Fact Sheet About Birth Injury
Birth injuries dampen an occasion that should be marked with celebration and joy. And they happen more often than people know, leading to in-utero or early infant death. According to Medscape:
- 6-8 out of every 1,000 births suffers some type of injury.
- One-half of all birth injuries are avoidable if the physician recognizes the risk factors.
- The majority of birth injuries do not result in death or lifelong impairment.
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Parents whose children have suffered a birth injury worry whether the injury will adversely affect their child’s emotional, physical and cognitive development, whether there will be lifetime health complications, and how they will pay for it all. For more than 40 years the Mercer County, NJ birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, have successfully fought to obtain financial compensation for families touched by birth injury so they can focus on their child’s recovery.
Common Types of Birth Injury
Birth injuries happen more frequently than most people realize, and their impact can range from mild and temporary to permanent and severe. Our Mercer, NJ birth injury attorneys have handled a broad range of birth injury lawsuits. Throughout our more than 40 years of practice, some of the most common birth injuries we have handled include:
Affecting 3.3 out of every 1,000 children, cerebral palsy is a non-progressive brain injury caused shortly before, during, or shortly after birth. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and the lifelong medical cost of a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy can be extremely high.
Brachial plexus injuries result from nerve damage to the infant’s upper spine. This can cause severe limitations in the child’s ability to use his neck, shoulder, arm and hand. The effects of a brachial plexus injury can range from mild and temporary to severe and permanent.
Caused by a lack of oxygen to the fetus, perinatal asphyxia can cause permanent neurological damage.
Commonly found in pre-term infants, brain bleeds can cause mild to severe damage and are often precursors to a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions.
Broken, Fractured or Dislocated Bones
Physician error or other complications in delivery can result in the infant suffering broken or fractured bones, dislocated hips or compression injuries due to the use of forceps or other artificial means of extraction.
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A birth injury may result in permanent disability to your child and the need for lifetime medical care. Let the Mercer County, NJ birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, put our experience handling birth injury cases to work for you.
Investigating Birth injuries Requires Resources
Any birth injury case involves a commitment of time, money and resources. Our Mercer County, NJ birth injury lawyers have what it takes to build a successful case against your physician.
With a licensed medical doctor/attorney and a paralegal/nurse practitioner, we are uniquely positioned to understand the medical complexities underlying your birth injury case. This first-hand medical knowledge gives us an advantage when it comes to poking holes in the defense theory that your child’s birth injury was not the result of physician error. Our medical knowledge also helps when reviewing your medical records as we search to determine where in the course of your pregnancy your physician’s mistake led to the injury your child suffered.
Our reputation for excellence has also helped us build relationships with respected experts in the field. A review of your medical records by an independent medical examiner provides a fresh set of eyes in your case to ensure that no detail that would help prove your doctor’s liability is missed.
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