New Jersey Birth Injuries Attorneys
Trusted Authorities on Medical Negligence that Leads to Birth Injuries
The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion – but when medical negligence occurs, you and your child may end up living a more difficult, complicated life. Every year, hundreds of children are born with birth injuries as a result of medical malpractice. Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq is here to ensure that those children have the best possible futures they can.
Since 1991, the personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys of GGL have protected the rights of mothers and their children who have been victimized by medical negligence. We treat our clients with respect and compassion, offering comprehensive guidance through the legal system. We are tenacious in our drive to obtain the compensation you and your child deserve after the preventable error of a health care provider has led to a birth injury.
Common Birth-Related Medical Malpractice Cases
GGL handles a wide array of medical malpractice cases throughout New Jersey, but we are especially adept at those involving birth injuries.
Some of the more common cases that occur include:
- Shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs most often when a baby’s shoulder is displaced during the birthing process. It can be fatal, as it places undue distress on the mother and the child and can cause the umbilical cord to become compressed.
- Cerebral palsy. CP affects the motor centers of a baby’s brain and can develop while the fetus is in utero or during the birthing process. An undiagnosed infection in the mother can also lead to cerebral palsy.
- Erb’s palsy. Often the result of shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy is a form of paralysis affecting the upper arm of a child. Children born with Erb’s palsy may need surgery or rehabilitation to regain movement in their arms.
- Oxygen deprivation. The compression of the umbilical cord, an undiagnosed illness, or a doctor’s failure to monitor a pregnancy carefully can all lead to oxygen deprivation. A lack of oxygen – even for a very short amount of time – can have permanent effects on your child’s development, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
What Is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is any type of physical or mental injury that occurs during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Birth injuries can range from mild to severe and can be temporary or permanent.
Some common types of birth injuries include
A brain injury can involve trauma to the soft tissues, nerves, bones, bleeding or swelling, or brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen. A hemorrhage is a type of bleeding that can occur inside the skull, inside the brain, or in the brain’s ventricular system. Cephalohematoma is another type of bleeding that occurs under one of the cranial bones.
Brain injuries can also be caused by a rupture of one of the blood vessels. These types of brain injuries can be serious and often require medical attention. If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, it is important to seek medical help right away.
Brain injuries can have a wide range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the injury. Mild brain injuries may only result in a temporary loss of consciousness, while more severe injuries can cause long-term impairments or even death.
Some common symptoms of brain injury include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, memory loss, and sleep problems. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms after suffering a head injury, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Brain injuries can be very serious and should not be ignored.
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, there are many resources available to help. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is a great place to start. The BIAA provides support and information for those affected by brain injuries, as well as their families and caregivers. They also offer a wide range of resources on topics such as treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care.
Every child deserves a chance at the best possible life. Gross medical negligence could lead to a lifetime of therapy, additional surgeries, or untold expenses for adequate care. In the most tragic medical malpractice cases, negligence can lead to wrongful death. Our skilled injury lawyers understand the difficulties you face, and we will advocate tirelessly on behalf of you and your child. Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq has eight offices throughout New Jersey for your convenience.
To schedule a free consultation with an experienced birth injury attorney, please call 1-800-923-3456 or contact us online. Let us help protect your child’s future.