A medical professional’s careless mistake or inexperience can force a child to suffer unnecessary injuries that will affect them for the rest of his or her life. Of all the injuries that may occur at the hands of a negligent medical practitioner, a birth injury can be one of the most devastating. In the United States, six out of every 1,000 infants suffer from birth injuries each year due to either a complicated delivery or a preventable medical error.
Attending physicians must handle the birthing process with utmost care because even the slightest mistake can be catastrophic for a newborn. Some of the more common mistakes made by medical professionals during the delivery process include the incorrect use of forceps or vacuum, failure to address fetal distress, failure to supply oxygen to the newborn, use of unnecessary amount of force, failure to implement c-section, and administering dangerous medications or a wrong dosage of medications.
In many cases of birth injuries caused by medical negligence, the injuries turned out to be permanent in nature. When a medical professional deprives an infant of oxygen for an extended period of time or handles the infant with too much force, the child may suffer from irreversible brain damage or nerve damage, thus causing the child to develop Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy. Other serious illnesses may also develop as the child grows older.
The consequences of a medical professional’s negligent mistake can change the course of a child’s life, and can have a significantly negative impact on the child’s parents and family. A seriously injured child may require long-term medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy, prolonged medications, and regular trips to the doctor’s office. The most devastating consequence is that the child may not be able to live a normal life.
Under the law, victims of medical negligence are entitled to seek compensation from the responsible party or individual by way of a lawsuit. A legal action against the offending medical professional that caused birth injuries to a child will help the parents to recover for the child’s medical costs, rehabilitation costs, and other damages.
If your child suffered birth injuries due to the negligence of a medical professional in New Jersey, contact The Grossman Law Firm at (732) 625-9494 for a free consultation.
We represent our clients on a contingency basis, which means our fees are based on a percentage of the recovery from settlement or verdict of your case. Depending on the severity of the injuries, we are willing to travel to you or arrange for transportation if needed.