When birth injuries happen, families have the option to file a claim against medical staff if they suspect that the injury was caused by a negligent medical mistake.
Some of the more common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Nerve injuries due to the improper use of forceps
- Spinal cord injuries
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Shoulder dystocia
- Erb’s Palsy
- Perinatal asphyxia
“Birth injuries due to negligence by doctors and hospital staff can be particularly devastating. The joy of welcoming a new child into the world is quickly replaced with anger, sadness and the knowledge that a young life has been changed forever,” says Plainfield birth injury lawyer Lawrence LeBrocq. Birth injuries fall into two primary categories. Those that take place during the actual delivery caused by a doctor or staff who fail to react to real time conditions, and those caused by a lack of appropriate prenatal care. Both situations may result in a lifetime of care or intensive and costly follow-up care to correct a particular injury. It’s also important to distinguish between birth injuries and birth defects.
Birth injuries occur due to improper medical techniques and take place in about five out of every 1,000 births. Birth defects are generally defined as something that happened to the baby prior to birth and can be caused by heredity or poor prenatal care on the part of the mother (including drug and alcohol abuse).It should also be noted that not all birth injuries make good cases for birth injury lawsuits. Sometimes, complications arise through no fault of the staff on hand resulting in unavoidable birth injuries.
Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq is a full service New Jersey law firm with offices in Elizabeth, Freehold, Hackensack, Newark, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Plainfield and Trenton.