• How Can a Birth Injury Lawyer in South Jersey Help You Receive Justice?

    Medical Malpractice

    Having a baby is one of the most exciting, fulfilling, hopeful things that can happen to a person, but all of those positive emotions and feelings can be turned upside down when a birth injury occurs. A birth injury is a physical injury that a child sustains as the result of the birth process, and it can range in severity from a minor issues that quickly subsides to a significant injury that can impact the child for the rest of their life, and possibly even result in death. There are many reasons why a birth injury can occur, but if your child was injured during the birthing process and you believe it is the result of negligence on the part of a member of the professional birth team, the birth injury lawyers at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato, and Starr, LLC can help. We will help you get to the bottom of why your child was injured, whether there was any negligence involved, and if so we will help you and your child receive justice for the damage that has been suffered.

    Birth injuries can take many forms and are often related to complications with the mother, the baby or the delivery. These can include babies with birth weights over 8 lbs., 13 ounces, prematurity, the size and shape of the other’s pelvis in relation to the size and shape of the baby’s head, difficult or prolonged labors, medical problems with the mother or the child, or abnormal birthing presentation. In all of these cases, a reasonably skilled birthing team that is providing the expected level of care and attention should be equipped to manage the birth. However, when any member of the team, from the doctors and nurses to the anesthesiologists or the birthing center itself are not paying close and careful attention, or are reckless or negligent in their approach to the delivery, birth injuries can occur.

    Some of the most common birth injuries include:

    • Brachial palsy, which damages the nerves that supply the baby’s arms and hands. In some cases the baby loses the ability to flex and rotate the arm for a few months, but when the nerve is torn there may be permanent damage.
    • Fractures, usually of the clavicle or collarbone as a result of difficulty in delivering the baby’s shoulder or during a breech delivery.
    • Facial paralysis, caused by pressure on a baby’s face that damages the facial nerve. This is a common result when the physician uses forceps for delivery. If the nerve is torn the child will require surgery to make the repair and return movement to the face.

    Other serious conditions such as permanent brain injury, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy can all be the result of a careless or negligent delivery. At the South Jersey law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC, our birth injury lawyers are compassionate, experienced advocates who will fight to secure the reimbursement that you need to provide your child with the life that they deserve. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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