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Unnecessary tests and procedures can be risky to newborns

The news of a newborn baby is one to celebrate. Unfortunately, this news can sometimes be overshadowed by complications during labor and delivery. Complications may be quickly remedied, producing a healthy baby and mom. Other times, complications can be devastating, leading to life-long injuries and disabilities for the child.
If these injuries are a result of the negligence of a doctor or hospital, the parents may be able to recover from the negligent party. Life-long injuries are traumatic and can be very costly. If a doctor or health care provider is found liable, then the parents may be able to gain compensation to pay for the resulting expenses. A New York birth injury lawyer can be helpful to parents in determining the right course of action to take and how to be successful in providing for the child’s needs.
In addition to labor delivery negligent, doctors can also get in trouble by ordering tests and procedures that are unnecessary. These tests can do more harm than good and are often completed just to drive up expenses. Patients should have an open conversation with doctors and obstetricians to make sure that all procedures are productive, necessary and safe.
One such procedure is induced labor or cesarean section before a mother is full-term. Full-term is usually 39 weeks. Babies born before this can have serious health problems with lungs or learning difficulties later in life. Doctors need to be aware of these risks before proceeding and potentially harming the baby and mother.

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Jay W. Dankner

JAY W. DANKNER was born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from law school in 1973, he joined the firm of the legendary, Harry H, Lipsig, under whose tutelage he learned the intricacies of civil litigation and trials. He tried and won his first case against General Motors in a case involving a design defect within weeks after his admission. Thereafter, he focused his attention on the emerging and developing field of law known as products liability litigation.

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