New Jersey Birth Injury Attorneys
A birth injury, also called a birth trauma, occurs when there are complications during labor and/or delivery, resulting in harm to the baby or mother. Almost half of birth injuries are due to negligence or a lack of care on the part of the physician or medical staff. Parents who are already distraught over their child’s injuries are often horrified to learn that birth trauma was potentially avoidable if doctors and nurses were quick to diagnose challenging circumstances and act with appropriate care. There are many circumstances that can occur during childbirth and lead to birth trauma, such as Erb’s palsy or brain damage. Some can be prevented and some cannot. Doctors are trained to use specific techniques to handle each situation so that the risk of injury to the infant is as low as possible. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Prolonged labor
- Infant size
- Cephalopelvic disproportion (when the mother’s pelvis is too small to allow for a normal vaginal delivery)
- Vaginal breech delivery
- Injury from delivery instruments
If your family suffers from the effects of a birth injury, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. If you need quality legal support and advice, contact Tomes and Hanratty, P.C. for an initial consultation.
Medical personnel cannot prevent all possible birth issues, but they can and should be alert and aware of any risk factors and/or complications that arise unexpectedly. They must respond in a way that reduces the risk of harm to the child. We hope that the medical staff that is tending to the birth of a child will take all precautions in order to ensure the safety of the patients. Sometimes, the medical standard of care is not met and people suffer.
Complications associated with childbirth are unfortunate. They can occur in even the very best medical facilities around the world. Some complications are preventable, including shoulder dystocia and Erb’s Palsy. These disabilities occur during the birthing process and may be completely avoidable. If your child or someone you know has been injured during childbirth due to negligent care on the part of medical personnel or a medical facility in New Jersey, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney with experience in handling Erb’s Palsy and shoulder dystocia cases.