Throughout the course of your pregnancy, you and your obstetricians or other healthcare providers should discuss prenatal screening options. These tests can detect birth defects, congenital illnesses, or other fetal conditions. When parents have correct and comprehensive information with regard to prenatal tests and their results, they can make informed decisions with regard to the pregnancy.
Some prenatal testing is invasive. For instance, amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling both involve puncturing the placenta to draw a sample of amniotic fluid, or a chorionic tissue sample for testing. These procedures carry some risks, although modern technology and the skills of well trained healthcare providers have minimized the associated problems.
Other, less invasive screening techniques include: ultrasonography, nuchal translucency tests, genetic tests, and screens of the maternal blood serum.
Prenatal diagnostics offer a range of benefits. In the event that a baby has a birth defect, alert parents and doctors can prepare accordingly, both financially and medically. Some parents, depending upon the potential severity of the child's condition, may choose to terminate permanency to avoid giving birth to a child with little hope of having any quality of life. In some cases, problematic pregnancies can create health complications for the mother, so screening effectively can protect the mother against injury or disease.
Inadequate or negligent prenatal testing can be grounds for a medical liability lawsuit in some circumstances where a child is born with a birth defect, or conditions such as Spina Bifida, Sickle Cell Anemia, Down Syndrome, etc. Given the complexities and emotional ramifications of filing claims, it's important for aggrieved parties to consult with experienced "wrongful birth"/birth injury attorneys.
For a no cost consultation regarding your prenatal testing matter, contact the New Jersey personal injury lawyers of Blume Forte; and please feel free to contact us at (973) 635-5400 for more information with regard to these types of claims.
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