Not all birth injuries are the result of negligence in New Jersey, but those that are typically occur because a physician has acted negligently or because the physician has acted without upholding the standard of care required. Negligence of any type can lead to injuries in a medical setting. When negligence happens during pregnancy or after or before childbirth, you or your child could be harmed.
What are some kinds of doctor negligence? Failing to inform you that your child had a serious abnormality prior to birth could be construed as negligent, especially if you were told your child was developing normally. A failed hysterectomy could result in a wrongful pregnancy, or a delayed diagnosis could lead to ongoing symptoms or injuries.
Negligence doesn't just put your unborn child at risk. In fact, as a mother, you could face injury due to the misuse of birth-assisting tools, medication errors, the failure to perform a Cesarian section on time or even a botched C-section. In these situations, your child could also face a lifetime of medical and cognitive issues that may be permanent.
Other maternal injuries like uncontrolled hemorrhaging, the failure to diagnose and treat maternal diabetes or the failure to treat and diagnose conditions such as chicken pox could have put you in harm's way and left you and your child with persistent injuries and pain.
If you've been through these kinds of injuries or are facing ongoing medical care needs because of injuries to your child, it's okay to seek help. With the right information, you may be able to get the compensation you need to move forward with your life with all the medical help you need.
Source: Birth Injury Guide, "Negligent Doctor and Birth Injuries" Dec. 02, 2014