NJ Birth Injury Attorneys
There are many challenges which must be met surrounding the care and treatment needed for a brain damaged child; not only on the part of the parents of the child, but also on the part of siblings, teachers, therapists and doctors. In addition, the emotional aspects of learning to accept and cope with the demands made by such a child's condition can be extremely difficult for a family, particularly if their baby's brain damage was caused by a birth injury due to the negligent care of a healthcare provider.
The birth process does not typically result in injury. However, sometimes medical professionals encounter certain situations during a pregnancy, labor/delivery which require adequate and timely treatment, and if not properly addressed, may result in a traumatic injury to the child's brain. Brain damage to an infant during childbirth is often linked to the baby not receiving the proper amount of oxygen (hypoxia which can lead to asphyxia). When the brain is deprived of oxygen, brain cells can be destroyed, resulting in neurological impairment (or a decreased ability for the brain to control muscle function/movement, and/or organ function). Brain damage sustained during or after birth may occur as a result of the following:
- Failure to deliver a baby within 5-10 minutes after a Shoulder dystocia occurs
- Improperly performed Forceps delivery
- Improperly performed Vacuum extractor delivery
- Failure to timely recognize an Umbilical cord entrapment or entanglement
- Failure to timely recognize Fetal distress on fetal heart monitor strips
- Untreated jaundice (hyperbilurubinemia)
- Abrupted placenta (placental abruption)
- Inappropriate use of Pitocin resulting in hyper stimulation of the uterus
- Failure to timely perform a c-section when indicated
- Inadequate or improper neonatal resuscitation
- Failure to timely treat a maternal or neonatal infection (sepsis)
Brain damage and injury can result in conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, greatly affecting a baby's various motor (muscle) and brain functions, sometimes requiring years of physical, occupational and speech therapies in order to acquire even the most limited functional abilities.
When a medical professional fails to anticipate or properly and timely treat labor complications that could have been detected or were otherwise apparent, the consequences of this neglect can put the baby and mother's life and well being at risk and can have permanent consequences.
Healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses and midwives) sometimes do not act in accordance with the standards of care recognized by the medical profession, or they may fail to provide an expected standard of care resulting in permanent brain injury. At Blume Goldfaden, our experienced birth injury lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation for your child and his/her brain injury. As the law firm in New Jersey with the most personal injury million-dollar settlements and verdicts, we will provide you and your family with decades of experience in handling these types of complex medical negligence matters. For a no cost consultation of your brain damage or birth injury case, contact the attorneys at Blume Goldfaden at 973-635-5400.