Fact Sheet About Birth Injury
The New Jersey Department of Health reports that in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, 105,474 infants were born to mothers across New Jersey. Yet according to the department, not all births are marked with celebration and joy:
- 11% of all medical malpractice lawsuits filed in New Jersey are due to obstetrician error.
- 8 infants out of every 1,000 live births died shortly after birth.
- 5% of all infants born in New Jersey are pre-term, meaning born prior to 37 weeks gestation.
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Parents whose children have suffered a birth injury have more than typical new-parent fears. They have concerns about how the birth injury will affect their child’s emotional, physical and cognitive development, potential health complications that may result from the birth injury, and how they will cover current and future medical costs associated with the birth injury. The Camden County, NJ birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, have spent more than 40 years fighting to win judgments for birth injury victims.
Common Types of Birth Injury
Birth injuries happen more frequently than most people realize, and their impact can range from temporary to permanent, mild to severe, and can have a significant impact on a child’s quality of life. Our Camden, NJ birth injury attorneys have handled thousands of cases throughout our more than 40 years in practice. While there are many different injuries a child can suffer at the hands of a negligent physician, some of the most common include:
Cerebral palsy is the most common movement disorder among children, affecting an estimated 3.3 children out of every 1,000. An umbrella term for a non-progressive brain injury caused shortly before, during, or shortly after birth, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Children with cerebral palsy may require lifetime, around-the-clock care.
The result of nerve damage to the infant’s upper spine that can adversely impact the neck, shoulder, arm and hand, the effects of brachial plexus injuries can range from mild and temporary to severe and permanent. Children who suffer brachial plexus injuries may have limited use of the affected body part that requires intensive therapy to regain function.
Insufficient oxygen, decreased levels of oxygen in the blood or decreased oxygen flow to the fetus could all lead to perinatal asphyxia and cause permanent neurological damage.
Brain bleeds can cause mild to severe damage to the newborn’s brain, which can result in cerebral palsy or other neurological impairments.
Prematurity increases the chances that an infant will develop intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral palsy, chronic breathing issues or a host of other medical conditions that can have a lifetime impact. It can result from a physician’s failure to recognize and stop the signs of pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia or other maternal conditions that pose a risk for pre-term labor.
Broken, Fractured or Dislocated Bones
Physician error or other complications in delivery can result in the infant suffering broken or fractured bones. Broken or fractured clavicles are common when infants are forced through the birth canal. Dislocated hips frequently occur in breech infants who are attempted to be delivered vaginally.
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Whatever the injury, the Camden County, NJ Birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, can help. Our lawyers have successfully represented Camden County, NJ families for more than 40 years and helped them recover for their child’s birth injury. Let us put our experience to work for you.
Investigating Birth injuries Requires Resources
Establishing that your child suffered a birth injury requires a hefty commitment of time and resources, coupled with the medical and legal knowledge to prove that the injury was caused by physician error. The Camden County, NJ birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, have what it takes to win financial compensation for your child’s injuries.
Our firm has one attorney who is a licensed medical doctor, and paralegals who are nurse practitioners, putting us in a unique position to understand the medical complexities underlying birth injury cases. This also allows us to more strongly attack opposing counsel’s medical experts in their attempts to place blame for your child’s injury anywhere but in the hands of your doctor.
We will thoroughly examine your medical records to pinpoint where in the course of your pregnancy your physician went wrong with his medical advice in order to prove that his error was the direct cause of your child’s injury.
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