The birth of a child is one of the happiest moments in any parents’ life. However, there are times where injury can be sustained by the newborn baby due to the negligence of the primary care giver, the hospital where the baby was born or another medical professional involved in the child’s birth.
A New Jersey birth injury is defined as any trauma that occurs during the birthing process which impairs the bodily function or structure of the infant. For example, if a mother is given a higher dose of medication than is appropriate or if she’s given the wrong medication and has an allergic reaction either before or during child birth, the baby could suffer the same reaction and sustain injury.
In addition to proper medication doses, it is the job of the primary physician to ensure the mother’s and baby’s safety during the birthing process. There are two ways to deliver a baby and those are through the vaginal canal or by a cesarean section, otherwise known as a C-section. Cesareans are usually performed when some kind of risk is present in having a child naturally. Doctors who care for expectant mothers and their babies have a responsibility to ensure that the babies are healthy and do not suffer unnecessarily.
Some injuries that may be attributed to negligence may include, but are not limited to:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- broken bones
- respiratory problems
- other medical conditions
If your child has suffered as a result of a birth injury, you and your child have rights in the state of New Jersey. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have nearly twenty years of experience per lawyer handling birth injury litigation. Our skilled Princeton birth injury attorneys can help you understand the complex laws surrounding your child’s injury and will seek compensation from all negligent parties involved. Call (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation.