Robert A. Solomon, P.C.
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Legal help is key with a New Jersey birth injury claim

Having a baby should be a joyous time for expectant parents. However, New Jersey residents need to be aware of the possibility of a birth injury causing long-term pain and an ongoing need for medical care for their newborn. While most births are safe and the baby is born healthy, there are instances when there is a problem. In some, it is due to a doctor error or a mistake on the part of the staff. Knowing the symptoms and signs when something is wrong with a baby and what to do about it is a key to getting the compensation the parents will need to care for the child and cover the costs of the mistake.

Cerebral palsy is an example of what can happen to a baby if there is an error either while the mother is pregnant or during the birth. On an annual basis, there are an estimated 10,000 babies who have cerebral palsy born in the U.S. This is a disorder that affects the movement and coordination and it stems from a brain abnormality. There is no way to reverse it. With cerebral palsy, the baby will need to be cared for by the family, a home will need to be adapted, and the chance at a normal life is limited. While it sometimes happens due to circumstances out of anyone's control, it can also be due to mistakes the medical staff made such as failing to address fetal distress, a lack of oxygen to the baby and other factors. This is just one example of a birth injury, but there are many others.

There is a birth injury in approximately three out of every 100 babies born. These can arise from a failure on the part of the medical staff to perform a Cesarean section, not addressing bleeding, not saving the baby from an umbilical cord issue, injuring the baby with medical tools like vacuum extractors or forceps, not caring for the newborn in a proper manner after birth, and the medical staff not communicating with one another effectively. Fractures, paralysis, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy retardation and more can come about.

If there is a belief that a medical mistake or negligence were contributing factors to the baby suffering a birth injury, it is imperative to gather the records and search for evidence as to what happened and why. Parents will face a long road in caring for a child who has suffered a birth injury and a lawsuit is often the only way to get the funds to provide the necessary care. Speaking to an attorney who is experienced in pursuing claims related to birth injury is essential.

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