18 Years of Experience Representing Bergen and Hudson County Birth Injuries
If Your Child has Suffered a Birth Injury, the Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Hasson, P.C. Can Help You Seek Financial Compensation
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the greatest moments in any parent’s life. However, for some families, these moments are tragically ruined by medical mistakes during delivery, prenatal or neonatal care. Not only do these mistakes ruin the experience of bringing a new child into the world; but, in many cases, they lead to long-term or permanent consequences for the newborn and the entire family.
If your child has suffered a birth injury in a New Jersey hospital or birth center, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Hasson, P.C. are here to help you fight for fair compensation. Doctors, nurses, and facilities that make mistakes deserve to be held accountable, and you deserve not to bear the financial burden of their malpractice. To get started with a complimentary case evaluation, please contact us today.
Birth Injury Cases We Handle
Our attorneys bring decades of experience to handling all types of birth injury claims in New Jersey. Some examples include:
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Bruising or skull fracture
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
While some birth injuries can be fully treated in a relatively short period of time, others will lead to years (and in some cases a lifetime) of treatment, special education, and care. When seeking compensation in a birth injury case, it is critical to have a thorough understanding of your child’s condition and all of the short-term and long-term effects it will have for your entire family. If you choose to work with us, we will use our experience, and engage medical and financial experts, to make sure that you don’t unknowingly leave much-needed money on the table.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice Leading to Birth Injuries
Unfortunately, there are many common medical mistakes that lead to birth injuries. Each year, close to 30,000 babies in the United States suffer birth injuries. This amounts to more than 75 birth injuries every day – or a birth injury approximately every 20 minutes. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice resulting in birth injuries include:
Failure to Diagnose
During pregnancy and childbirth, doctors must monitor both the mother and the fetus for any potential complications. Any risks must be promptly and accurately diagnosed, and then treated accordingly. If your doctor failed to diagnose a medical condition that led to a birth injury, this failure to diagnose may be a compensable form of medical malpractice.
Errors During Induction and Augmentation
When Pitocin is used to induce or augment (speed up) labor, errors during administration and inadequate treatment and monitoring can lead to birth injuries as well. While necessary under some circumstances, early-term induction in particular is closely correlated with many types of birth injuries. If you received a Pitocin injection that led to a brain or other birth injury, you may have a claim for financial compensation.
Errors During Delivery
During delivery, there are numerous procedures that doctors need to carry out – or may need to carry out – in order to deliver the baby successfully. Delivery room doctors must be prepared to make quick decisions and perform all necessary procedures safely and in accordance with the relevant standard of care. Errors during C-sections, errors involving use of forceps or vacuum extractors, and failure to maintain oxygen and blood supply are just a few examples of delivery errors that can lead to birth injuries.
Errors During Neonatal Care
After delivery, some newborns require immediate medical attention. This may be a result of uncontrollable factors, or it may be a result of medical malpractice leading to a birth injury. In either scenario, issues during neonatal care – such as lack of oxygen, over-ventilation, and failure to diagnose – can also lead to avoidable birth injuries.
Failure to Advise
As a medical patient, you are entitled to the information you need in order to make informed decisions about you and your baby’s care. If you made a decision that you would not have made had you been fully informed about the risks involved, this may be grounds to file a medical malpractice claim as well.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey Hasson, P.C. about Your Birth Injury Claim
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey Hasson, P.C., we are committed to helping families secure fair compensation for birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice. If you would like more information, we urge you to give us a call. To speak with an attorney about your claim, dial (866) 699-6487 or submit our consultation request form today.