Not every birth injury you or your baby suffers is due to the negligence of your doctor in New Jersey. Some situations are unforeseeable and a doctor may do everything in his or her power to avoid problems. However, there are some situations where a doctor does not act fast enough or otherwise does not follow the standard of care which would result in medical malpractice.
WebMD explains that with modern equipment and technology, your doctor should know ahead of time if there is an abnormal presentation issue. This is when your baby is not coming through the birth canal in the right position. Some positions make it impossible for you to deliver vaginally and could put your baby at risk for injury.
This leads to prolonged labor. While doctors like to avoid interventions, which comes with their own risks, letting your labor go on for too long can hurt you and your baby. Your doctor should monitor you and the baby carefully and act quickly at any signs of distress.
Emergency situations that your doctor should recognize as requiring immediate action include pre-eclampsia and cord prolapse. If you have symptoms of either of these, your doctor should quickly start treatment or deliver your baby to prevent any injuries or harmful effects.
While there are many things that could go wrong during delivery, your doctor will likely catch them before they can become problematic. It is only when your doctor is not paying attention or providing you with proper care that they become a serious situation. This information is for education and is not legal advice.