New Jersey Maternal Infection Lawyers
Medical Malpractice and Pregnancy Attorneys in Passaic County, New Jersey
Pregnancy is an extremely sensitive time, with two lives hanging in the balance. As doctors continuously monitor the growth and wellbeing of the developing child, it is equally important to monitor the health of the mother. A variety of complications can threaten the health of the mother and adversely impact the health of her child, as the two lives are intricately connected during this critical period. Maternal infections are a prime example of such a phenomenon. If a woman contracts an infection during pregnancy, there is a significant chance that this infection will be transmitted, either during gestation or during labor and delivery. These conditions can quickly progress and become life-threatening. In fact, undiagnosed and untreated maternal infections can result premature labor and stillbirths, as well as birth defects, developmental delays, serious illness, and even the death of the child. When doctors fail to identify and treat maternal infection in a timely manner, they can be held liable through medical malpractice litigation.
At Fronzuto Law Group, our firm is dedicated to advocating for mothers and babies who suffer harm at the hands of medical professionals. From birth injuries to pediatric malpractice, we use extensive research, evidence-based strategies, and extensive litigation experience to achieve maximum compensation for our clients. For instance, we recently achieved $1,650,000.00 on behalf of a female client who suffered paraplegia after doctors failed to identify an epidural abscess. At our firm, there is no medical condition or medical malpractice case too complex. In fact, we embrace the most challenging cases and purposely limit our caseload to provide unparalleled focus and attention to each of our clients. If you or someone you love has sustained some form of injury, and you believe medical negligence may have played a role, contact our Passaic County offices at 973-435-4551 to discuss your potential claim. We provide cost-free initial consultations and represent clients throughout New Jersey.
Maternal Infections During Pregnancy: The Basics
Maternal infections begin in the mother; however, they can be transmitted to the fetus during fetal development or during labor and delivery. In the first trimester of pregnancy, maternal infections can cause serious illness in the mother and result in miscarriages or birth defects for the fetus. Other maternal infections can result in preterm labor and serious complications for the baby once born. Still other maternal infections are passed from the mother to the baby when the mother’s water breaks, or during delivery when the infant becomes exposed to maternal blood. This is known as perinatal or vertical transmission.
There are specific junctures during pregnancy at which physicians must test for abnormalities. They must also be attuned to the mother’s symptoms to identify potential complications such as maternal infection. In order to diagnose maternal infections, doctors may use a variety of tests and procedures, including: maternal blood tests, spinal taps, ultrasounds, amniocentesis (testing of the amniotic fluid), and cordocentesis or percutaneous blood sampling (testing of the umbilical cord). Specific treatment for maternal infections is determined based on the circumstances of each unique case. Some available treatment options include: antibiotics, corticosteroids, antiviral medications, and nutritional support.
Common Maternal Infections
Some of the common maternal infections that can be transmitted from mother to baby include:
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV): the most predominant infection transmitted to a fetus
- Chicken pox and shingles
- Hepatitis B and C
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
- Sexually transmitted diseases: HIV, AIDS, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea
- Group B Streptococci (GSB)
- Epstein-Barr virus
Potential Complications of Maternal Infections
If maternal infections remain unidentified and untreated, a host of serious complications may result. These may affect the mother, the baby, or both. Some of the potential complications of maternal infections include:
- Preterm labor
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic brain injuries
- Cognitive impairments
- Developmental delays
- Seizure disorders
Contact our NJ Maternal Infection Injury Lawyers for Additional Information
If you or your child suffered harm as a result of an undiagnosed or untreated maternal infection in New Jersey, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about the avenues that may be available to you, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Fronzuto Law Group at 973-435-4551 or toll free at 888-409-0816 for a free initial consultation.