The day of your child’s birth should be cause for monumental celebration. Unfortunately, far too many of these special moments are marred by avoidable birth injuries. These tragic errors can occur before, during or after delivery, and can cause a lifetime of financial burden, emotional pain and life-altering challenges that affect your entire family.
If you live in or near Monmouth and Middlesex County, New Jersey and need a lawyer with experience in birth injury cases, please contact Shapiro and Sternlieb, LLC today by calling (732) 617-8050 or completing the form on this page to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Labor and Delivery Malpractice
Birth injuries can be caused by a number of factors during labor and delivery. When complications arise during these crucial moments, doctors and medical professionals have an obligation to identify and respond to problems quickly. If these trusted professionals deviate from the standard of care, a labor and delivery malpractice lawyer can help you seek the justice and compensation your family deserves.
Cerebral palsy, also called CP, refers to a broad spectrum of neurological disorders that affect the brain and functions of the nervous system. It can impact movement, sight, hearing, thinking and much more.
Just as the term cerebral palsy encompasses a wide range of symptoms, the causes of the condition are equally diverse. However, the root cause of these tragic infant injuries is more consistent: an injury to the brain that occurred before, during or shortly after birth.
Erb’s palsy is a birth injury that affects the network of nerves that control movement in the arms, neck and shoulders. These injuries can range from a minor muscle tear to a severed nerve root. When an infant sustains these injuries, the results can be life-altering. Nerve ruptures can lead to permanent paralysis in the arm and shoulder. The condition is typically caused when an infant’s neck is stretched to one side during a difficult or abnormal childbirth.
Other Common Types of Birth Injuries
The act of child birth carries certain inherent risks. Even when medical professionals do everything right, there is still a chance that something could go wrong. That is why it’s important to understand that not all birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice.
However, despite medical advancements and modern standards of care, birth injuries are still frequently caused due to the inexperience, carelessness and other forms of negligence. Common types of birth injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Lack of oxygen
- Water birth injury
- Undiagnosed infection
- Shoulder dystocia
- Spinal damage
- Nerve damage
- Wrongful death
This is only a small sampling of the dangers an infant can face during a mother’s pregnancy, labor or delivery.
When bringing a child into the world, it is crucial for parents to have all the available facts in order to make an informed decision regarding whether or not to persist with the pregnancy. If a medical professional fails to warn you about risks associated with conceiving or delivering an infant, you may have grounds for a wrongful birth case.
The underlying disabilities or injuries in these cases do not encompass complications that arose during pregnancy or delivery. Rather, it is a claim that a doctor or other professional failed to warn against either a congenitally or genetically based medical condition.
Damages in Birth Injury Cases
Parents around the world know that raising a healthy child can be expensive. Raising a child who has suffered a birth injury could mean a lifetime of financial challenges related to hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, assistive equipment and home care.
You shouldn’t be burdened with these enormous expenses because of someone else’s negligence. If a doctor or other care provider caused your child’s injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of specialized care, including education, therapy, equipment and care givers
- Future loss of earnings
Contact Our Birth Injury Attorneys Today
When an error occurs in the delivery room, it can change a family’s life forever. If your son or daughter suffered a birth injury, it’s crucial to fight for the future of your child and hold the people who caused harm accountable.
To learn more about the damages to which you and your family may be entitled, please call Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC today at (732) 617-8050. We proudly serve Monmouth and Middlesex Counties and nearby areas of New Jersey.