One of the most tragic experiences for parents is having their newborn experience a birth injury. A birth injury can be sustained before, during, or following childbirth and may be preventable. Statistics from various sources show that in every 1,000 births in the U.S. six will involve a birth injury. Such injuries can range from mild to very severe, which can have lifelong consequences for the child involved. Mild injuries can include bruising, scratches, swelling, and abrasions.
Severe birth injuries can involve:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb's palsy
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Brain damage
- Respiratory problems
- Facial paralysis
- Spinal cord damage
Cerebral palsy is one of the more serious and debilitating types of birth injury. Presently, about 800,000 individuals in this country live with this condition. In many cases, the condition is caused by damage to the brain, either during the baby's development inside the womb or in the delivery process. Certain medical errors may cause the condition, such as a failure on the part of attending medical staff to ensure that oxygen is supplied to the baby's brain.
Other medical errors which may cause or contribute to the condition may include the improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction, failing to do a C-section in a timely manner or when necessary, or failing to adequately treat an infection. Other types of birth injuries may ensue from improper medications administered at birth, wrong diagnoses, and failing to respond to negative health conditions in both the infant and the mother.
Birth Injury Attorney in Bergen County, New Jersey
Negligence on the part of another, whether a drunk driver or an inadequate medical practitioner, will constitute the legal basis of such claims and lawsuits.
For those who have been harmed by such negligence, it is vital to seek the professional services of an attorney who is experienced in pursuing such claims and litigation. Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law has obtained many successful settlements and judgments on behalf of the injured in Bergen County as well as throughout the state of New Jersey. He and his legal team are committed to providing competent and caring legal assistance in this field. Find out how Mr. Broderick can help you by contacting his office today.