The medical procedures used during a birth have continually advanced throughout the ages, resulting in greater and more precise technology and birthing techniques designed to ease the process and ensure the health of a baby. Unfortunately, many accidents still occur before, during, and immediately after birth that can result in serious injuries and many are caused by these new procedures, leaving life-long effects.
There are approximately seven birth injuries for every 1,000 births in the United States totaling 28,000 per year. It’s incredibly important to understand the injuries possible during a birth, who may be responsible, and what your legal rights are in such instances.
In the months leading up to a birth, a mother and child depend on the care and advice of a physician to ensure no complications arise and any problems are met quickly and properly. If a physician makes a mistake or fails to detect a problem, they are responsible for the New Jersey birth injuries and losses that arise.
Birth Process Mistakes
Giving birth is a timely procedure, with various stages and processes taken in accordance with the condition of the mother and baby and how long the delivery has lasted. If the medical team should fail to deliver the child in a timely manner or meet complications, such as shoulder dystocia, with proper procedures, injuries may be suffered by the child.
Birth Device Accidents
Commonly used devices and procedures that assist in birth include forceps (grasping the baby’s head to pull it), vacuums (using suction on the head to pull the baby forward), and the Cesarean Section (delivering the baby through the mother’s abdomen). While these can prevent complications and injuries, if done incorrectly, there can be serious and even fatal injuries.
Post-Birth Care Injuries
If an infant should suffer any injuries or complications, immediate medical care is needed to prevent serious and permanent damage from occurring. Beyond emergencies, proper care is still necessary to help a newborn, without either type of medical aid a baby may suffer a serious injury or illness.
The Aid of Compassionate Legal Representation
Birth injuries are devastating to both a child and his or her mother. At Lependorf & Silverstein, our Princeton personal injury lawyers understand the toll of such losses and the need of proper compensation to help a child deal with injuries and the complications that may last for a lifetime. For more information on how we can help you, call our offices today at (609) 240-0040.