New Jersey Birth Injury Lawyers
The birth of a child is an exciting, unforgettable moment for parents. Expecting parents trust qualified obstetricians and delivery room teams to ensure the well being of the mother and child. Too often, medical mistakes during labor, delivery, or aftercare cause permanent injuries to the newborn infant. In New Jersey, serious birth injuries affect seven of every 1,000 children born. Although obstetric practices have improved, birth injuries still account for nearly two percent of stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
Although childbirth is a naturally traumatic process, the risk of serious injury increases with premature babies, infants that are large for gestational age, and instrumental deliveries involving forceps or vacuum extractions. Injuries can even occur after the child is delivered due to forceful resuscitation and improper aftercare. Sadly, obstetric malpractice subjects otherwise healthy babies to birth trauma and life-changing injuries that could have been prevented. Here are a few common birth injuries caused by obstetric malpractice:
- Cerebral palsy (CP) and Erb’s palsy.
- Nerve damage.
- Brain damage.
- Perinatal hypoxia or asphyxia.
- Death of the baby.
- Spinal injuries.
- Bone fractures.
- Complications of meconium aspiration syndrome.
- Bleeding in the brain.
- Organ damage.
- Hepatic rupture.
- Intra-abdominal trauma.
Our team of attorneys has a proven record of achieving exceptional results for victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries in New Jersey, and has been named to the Best New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys list by the Best Lawyers in America. For example, in 2010 we recovered $18.5 million in damages for an Essex County family whose child developed cerebral palsy due to a delayed C-section. We are committed to helping families recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and the lifetime of care that their injured child will require. Our team will aggressively litigate every case as though your child was our own.
Many birth injuries resolve themselves within months after the delivery, but some never get better. Proving obstetric error requires evidence and experience handling medical malpractice cases. Our attorneys analyze data to determine if the standard of care was breached and to prove that this error caused the child’s injuries. We will hold the nurses, doctors, hospital, and all parties responsible for their actions or failure to act. Common causes of obstetric malpractice include the following:
- Ignoring warning signs during gestation and labor.
- Improperly handling instruments and medical equipment.
- Failing to monitor fetal distress.
- Applying excessive force.
- Improper delays in care.
- Inadequate staffing.
NJ Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits
If you or your child were harmed due to obstetric malpractice, contact the New Jersey birth injury attorneys at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. We represent clients throughout New Jersey and we will respond as soon as possible to discuss your case.