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Injured child's case heads to court in New Jersey

If you've been watching the news, you might have heard about this case. Medical malpractice is often prominent when it's discussed, because the accidents that take place should never have happened. In this case reported on Jan. 13, the news states that the jury selection has begun for a three-week medical malpractice trial that is being held against a women's clinic and obstetrician in Burlington, New Jersey.

According to the news, the case was filed by the parents of a 2-year-old boy who was injured at birth. According to the suit, he was injured due to negligence, and his permanent injuries include "the loss of normal use of some of his body parts." The little boy was born by Caesarian-section on May 2, 2011, after 18 hours of labor.

According to the reports, the child was born without a heart rate, was floppy and was not responding. He was revived by chest compressions, according to the complaint. When he was diagnosed, he was said to have suffered from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and birth asphyxia. Due to the extent of his injuries, he will have to be given special care for the rest of his life. The complaint alleges that the doctor did not respond adequately to the medical conditions, exercise reasonable care or use his best judgment during the birth.

If you've had to deal with an injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, it's important that you consider seeking legal help. You may be able to seek compensation that will help you afford future medical costs, as well as for a variety of economic and non-economic damages. The same compensation could be used to better cope with the consequences of negligent care.

Source: The Times News, "Jury selection begins in medical malpractice case" Michael D. Abernethy, Jan. 13, 2014

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