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NJ Infant Injury AccidentThe 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.

Pre-Birth Injuries

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.