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Fact Sheet About Birth Injury

Birth injuries often occur when doctors or other medical professionals are reckless or negligent in caring for expectant mothers or delivering newborn babies. If your child has suffered a birth injury in Edison or elsewhere in New Jersey, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your child’s damages. Below are a few birth injury facts from Merck Manuals:

  • Most birth injuries resolve themselves without treatment;
  • Birth injuries are more likely to occur in cases where the fetus was in an abnormal position before birth; and
  • Many head and brain-related birth injuries are caused by pressure on the newborn’s head during delivery.

Most birth injuries can be treated. Some, however, can alter a child’s life forever. To learn more about your options as the parent of a child suffering from a birth injury, contact an experienced Edison birth injury lawyer.

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Common Types of Birth Injuries

An infant can suffer from many different types of injury as a result of negligence before, during, or shortly after his or her birth. Sometimes, injuries occur only because of a doctor’s failure to take certain preventative measures or diagnose an issue as soon as it arises. Examples of birth injuries include:

Nerve Injury.

A newborn can suffer severe injury to the nerves in his or her face as a result of the use of forceps or the pressure against the infant’s head from the mother’s pelvis. Other areas that can suffer nerve injury include the spine and the newborn’s arm or hand.

Cerebral Palsy.

This injury is characterized by muscle spasms and weak muscles. It can happen if an infant suffers from nerve or spinal cord damage during birth and affect him or her for the rest of his or her life.

Broken bones.

It is possible to snap a newborn’s tiny bones during delivery. One of the most commonly-broken bones during the delivery process is the collarbone, due to the use of forceps or a doctor’s hands to pull the infant out during delivery.

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At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., our team of Edison birth injury attorneys is here to help you through the emotionally-exhausting process of seeking compensation for your damages as a result of your child’s injury. We have experience handling this type of claim and will use this experience to effectively work for you. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. to handle your Edison birth injury case today.

Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources

Many of the problems that birth injury claimants face can be prevented or successfully resolved by an experienced birth injury lawyer. Examples of problems parents may face include a lack of evidence for their claim and the inability to reach the individuals who can provide this evidence. Give your claim its best chance for success by working with an experienced birth injury lawyer.

In a birth injury claim, like any other type of personal injury claim, multiple sources provide important pieces of evidence for the claimant to use to prove his or her damages occurred as a result of negligence. In this type of claim, these individuals can include the infant’s pediatrician or a hospital staff member who was present at the infant’s birth and witnessed the doctor’s negligent behavior.


Multiple pieces of evidence are also needed to prove the validity of a birth injury claim. Examples of this evidence include the pediatrician’s observations about the child, testimonies from parties who were present at the child’s birth, and the mother’s recollection of how the doctor handled or failed to handle issues that were detected before the child was born.

Reaching a settlement for a birth injury claim requires substantial time, money, and energy on the part of both the claimant and his or her lawyer. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we are prepared to give your claim the dedication that it needs. Let us draw upon our resources to help you get the money you deserve.


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