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Birth Injuries

Our New Jersey Birth Injury Attorneys Help Mothers and Babies Recover

Let our lawyer-doctor guide your family through the legal process following obstetric mistakes

The happiness that generally accompanies the birth of a child can be suddenly overshadowed by feelings of sadness and fear if you or your baby is injured by a medical mistake. No amount of money can reverse the damage, but financial recovery can help you successfully meet the challenges you face.

Since 1976, Seigel Law has supported families who have experienced the painful consequences of an obstetric mistake. Our team represents women and babies who sustained injuries during any phase of pregnancy or delivery in our communities of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton.

We know you have many questions about birth injuries and your right to recover damages. Our lawyer-doctor provide you with the focused attention and compassionate understanding you deserve during this difficult time. We give you straightforward advice that empowers you to make important decisions about your legal case.

Birth injuries to the mother

Childbirth is temporarily traumatic to a woman’s body. However, if pregnancy or delivery leaves a woman with permanent disabilities, it is time to ask why. Your ob-gyn may be responsible for devastating birth injuries caused by:

  • Assisted delivery injuries — Assisted delivery refers to the use of obstetric tools and forceps to guide the baby through the birth canal. The procedure comes with substantial risks to the mother’s health. Forceps errors can cause fourth-degree vaginal tears, uterine rupture, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary and fecal incontinence.
  • Prenatal negligence — Substandard prenatal care affects both the mother and her baby. A woman who receives negligent care during her pregnancy risks infections, vitamin deficiencies, undiagnosed gestational diabetes and undiagnosed preeclampsia.

Injuries to newborns

An obstetric mistake can forever change the course of your child’s life. For example, your baby may experience problems in utero or during labor that result in:

  • Cerebral palsyCerebral palsy results from brain damage and permanently affects a child’s muscle movements and reflexes. The congenital condition has been linked to interruption of the blood supply to the brain — cerebral asphyxia — during a prolonged delivery or because of fetal stroke.
  • Erb’s palsyErb’s palsy is a type of brachial injury that can cause muscle weakness, loss of sensation and paralysis to the affected arm. The medical condition occurs when a doctor pulls the baby’s head and neck at an awkward angle through the birth canal, which causes the nerves to stretch or tear.
  • Fetal distress — Obstetricians should be trained to recognize the symptoms of fetal distress — such as changes in fetal heart rate, lack of fetal movement, bleeding, cramping and high blood pressure. Failure to do so can result in serious injuries to the baby.

Hold your obstetrician responsible for injuries to mother or child

Seigel Law only practices PI and medical malpractice litigation. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial appointment with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood, NJ firm. Our attorneys are available to visit you in your home or at the hospital if necessary. Because we handle your case on contingency, you do not owe us attorney fees unless we recover damages through a verdict or settlement.

  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

  • (95 Reviews)

    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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