NJ Birth Injury Lawyers – Birth-Related Injuries
Do you or a loved one have a birth-related injury?
There are different types of birth-related injuries that may happen before, during, or after the birth of a child. Both mother and baby may be injured. The injuries may occur from complications during the pregnancy or the delivery process and are usually caused by medical malpractice.
There are many medical professionals that are responsible for the welfare of the mother and child including the obstetrician, gynecologist, nurses, midwives, and other medical practitioners.
Injury to the mother can be procedural, such as incorrect stitching or a vaginal tear which can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort to the mother, negligently failing to control excessive maternal blood loss post-delivery, or failure to diagnose conditions that may affect the process, such as mother’s high blood pressure, causing preeclampsia, possibly leading to seizures during the birth.
Birth Injuries in New Jersey
Injury to the child can be temporary, permanent, and varied in severity, even causing death. Some birth injuries are unpreventable caused by genetic or environmental issues. Other injuries may be caused by an incorrect judgment during pregnancy or delivery made by a medical provider that results in injury, such as prescribing medication during the pregnancy or using faulty equipment or methods during delivery.
Common birth injury complications & Infant birth-related injuries include—
- Kernicterus, which is brain damage caused by failure to diagnose and/or treat jaundice from excess bilirubin in the blood (“hyperbilirubinemia“)
- Erb’s palsy, which is caused by too much pressure applied to the baby’s head and neck, causing nerve damage to the arm and hand
- Cerebral palsy, which is caused due to lack of oxygen to the brain and may result in permanent disability
- Brain injury, which can be caused by oxygen deprivation, poor monitoring, neglect in administering drugs during pregnancy or delivery, failing to perform a timely cesarean section, use of excessive force during delivery, dropping an infant, and other trauma to the head affecting the brain
- Brachial plexus palsy, when a bundle of nerves which communicates from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, is torn or over-stretched by a medical professional improperly handling an infant’s shoulder, causing either temporary or permanent damage
The Multiple Challenges Parents When Handling Children with Birth Injuries
Parents of a child with permanent birth-related injuries have to deal with a multitude of challenges over time, including medical expenses, caretaking costs, lost wages, and tremendous emotional and psychological stress and suffering. Knowing the early signs of birth injury are very important for both the child and parents.
If an infant is injured, the parents must bring the lawsuit, acting as guardians for the infant. Charges of medical malpractice are serious charges and difficult to prove. Therefore, getting assistance from an experienced birth-related injury attorney as soon as possible is crucial.
Protect Your Rights To Maximum Compensation – Call Legome & Associates Today
If you or your child suffered a birth-related injury, speak with an birth injury attorney who will evaluate your case with you, as close to the injury as possible, to ensure that your legal rights are fully assessed and protected. The attorneys of Legome & Associates are extremely experienced and knowledgeable in birth-related injury claims.
We assess the viability of your birth-related injury claim, explain what you can expect at every step of your birth-related injury case, and take action on your behalf, such as determining birth injury causes, researching the law, interviewing witnesses, collecting records, conferring with expert consultants, planning the legal strategy of your claim, and negotiating with insurance companies and opposing counsel.
We are experienced, successful, and compassionate professionals with the best interests of our clients as our top priority.
For a free consultation to discuss your or your child’s birth-related injury case, please call Legome & Associates, at 856-528-3284 or contact us online.