Birth Injuries

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This content refers to legal matters related to Birth Injuries and Infant Injuries, including Infant Wrongful Death and how a Birth Injury Malpractice Attorney can help victims and their families.

Mr. Hirsh has decades of experience with birth injury and birthing injury malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits and is a lecturer and speaker on malpractice related topics to other attorneys.

Infant Birth injuries due to Medical Malpractice, including but not limited to:

- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Retinopathy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Birth Injury which Results in Wrongful Death


Any injury to a newborn is, of course, of extreme concern. Unfortunately some serious injuries to infants before or during the birthing process can be due to the errors of nursing and medical personnel attending to the mother and should be investigated by competent attorneys experienced in these types of cases.


The Brachial Plexus is a bundle of nerves which service the upper extremity (shoulder ,arm and hand ). Injuries to these nerves can cause severe bodily harm,even paralysis and deformity to one or both arms.


Erb’s Palsy is a condition resulting from they type of nerve injury described above. It’s severity can range from minor temporary limitation of some arm movement to serious permanent paralysis of the arm and deformity. Prompt diagnosis and treatment s essential . Erb’s Palsy is sometimes referred to as Brachial Plexus Palsy.

Erb’s Palsy is commonly due to shoulder dystocia where the baby’s shoulder is lodged under the mom’s pelvis. If a vaginal delivery is attempted various maneuvers to and pressure on the infant are often required. If not performed correctly nerve damage can result. There may have been indications to perform a C Section which could have prevented the injury. A thorough review of all records by a professional can help provide answers to your questions as to why the injury developed.


Cephalo-Pelvic Disproportion refers to the situation where the mother’s pelvis is unusually narrow when compared to the size of the baby ’s head. The health care professionals providing prenatal care should be tracking this size comparison to determine, along with other factors, whether or not vaginal delivery should be attempted as opposed to a C-Section.


Cerebral Palsy refers to a cluster of impairments resulting from injury to the infant’s brain. It can affect brain development, thinking, learning, and movement. Problems may range from relatively minor to devastating consequences. The brain damage may be “anoxic” which means there was deprivation of oxygen supply to the brain which caused the brain injury. During labor the baby’s condition should be carefully and continuously monitored by the nurses and doctors or midwives with the aid of electronic fetal monitoring. Speedy intervention at the first signs of fetal distress may prevent brain damage.


Birth injuries, even brain damage may result from the use of traction devices, suction devices and forceps during delivery. Hemmorrhage, or severe bleeding can cause such damage. In some cases such methods are contraindicated and should not have been used. In others such methods and devices are used improperly or overaggressively


Premature infants of course need special medical attention. They are prone to certain injuries and the neo=natal doctors and pediatricians must carefully check for and address such developments. If you believe your child’s health care providers missed a problem your child was experiencing a thorough investigation may provide some answers.


Retinopathy of prematurity is a conditon that can cause blindness in premature infants. For this reason the eyes of such babies must be carefully checked and followed to prevent the condition, and loss of sight may be prevented with prompt diagnosis and treatment.


Newborn injuries place tremendous emotional and financial burdens on families. An experienced law firm can help you determine whether or not your child’s injuries could have been caused by negligence . Just as importantly help and guidance can assist you in finding professional care for the child and family. Sometimes financial assistance may be available as well, whether or not there are grounds for a lawsuit.

Birth Injury Malpractice lawsuits demand a qualified, experienced and knowledgable medical malpractice attorney. Mr. Hirsh is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an Expert in Civil Trial, presenting cases to a jury. He is well respected as a medical malpractice attorney and for his ethics.

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about these or any other health conditions not mentioned in this page, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free medical malpractice consultation.

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Goldberg and Hirsh P.A. is a boutique law firm specializing in all forms of significant personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

We are trial lawyers. In fact many of our cases are referred to us from other attorneys seeking top notch lawyers willing to proceed to trial whenever necessary to receive top compensation for the client.

Each of the named partners, Sidney A. Goldberg and Jeffrey S. Hirsh, has over 35 years experience trying significant personal injury cases before Florida juries.

Importantly and uniquely each and every aspect of your case will be handled by one or both of the senior partners. No young, inexperienced attorney will be working on any aspect of your case. In fact, if your case must be tried in almost every instance both partners together will try your case.

Both Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Hirsh began their careers as defense lawyers and gained significant and extensive trial experience representing insurance companies. We have first hand knowledge of the tactics the defense will use to try to prevent you from receiving just compensation for your injury or loss.

Our Law Firm is AV-Rated by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Directory Service, the highest ranking for legal ability and professional ethics given by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Hirsh and Mr. Goldberg are also individually AV-Rated.

The supporting staff of law clerks, paralegals, and administrative personnel is also experienced and share a common goal of legal passion and ethical service that Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Hirsh have made the objective of the Firm ever since they partnered to found it.

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