New Jersey Infant Resuscitation Error Lawyers
Birth Injury Attorneys with Offices in Passaic County, New Jersey
Perhaps the only time you want to hear your baby cry is immediately after he or she is born. After labor and delivery, a baby’s cries are a welcome indication that he or she is breathing. Ideally, your baby is born healthy and he or she cries within the first 30 seconds to 1 minute of life. Unfortunately, some infants have difficulty breathing immediately after being born, while others will require intervention or resuscitation for respiratory distress that occurs in the hours or days after birth. Under either set of circumstances, an infant having trouble breathing can be extremely dangerous if medical professionals fail to take immediate action. Moreover, errors during infant resuscitation can spell catastrophic consequences, including severe brain damage, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, cognitive impairments, and in the most tragic cases, death.
Fronzuto Law Group is home to a renowned team of medical malpractice attorneys who are dedicated to providing unwavering support and unparalleled representation to victims who have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence throughout New Jersey. With a firm that concentrates solely on medical malpractice and product liability claims, we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and resources, which we employ every day to effectively advocate for our clients. Additionally, our firm’s founder, New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney Ernest P. Fronzuto, is called upon as a national resource for complex cases of pediatric malpractice. In the past several years, our legal team has achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients with cases ranging from craniosynostosis and deformational plagiocephaly, to newborn respiratory distress and epidural abscess with cord compression. To discuss your case or your child’s case with one of our highly knowledgeable lawyers today, contact our Passaic County offices at 973-435-4551 or toll free at 888-409-0816. We provide cost-free, no obligation consultations.
Conditions that May Require Infant Resuscitation
The first 24 hours of a baby’s life are the most critical, as almost 50 percent of all newborn deaths occur within this time period. Among those infants who do not survive, asphyxia and respiratory distress occur in an astounding number of cases. For those who do survive, oxygen deprivation can create serious, life-long health problems. There are a myriad of reasons why an infant may require resuscitation at some point after birth. In fact, approximately 10 percent of all deliveries will require some form of intervention to assist the infant with successful breathing.
Babies who are deprived of oxygen before, during, or immediately after delivery, a condition called perinatal asphyxia, often require resuscitation. In addition, infants born premature, specifically those with extremely low births weights, are commonly in need of breathing intervention after delivery. Some of the other predominant factors correlated with the need for infant resuscitation include: a prolapsed umbilical cord or umbilical cord compression, assisted deliveries using vacuum extractors or forceps, meconium aspiration syndrome, and Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR).
Identifying the Need for Resuscitation
It is well-documented and universally recognized in the medical community that infants who require resuscitation and respiratory intervention need to be identified and treated immediately. When an infant is born and exhibiting normal functioning, which includes clear amniotic fluid, adequate respiratory effort, and good muscle tone, he or she can receive routine treatment. However, in the absence of such circumstances, infants may require any of the following interventions:
- Providing warmth
- Appropriate positioning
- Airway suctioning to clear the airway
- CPR and chest compression
- Surfactant (for infants with respiratory distress syndrome)
Complications of Infant Resuscitation Errors
The primary purpose of infant resuscitation is to restore adequate oxygen to the baby’s brain as soon as possible. The adverse consequences of oxygen deprivation are immense and often permanent. If medical professionals fail to recognize the need for infant resuscitation or improperly perform infant resuscitation techniques, potential complications include:
- Hypoxic brain injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental delays
- Cognitive impairments
- Physical and functional deficits
Contact our New Jersey Infant Resuscitation Error Attorneys to Discuss Your Case
If you suspect that medical professionals were negligent in identifying or performing the resuscitation of your baby, and he or she suffered harm as a result, contact Fronzuto Law Group to learn more about the legal options that may be available to you. Our highly knowledgeable birth injury lawyers will answer and address all of your questions and concerns during a cost-free initial consultation. Reach our offices anytime at 973-435-4551 or contact us online.