Essex County Birth Injury Lawyer
Welcoming a child into the world should be one of the happiest days in a family’s life. The doctors and nurses helping with childbirth have a serious responsibility to ensure that the mother and baby are taken care of. Of course, childbirth is very complicated and a number of different issues can arise throughout the process. Unfortunately, some of these issues could be the fault of the medical professionals and may even be considered malpractice. If you or a loved one suffered a serious birth injury, you must take your legal options into consideration. The experienced and compassionate legal team at Rubenstein, Berliner, & Shinrod, LLC can help guide your family through this difficult time and ensure you obtain the justice you deserve. Contact our office today to learn how an experienced Essex County birth injury lawyer at our firm can help your family.
What Are Examples Of Preventable Birth Injuries
A birth injury is generally defined as any injury an infant sustains during the labor and delivery process. Unfortunately, many of these injuries occur because of medical errors. Some examples of preventable birth injuries that could be due to medical negligence or malpractice include:
- Failure to monitor the mother’s or baby’s oxygen levels during labor, leading to conditions such as cerebral palsy
- Misuse of forceps or other medical instruments
- Delaying a cesarean section despite signs it is needed
- Not detecting stress to the baby’s neck and shoulders during labor, producing permanent injuries such as Erb’s palsy
Birth injury cases are complex and often hinge on the evidence of communication between medical professionals, records of vital signs, and other data. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough examination of the birth-related medical evidence and the postpartum impact on your baby’s health and well-being.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
While cerebral palsy can be caused by genetic problems or other injuries that can occur long before birth, a significant percentage of babies sustain this type of brain damage during labor. This is typically caused by the lack of oxygen to the baby during the birthing process. During our years of practice, we have handled several medical malpractice cases involving cerebral palsy and other severe brain injuries resulting from:
- Injury to a baby’s brain in utero
- Injury to a baby’s brain during delivery
- Lack of oxygen to a baby’s brain during delivery
- Brain damage due to loss of oxygen
- Gynecological complications
- Injuries undetected during pregnancy
- Injuries occurring after birth
While our attorneys cannot erase the event that led to your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, we can help you move past the injury by holding the responsible medical professional or facility accountable for the negligent acts that caused brain damage to your child.
If you believe that the medical professionals involved in your pregnancy or birth acted negligently and that this negligence resulted in a serious injury to yourself or your child, you should speak with a skilled legal team. You may be entitled to compensation for both your economic and non-economic burdens, including any physical and emotional distress that was caused by the negligence of your medical professionals. These may include compensation for your medical bills, lost wages due to time out of work, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
How Our Birth Injury Lawyers Are Different
Our attorneys have decades of collective legal experience, much of it focused on catastrophic medical malpractice and other life-altering personal injuries. We understand the proper handling and the best strategies for pursuing birth injury claims.
When you are grappling with the stress of finding (and funding) care for your baby after a birth injury, the last thing you need is to worry about your legal representation. Our firm provides responsive, boutique-level service for all our clients. You may call our office at any hour, any day of the week if you need to communicate with your lawyer.
Contact an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer
Give your child the support they need after a birth injury. Medical professionals must live up to the trust that their patients place in them, as their lives are at stake. If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to a birth injury, contact Rubenstein, Berliner, & Shinrod, LLC today to schedule a consultation and learn how an Essex County birth injury lawyer at our firm can help.