Children with significant genetic disorders and birth defects have devastating disabilities that frequently cause unimaginable pain and suffering, and also may result in exorbitant medical costs and lifelong care. Today, due to advances in molecular genetics and fetal imaging through ultrasonography, many genetic disorders and birth defects can be identified early enough during pregnancy to allow the parents an opportunity to choose whether to allow the pregnancy to continue.
In many states, including New Jersey, if a genetic disorder or birth defect is not timely detected during the pregnancy due to medical negligence, the family can bring a wrongful birth claim. The damages in a wrongful birth case include the extraordinary costs associated with caring for a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect as well as the parents’ emotional suffering they experience as they watch their child suffer and anguish over the difficulties the child will endure in the future.
From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers advise and represent clients in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation matters throughout New Jersey. We invite your inquiry regarding any of the following prenatal care issues: