Most pregnancy-related issues may be avoided, as can the majority of birth-related complications. Your doctor should detect any possible risk factors, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, that might lead to a challenging and risky delivery through careful prenatal monitoring. Additionally, your doctor should let you know when having a Caesarean section is the safer choice. Your physicians, nurses, and hospital owe you and your child a basic duty of care during birth that guards against errors and responds properly to a protracted, taxing labor. In the event that you or your infant suffers harm as a result of a medical error, the elation that often accompanies the birth of a child may be abruptly replaced by emotions of grief and anxiety. Financial recovery can assist you in effectively overcoming the obstacles you confront, but no amount of money will undo the harm.
Founded in 1950, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC represents the parents of injured newborns. Our New Jersey birth injury lawyers will launch a full investigation into the reasons your healthy baby suffered injuries and permanent disabilities.
The term “cerebral palsy” refers to a group of disorders that impact the development, breathing, eating, speaking, learning, thinking, feeling, hearing, and seeing. The illness may present as muscle spasms, tremors, weakness, tightness, paralysis, and organ malfunction, which makes performing daily chores challenging or impossible, depending on the kind and severity of the brain damage.
Our attorneys investigate your case to determine if your baby’s birth-related brain damage was caused by:
Cerebral Hypoxia and Anoxia
Problems that arise prenatally or during birth can reduce your baby’s oxygen supply.
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)
If the mother’s uterus ruptures during vaginal birth after she previously had a Caesarean section, this can disrupt the functioning of the placenta that carries blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your baby.
The obstetrician’s improper use of a vacuum extractor, forceps, or manual force during delivery can cause hemorrhaging in and inflammation of your baby’s brain.
Assisted Delivery Injuries
The term “assisted delivery” describes the use of forceps and other obstetric instruments to help the infant pass through the birth canal. The mother’s health is seriously in danger as a result of the surgery. Forceps mistakes can result in pelvic organ prolapse, uterine rupture, fourth-degree vaginal tears, as well as urine and fecal incontinence.
Poor prenatal care has an impact on the mother and the unborn child. Negligent prenatal care puts pregnant women at risk for illnesses, vitamin deficiencies, undetected gestational diabetes, and undiagnosed preeclampsia.
The brachial injury known as Erb’s palsy can result in muscular weakening, loss of feeling, and paralysis in the afflicted arm. When a doctor pushes the baby’s head and neck at an unusual angle through the birth canal, the nerves are stretched or torn, which results in a medical disorder.
Obstetricians should have the training to identify the signs of fetal distress, which include high blood pressure, hemorrhage, cramping, changes in the fetal heart rate, and a lack of fetal movement. If you don’t, the infant risks receiving major injury.
Long-term repercussions of a brachial plexus injury include scoliosis, muscle atrophy, and reduced flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination.
From the moment the lawsuit is filed until the case settles or goes to trial, a typical birth injury case will take between 18 months and two years. This period can be longer or shorter based on a variety of factors, such as the county where the lawsuit is filed, the volume of the issues, and the number of specialists engaged. Medical documents and witnesses may vanish with time, and people’s memories of the incident may become hazy. Additionally, each state has a deadline for filing a lawsuit following an accident, so it’s best to speak with a birth injury lawyer as soon as you can to start the process and prevent delays.
To recover for injuries your newborn suffered during delivery, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request. We cover the up-front costs, and you pay nothing until we win your case.