July 12, 2022
Birth-Related Injuries in New Jersey
None of us ever want to see a new mother or her baby have birth-related injuries. But, as experienced New Jersey birth injury lawyers, we see cases just like this way too often in New Jersey.
Let’s take a look at what birth injury medical malpractice is, as well as some of the more common types of negligence that lead to them.
What’s Birth Injury Medical Malpractice?
Malpractice occurs when someone who calls themselves a professional doesn’t correctly carry out his or her obligations or responsibilities to their client, causing harm as a result.
You have probably heard the term malpractice used a lot when talking about lawyers or doctors – that’s because negligent people in these careers have a large majority of these types of cases brought up against them.
When the professional’s negligent actions end up leading to some type of harm or injury to another person or persons, the injury victim has legal rights.
So, birth injury medical malpractice is when either a mother, a newborn baby, or both, ends up being injured, infected, or otherwise harmed because of the negligence of the medical professional(s) who administered the prenatal or childbirth process.
Different Kinds of Birth-related Injuries Medical Malpractice
A hired legal professional can help determine whether or not injuries to a mother or her baby that occurred during childbirth happened because the doctors and nurses did something wrong. For example, they may have badly executed a particular treatment, given the patient the wrong drugs, or may have missed serious birth complications altogether.
There are many different kinds of birth-related medical malpractice, but some of the more common types are as follows:
- Failing to diagnose a prenatal condition of the baby or mother
- Not monitoring the mother and child during labor and delivery
- Not ordering proper bed rest or other precautions during pregnancy
- Prescribing the wrong medication for a pregnant mother
- Errors during delivery involving forceps or vacuums
- Not ordering an emergency c-section when needed
- Allowing the mother or child to become oxygen-deprived
- Not providing proper monitoring or care for a mother or child post-birth
Birth injuries can vary widely, and they might include physical injuries from trauma, cognitive impairments from oxygen deprivation, or both. Sometimes, only the infant will suffer injuries, and they might have lifelong effects from their birth injury. In other situations, the mother will experience birth-related health problems that are not properly addressed.
Contact Your New Jersey Birth Injury Lawyer
If you feel that your or your newborn’s birth-related injury or injuries could have been prevented if the doctors and nurses had put forth the proper effort to keep you healthy (but didn’t), then you very likely may have a case involving birth-related medical malpractice. These cases can be difficult to identify, but our legal team will evaluate your rights and options at no cost to you and advise you of the best course of action.