & Specter’s Doctor/Lawyers.
If your child has cerebral palsy or another birth injury as the result of possible medical malpractice, you may want to contact a birth injury lawyer or contact a cerebral palsy lawyer for a free evaluation of your case.
More about cerebral palsy: Contrary to what many people believe, cerebral palsy is not a disease. It is brain damage caused at around the time of birth or, in some cases, in young children due to head injuries. An estimated 500,000 Americans have cerebral palsy, with at least 4,500 new cases diagnosed annually (and as many as 10,000 according to some reports). Click here to learn more about birth injuries and cerebral palsy, including its causes, risk factors, types of cerebral palsy, associated disorders and information resources.
Erb’s palsy is caused by an injury to the nerves surrounding the shoulder, known as the brachial plexus, which occurs generally during difficult childbirths. Also known as brachial palsy, Erb’s palsy is a paralysis of the arm that can either resolve on its own over a number of months or require surgery.
Kline & Specter files suit on behalf of Pennsylvania couple charging that Geisinger Medical Center doctors and nurses failed to properly treat their unborn child, resulting in brain damage. (Full story)
more news articles about Kline & Specter birth injury cases.
- A new study says the rate of U.S. Cesarean sections climbed to 34 percent in 2009, hitting an all time high. The study cites many reasons for the increase, including the common practices of labor induction and epidural use. Additionally, factors that lead to risky vaginal deliveries — including obesity, multiple babies and increased maternal age — are also on the rise. The study cautions that a C-section is a major surgical procedure that can result in serious risks to mothers and birth injuries for babies. (Full story)
- An ob-gyn has been ordered to pay $3 million for birth injuries that left a girl with brain damage. The doctor had been called to the hospital at 5 a.m. to perform an emergency Cesarean section. He arrived at 7 a.m. and surgery began at 8:14 a.m. The hours-long delay in performing the surgery is blamed for the brain injury. The girl suffers from cerebral palsy and a host of developmental problems. (Full story)
- A judge has approved a $6 million settlement in a medical malpractice case that had been scheduled for trial. The boy suffered severe and permanent neurological injuries as a result of negligence during labor and delivery. The boy has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and will be dependent on others for the rest off his life. (Full story)
- Women covered by Medicaid were less likely to be injured in childbirth than those with private insurance. Their babies, however, were more likely to experience complications. (Full story)