Stillbirth Injury in Long Island
Facing a stillbirth can be one of the most devastating experiences for
parents—particularly when a mother still has contractions and gives
birth to the child that has died in the uterus. Stillbirth is a complex
situation, since it can be caused by a wide range of factors, and a cause
of death is rarely identified through autopsy. However, when there are
clear causes for
stillbirth including neglect and poor care during pregnancy, legal action may be
taken to seek compensation for medical costs and emotional damages. Below
you can explore the possible courses of action following a stillbirth
caused by medical negligence.
About one in 160 births in the United States are stillbirths, and numbers
are much higher in countries where medical care is unavailable or of lower
quality. A confirmed cause of death is only found in about 40% of autopsied
cases, and many stillbirths occur in healthy mothers following a full-term
Regardless of the cause of stillbirth, you should find support to cope
with the emotional challenges of the loss of a child. By seeking the right
support with psychological care, you can make sound decisions in your
Seeking Legal Action
If you do feel that a stillbirth is the result of medical neglect, Pegalis
& Erickson, LLC can help you seek compensation. Here's a look
at some answers to questions you may have about seeking legal representation
for your case.
What can be done? – There is often a sense that nothing could be done in cases of stillbirth
and birth injury, but there may be someone to hold accountable for your loss.
Who should you talk to? – Speaking with a medical malpractice lawyer is the best way to determine
whether or not you should take action with your case. Pegalis & Erickson
can let you speak directly with a partner in our firm for no cost to discuss
your potential case.
What is the likely outcome of the case? – Because there are so many possible causes of stillbirth, and so many cases
will have an unclear cause, the outcome of these wrongful death cases
can vary. That's why you will want to have an experienced lawyer on
your side to decide if you should pursue legal action.
schedule your initial consultation with Pegalis & Erickson, LLC at our Long Island practice, call us
at (516) 858-2194. Our practice has had significant success in birth injury
cases over the past four decades, and most of our medical malpractice
cases settle outside of court.