Close to four million women in the United States gave birth to babies last year, every one of them praying for a happy, healthy infant. The vast majority of pregnant women sought and trusted their obstetricians to provide optimum pre-natal care. However, in far too many cases, OB/GYNs failed to properly monitor the mother to be, in many cases causing irreparable harm and even wrongful death.
If you or someone you love is the victim of an obstetrical error made by an obstetrician, a perinatologist, a midwife, a primary care physicians or a labor and delivery nurse or staff member, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. We invite you to contact the experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C.. We are located in South Jersey but our excellent reputation has made us a go-to legal resource for families victimized by obstetrical malpractice throughout New Jersey, including Gloucester County, Atlantic County and Monmouth County, NJ.
Thankfully, the vast majority of pregnancies go well and couples are thrilled to welcome their new bundles of joy all around South Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Marlton. While it’s critical to monitor the baby’s development from conception through birth and beyond, it’s just as important obstetrical healthcare professionals do everything possible to keep the pregnant woman healthy before, during and after labor, as well.
If a pre-natal condition or delivery and/or post-delivery complication arises and is not quickly diagnosed and managed by doctors and nurses, subsequent injuries may be severe and long-lasting. When this happens, it’s often due to judgment errors on the part of the healthcare staff, miscommunication, overstaffing or staff fatigue, mistakes made by the hospital administration, equipment malfunction and incomplete or error-filled medical charts.
Common preventable obstetrical errors that occur throughout Camden and Burlington counties including Haddonfield, Maple Shade and Evesham include:
Failure to diagnose life-threatening conditions: Up to eight percent of women suffer from conditions such as pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension or gestational diabetes.
Failure to properly manage pregnancy: This includes not performing the recommended pre-natal testing, including a gestational diabetes test, for example. Additionally, if conditions are diagnosed, failure to properly manage them can cause serious injury to the mother and baby.
Delay in determining mother or fetal distress: If the machines used to monitor the woman in labor malfunction or the attending healthcare professional, obstetrician, labor and delivery nurse, doula or midwife fails to diagnose and/or act upon the information, it may be considered a case of medical malpractice.
Vaginal delivery errors: If a baby is breech or otherwise wrongly positioned and the doctor either does not diagnose it early enough or uses forceps and/or vacuum tools incorrectly, the mother can be severely hurt.
C-section mistakes: Any mistake made during the Caesarian section surgery can cause fatal damage to the mother and/or infant. Further, whether or not a C-section is planned or not, failure to begin surgery at the right time based on fetal monitoring may be considered serious obstetrical malpractice. Failure to identify the need for a C-section is a common preventable error. Similarly, if a condition requiring a C-section could have diagnosed, allowing time to properly plan for the procedure, but wasn’t, the mother and baby can suffer irreparable harm.
Allergies or contraindications of medication: If the pregnant woman is prescribed drugs with known side affects for gestating babies or is given a medication she is known to be allergic to, the outcome on the mother and pregnancy can be disastrous.
In addition to potentially severe or fatal injury to the pregnant woman, there are many preventable obstetrical errors that cause birth injuries to the baby, as well. These include:
For decades, the knowledgeable attorneys at The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C. have helped countless families throughout South Jersey when they have been injured by an obstetrical mistake. We will review all records, conduct witness interviews, work with New Jersey’s top consultants and not stop until we’ve assembled a winning medical malpractice case on your behalf. We know that when your family is affected by a birth injury or obstetrical error, you want someone to be held responsible for their negligence. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to do just that – and to get you the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.
There are many personal injury attorneys out there to choose from in Turnersville, Glassboro, and Washington Township, but none who are committed to doing the hard work necessary to achieve optimal results for injured clients. We have a reputation with medical malpractice insurance companies for our willingness to go to court when an agreeable settlement cannot be reached. We don’t back down from hospital administrations, other lawyer or insurance carriers. And, we take all cases on contingency; if we don’t win damages for you, you don’t pay.
If you’ve been a victim of obstetrical malpractice, contact The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C. today for a free consultation about your case.
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