Pregnancy and the birth of a child should be one of the most joyful experiences in a parent’s life. Sadly, this experience can quickly become a nightmare when an obstetrician or other specialist fails to properly monitor the pregnancy or delivery and does not react in a timely manner to fetal distress.
If your child suffered a serious injury or was diagnosed with a life-altering condition after a difficult pregnancy, labor, or delivery, there is hope. At The Donnelly Law Firm, we have over 50 years of combined legal experience – and we’ve recovered over $100 million on behalf of New Jersey families. Although birth injury cases can be complex and difficult to navigate, our proven trial attorneys have the resources and skill to pursue fair compensation in the wake of a physician’s negligence.
Call (800) 398-1866 to work with a nationally-recognized leader in birth injury cases at The Donnelly Law Firm!
Recover the Compensation You Need to Provide for Your Child's Future
Medical professionals and facilities that cause birth injuries due to malpractice or negligence can, and should, be held liable. While financial compensation cannot undo what has happened to you and your child, it can allow you to achieve a sense of justice in knowing that the responsible parties have been made accountable.
A successful birth injury case can also provide you with the rightful compensation you need to provide a full and meaningful life for your child, as well as ensure that similar mistakes do not occur to other innocent children in the future.
Call The Donnelly Law Firm at (800) 398-1866 or submit an online form for a free consultation.
Defining Negligence in Birth Injury Cases
Childbirth has always been a dangerous process that can result in life-altering injuries for both mother and baby. While medical science continues to improve and make childbirth safer for modern families, there are still many pregnancy-related complications that can cause injury, disability, and death – and many of these complications are considered to be preventable. Here in the United States, expecting mothers face the highest rate of maternal death in the entire developed world, and each year, there are approximately 29 birth traumas for every 1000 births.
When physicians and childbirth specialists fail to avoid preventable birth complications, they may be held liable for the serious injuries that may follow. In the context of a medical malpractice case, “negligence” is often defined as a failure to proceed the same way as a reasonable physician with the same background and degree of training. From incorrect use of forceps to delayed delivery, there are many ways that a doctor or hospital may be considered negligent in a birth injury case.
Here are some of the most common birth injuries that may be caused by negligence:
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Facial paralysis
- Cerebral palsy
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder dystocia
- Infant hemorrhage
- Birth asphyxia (oxygen deprivation)
- Forcep or vacuum injuries
Why File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
While financial compensation cannot undo what has happened to you and your child, it can allow you to achieve a sense of justice in knowing that the responsible parties have been made accountable. A successful birth injury case can also provide you with the rightful compensation you need to provide a full and meaningful life for your child, as well as ensure that similar mistakes do not occur to other innocent children in the future.
In a birth injury lawsuit, you may be able to sue for the following damages:
- Medical expenses: Includes past and future costs for doctor and hospital visits, surgeries, medical treatments, lab tests and X-rays, physical therapy, and medications.
- Therapy and counseling bills: Covers bills related to your mental health, such as psychiatric visits, counseling visits, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other needs.
- Disability accommodations: Includes all home modifications, vehicle updates, and long-term care needs related to your child’s disability.
- Special education needs: Includes special education costs for children with cerebral palsy and other lifelong disabilities caused by a birth injury.
- Pain and suffering: Accounts for physical pain and suffering as well as the emotional pain related to a serious birth injury. These are called “non-economic damages” and there is no limit on these in New Jersey.
- Punitive damages: Awarded at the jury’s discretion to punish defendants in extreme cases of gross negligence and abuse. These are limited at $350,000 or five times the amount of compensatory damages.
Recognized as National Leaders in Birth Injury Litigation
Our attorneys, including our Senior Partner, Dennis M. Donnelly, have been recognized as leaders in the field of birth injury. We have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, including a wrongful birth case that provided a $14 million verdict.
Recently, Dennis won a twenty (20) million dollar verdict due to a catastrophic birth injury after a month-long trial. He has handled many such difficult catastrophic birth injury claims over his career. We are passionate about helping innocent victims of negligence secure the justice and compensation they are owed.
We understand that you likely have many questions and concerns about the future. Our legal team is here to provide you with the compassionate, personalized legal guidance you need and deserve. Throughout the legal process, we will serve as your dedicated advocate.
RECENT BIRTH INJURY CASE RESULTS
$20 Million - Cerebral Palsy
$14 Million - Wrongful Birth
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Fighting for Justice One Case at a Time
A birth injury can change your child’s life and the future of your family. But that doesn’t mean that your child can’t lead a full life. At The Donnelly Law Firm, we not only seek justice on behalf of our clients, but we are also focused on helping families recover the maximum compensation they need to provide for their child’s current and future medical expenses, pain, suffering, and other losses.
While we strive for swift, favorable settlements, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached. Our New Jersey birth injury lawyers can handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on getting your child the crucial care he or she needs.
Request a free consultation by calling (800) 398-1866. When you turn to The Donnelly Law Firm, there are never any fees until we successfully secure compensation for you.