New Jersey Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth Injury Attorneys in Monmouth County
You can trust the experienced lawyers at Shebell & Shebell with your most sensitive case. Some of the most challenging cases lawyers face involve what should be the most enjoyable moment in a parents’ life. The injury to or death of a newborn has a profound impact on the baby, parents, families, and the community at large. Our goal is to help relieve families of some of the emotional and financial burdens of their child’s care. Cases involving obstetrical negligence may be complex, and the outcome can have a lifelong impact on your family. Our firm is committed to our clients’ futures, fighting for fair and complete compensation. We handle a wide range of birth injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Drug-related birth injuries
- Forceps and vacuum extraction birth injuries
- Brain injuries
- Nerve damage
- Labor & delivery birth injuries
A birth injury is simply defined as a trauma suffered by a newborn during childbirth. Birth injuries can occur before, during, or after delivery. If you believe that your child’s birth injury was caused by the malpractice of a treatment provider, you should contact one of our experienced medical negligence lawyers to investigate your legal rights. Contact Shebell & Shebell.
Causes of birth injuries?
Birth injuries can occur in many ways. In some instances, such as when a child is presenting in a breech (head up) or transverse (body lying sideways) position, it is not medically advisable to deliver the baby through the birth canal. Similarly, physicians are trained to estimate a child’s size and weight prior to delivery. If a child is large, typically over ten pounds, or an expectant mother’s pelvic region is very small, it may be safer for a woman to have a cesarean section (C-section) procedure to deliver the baby. If treatment providers do not recognize the need for a C-section, the child can be severely injured. Oxygen to the child’s brain may be cut off. Additionally, the use of instruments such as forceps or a vacuum extractor may result in brain injury and other injuries to the child. During labor, the child’s health must be constantly monitored. Problems can arise if the monitor is not properly attached to the baby, does not work properly, or if the doctor or nursing staff fails to recognize signs of fetal distress.
Birth injury may occur long before the actual day of delivery. If a mother is prescribed an improper dosage of medication or medication not appropriate for pregnant women, her unborn child could face serious issues. Similarly, if a doctor fails to diagnose conditions during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or maternal infections, like toxoplasmosis, the baby can suffer injury. Finally, certain genetic defects can be diagnosed and repaired in utero. If a physician fails to diagnose and treat these conditions, this may constitute medical negligence.
Other common causes of birth injury include:
- Excessive use of the labor-inducing drug Pitocin
- Failure to treat jaundice
- Epidural or other medication errors
- Twisted or damaged umbilical cord
- Complications with a vaginal birth after a C-section
- Uterine rupture
Hospital nursing staff and doctors are sometimes overwhelmed and rushed while in the delivery room, leading to a relaxation or breakdown of safety protocol. When the end result is a serious injury to a baby, it may be time to consider legal action.
Wrongful death of a child
In addition to helping families obtain money damages and compensation for preventable medical errors, our lawyers also have experience in bringing wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of parents whose children died during childbirth as a result of malpractice. Although no amount of compensation can restore what you have lost, a successful lawsuit can send a message to the medical community that they must abide by a standard of care that our community expects.
Contact an experienced birth injury lawyer today
A New Jersey birth injury attorney can help your family recover damaged to help ease the burdens and stress of an uncertain future. If your family has been impacted by a birth injury, it is important to discuss your matter with an effective and knowledgeable attorney. The lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help you seek answers and get justice. To schedule a free consultation, contact our firm.