Parents in Bergen County who are expecting a child mostly hope that mother and baby are healthy following the birth of the child. Sadly, things do not always end so well. An act of medical malpractice during the labor and delivery process sometimes has tragic results — the death of the newborn infant due to birth injuries.
What is a wrongful death when it comes to birth injuries?
A birth injury caused by the negligence of the medical professionals in charge may leave some parents wondering if they have any legal options. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible to pursue a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death is a fatality that is caused by someone’s negligent actions. State law varies, but in general if the infant is born alive, but ultimately dies due to negligent birth injuries, the parents may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim
There are several ways that a fatal birth injury could take place. One is if the medical professional acts negligently or recklessly during the birthing process, deviating from the accepted standard of care and leading the newborn to suffer a fatal injury. Another way a fatal birth injury can take place is if the physician caring for the expectant mother gives the mother a medication that ultimately harms the child while it is in the womb.
Seeking help following the wrongful death of a newborn
If parents in New Jersey believe their child died due to an otherwise preventable birth injury, they may need to consult with attorneys in their area to determine if they have a viable claim. An attorney will take all the steps necessary to negotiate a settlement or if necessary, provide competent and effective advocacy should the case go to trial. Our website has more information on birth injuries that Rochelle Park parents may find useful. Losing a baby is a heartbreaking event, but it may be possible under the right circumstances to pursue compensation for the losses suffered.