New Jersey Birth Injury Lawyers
Over $1 Billion in Compensation Recovered for Clients
Physicians, nurses, and hospitals that care for pregnancy mothers and facilitate childbirth have obligations to act within accepted standards of care. When providers fail to meet this standard and cause preventable birth injuries as a result, they can be held liable for the resulting damages.
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A. our trial attorneys fight for children and parents in complex claims involving birth injuries and medical malpractice. If you or your child suffered harm due to negligent care, you can be confident about working with our firm.
- We have recovered over $1 billion in compensation for clients.
- In the past 5 years, we’ve won more than $350 million in recoveries.
- We’ve earned U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” highest Tier 1 ranking.
- Attorney Rosemary E. McGeady, M.D. is a doctor/lawyer with more than 20 years of experience as a Board-Certified Physician.
- Our team includes lawyers who are New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Specialists, a distinction earned by less than 3% of attorneys statewide.
Since 1939, Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has been trusted by families across New Jersey. Because we know these are difficult times, we do everything we can to make things a little easier.
- We offer FREE, no-obligation case evaluations to help evaluate if you have a case.
- We cover the costs for investigating and litigating your claim and charge nothing up-front.
- We only get paid if a recovery is made in your case – if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Our birth injury attorneys serve residents of Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, and all 21 counties of New Jersey from multiple offices. We’re available to review your case and whether you have grounds to pursue legal action. Contact us for a FREE case evaluation.
How Do I Know if Malpractice Caused Birth Injury?
Examples of Birth Injury Claims
Backed by a team of top-rated trial lawyers, Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has the resources to litigate all types of birth injury claims. This includes cases of:
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Bone fractures
- Facial paralysis
- Shoulder dystocia
- Forceps or vacuum injury
- Wrongful birth / wrongful death
Birth injuries can include any number of injuries suffered by babies or mothers due to negligence during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. When investigating potential medical malpractice actions arising from childbirth-related injuries, our attorneys carefully evaluate providers’ quality of care and whether their actions deviated from accepted standards.
Because the specific facts of a case will determine what the applicable standard of care is for any one case, it is important for families with potential claims to speak with experienced attorneys during an evaluation. Substandard care can take many forms and it can be difficult to gauge if malpractice is to blame. Some examples of medical negligence that can give victims grounds to bring claims:
- Failure to treat complications in pregnancy (gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, infection, etc.)
- Failure to diagnose maternal infection or risk-factor conditions
- Surgical errors and medication or anesthesia errors
- Failure to monitor fetal heart rate or identify and respond to signs of fetal distress
- Delayed C-sections resulting in infant brain damage
- Improper use of labor-inducing drugs (Pitocin), forceps, or vacuum extractors
- Negligent post-birth care, failure to provide timely treatment, NICU negligence
- Failure to perform genetic counseling / wrongful birth claims
- Tugging on the baby too forcefully during delivery
Fighting for Full Compensation After a Birth Injury
If a doctor, nurse, or hospital failed to meet the standard of care of care during pregnancy, labor, or delivery and caused preventable injuries as a result, they can be held financially responsible for resulting damages. Depending on the nature of birth injuries, these damages can include:
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Long-term care, education, and rehabilitation
- Expenses for medications and medical devices
- Lost income and lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering / emotional anguish
- Disability / loss of quality of life
- Other economic and non-economic losses
In birth injury cases, it is often crucial that families fully illustrate all of the losses they suffered due to a provider’s negligence – as well as the losses they are likely to incur in the future. This includes the time, costs, and emotional investment associated with caring for a child with permanent disabilities, delays, and special needs.
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A., we know the future of children and families can depend on the compensation they recover in birth injury actions. We fight aggressively for the maximum recovery possible.
Birth defects and birth injuries are not one in the same:
- Birth defects are congenital or hereditary, meaning they are present at birth
- Birth injuries result from some type of trauma during pregnancy or childbirth
While birth defects are sometimes hereditary, they can also be caused by other deleterious factors. This can include exposure to dangerous products or substances or toxic exposure on another’s premises. If someone else’s negligence played a role in causing birth defects, it may be possible for families to financially recover damages from the responsible parties.
NICU Errors & Birth Injuries
Babies are often admitted to the NICU because they were delivered prematurely and / or they are having breathing problems. Nurses, staff, and doctors must all carefully monitor and treat the child during this time. Even the smallest of medical errors could lead to a devastating brain injury.
- Failure to properly oxygenate / ventilate the baby
- Lack of treatment for respiratory distress
- Inattention or lack of monitoring
- Delayed or improper resuscitation following birth
- Failure to treat conditions or problems efficiently and properly
- Failure to recognized / treat seizures
- Medication errors or negligence
We’ve Won Over $350 Million in the Last 5 Years
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has won over $350 million in the last 5 years and more than $1 billion in compensation for victims of negligence. Examples of our recent results:
- $7 million settlement for a truck accident victim.
- $6 million for drunk driving accident victim.
- $3.5 million verdict for a victim injured by defective truck steps.
To speak with a New Jersey birth injury attorney about your rights and options, call or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Medical Malpractice Settlement $12,500,000
Tractor-Trailer Jury Verdict $8,000,000
A 35-year-old laborer who resides in Kearny was seriously injured while working on the median of a highway when a passing tractor-trailer lost a wheel that struck him. Evidence at trial established that after a recent tire change, the lug nuts were not properly secured by both the owner and the independent contractor who had installed the tire. Our client suffered severe head and orthopedic injuries and is now totally disabled as a result of the accident.
Premises Liability Jury Verdict $7,000,000
A woman was putting her 3-year-old son on a carnival amusement ride while holding onto a portable fence when she received an electrical shock. Our client was hospitalized and later developed Traumatic Dystonia, a condition that caused tremors in the hand and makes the fingers curl.
Personal Injury Settlement $7,000,000
A Middlesex County man was severely injured and burned as a result of a collision with a truck. The truck driver had lost control of his vehicle and had come through a median barrier which had failed to redirect the truck away from oncoming traffic. Expert testimony established that the median barrier was defective and therefore failed to protect motorist from this type of accident.
Personal Injury Jury Verdict $6,000,000
A female drunk driver crashed into plaintiff’s vehicle causing multiple fractures to the right ankle and foot. Plaintiff’s doctor testified that plaintiff would be under pain management protocol for the rest of his life due to this condition.
Tractor-Trailer Settlement $3,700,000
A Morristown woman was injured when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that lost control on black ice on Interstate 287. The defendant's truck had jack-knifed as it was changing lanes in order to avoid an earlier accident. The accident resulted in our client suffering severe head injuries.
Product Liability Jury Verdict $3,500,000
Worker injured by product defect on his commercial truck.
Personal Injury Verdict $3,200,000
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Kim Gozsa recently obtained a $3.2 million dollar verdict on behalf of a client who was injured in a slip and fall accident at an outlet shopping plaza in Jackson, New Jersey. The substantial jury award stems from a case in which Kim’s client slipped and fell on ice on a sidewalk at the Jackson Premium Outlets, an outlet shopping center in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
Personal Injury Settlement $3,000,000
A 31-year old iron worker was injured in a construction site accident when he was struck in the head by a cinder block. Despite the facts that he was wearing a hard hat at the time, the plaintiff still received a serious closed head injury resulting in both memory loss and total disability. The case was handled by both Richard Levinson and James Dunn and settled at the time of trial.
Premises Liability Jury Verdict $3,000,000
An Edison delivery man slipped on a wet floor while delivering a package. He broke his knee in the fall and suffered an injury to his spine, which in turn aggravated pre-existing conditions of incontinence and impotence which had been caused by previous injuries.
Premises Liability Jury Verdict $3,000,000
Our client, a North Plainfield man, was injured when he slipped and fell on snowy steps while exiting his building. He suffered a lumbar disc injury, requiring surgery. The jury found his landlord 100% liable for the accident for failing to clear the steps to the building.
Wrongful Death Jury Verdict $3,000,000
A worker developed asbestosis and lung cancer due to Asbestos exposure. Evidence at trial proved asbestos to be a defective product, which causes harm to workers who use it. Jury awarded the victim's widow damages for wrongful death.
Inadequate Security Jury Verdict $2,700,000
A mother of nine was shot and killed while working at a convenience store. Evidence at trial proved a lack of adequate security, including a panic button and outgoing phone line, had placed this worker at risk. Expert testimony also established that there was an increased risk of criminal activity in convenience stores which had inadequate surveillance equipment. The matter was upheld on Appeal, and settled prior to being reviewed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Third-Party Work Injury Settlement $2,650,000
The plaintiff sustained a traumatic amputation of one leg, and a crush injury to the opposite foot, in a construction site accident. The claim was brought against the Department of Transportation, as it had a duty to monitor safety on the work site and its failure to do so contributed to the happening of this accident.
Premises Liability Settlement $2,500,000
Our client was injured while delivering a 3,000 pound piece of equipment to defendant's premises. The defendant's employees were assisting our client in unloading the product when one of them prematurely activated the lift gate, causing the piece of equipment to fall and strike his legs. He suffered serious injuries to both legs, requiring multiple surgeries.
Auto Accident Settlement $2,500,000
Levinson Axelrod Partner, Mark V. Kuminski represented a local Franklin Township woman who was involved in a three-car motor vehicle accident. The incident occurred when one of the drivers, later named as the defendant in the personal injury lawsuit filed by Mark and our firm, rear-ended a vehicle that had been stopped. Mark’s ability to express the full scope of damages incurred by our client, proved successful in compelling the jury to rule in our client’s favor.
Motorcycle Collision Settlement $2,500,000
A young man was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle to work when another driver made a left hand turn in front of him, leaving our client had no memory of the accident. He suffered a number of serious fractures and underwent multiple surgeries, leaving him with disabilities. The case settled on the second day of trial.
Personal Injury Settlement $2,500,000
Our client suffered a traumatic head injury after falling due to an unsecure railing.
Personal Injury Jury Verdict $2,250,000
The plaintiff injured her ankle when she stepped into a cement cut out in a commercial sidewalk where a tree had been planted. The plaintiff had been walking on the sidewalk on her way to a down town holiday festival. Her attention had been distracted by a negligently placed chestnut grilling stand, thereby diverting her attention away from the cut out. The plaintiff brought claims against both the property owner and the operator of the chestnut stand.
Construction Accident Settlement $2,200,000
The plaintiff sustained a herniated disc in his lower back, for which he was required to undergo a surgical fusion. When the surgery failed to improve his symptoms, the plaintiff underwent the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is committed to helping good people through difficult times. We build real relationships and make communication a priority to provide the best possible service and results.
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