Birth Injury Lawyers
The birth of a child is usually a celebrated event, full of exhilaration and an optimistic affirmation of a bright future.
Most often, physicians, nurses and midwives usher in that blessed event providing excellent care with happy results. Expectant parents should be kept informed of their baby’s condition and the doctor’s plan to manage the delivery. The health care providers have a duty to provide reasonable care in managing labor and assisting in delivery. If they fail in that duty, however, the results can be catastrophic.
Negligent failure to monitor and respond to the baby’s distress, or improper and excessive use of force in delivering the baby can interrupt or prevent oxygen flow to the brain, or damage muscles or nerves in the baby’s neck, shoulders or arms, leaving the child permanently and severely impaired.
Our attorneys understand how birth injuries can affect your family. If you would like to speak with a lawyer, call 866-388-1307 for a free consultation. With eight offices in Virginia, we help clients throughout the state.
Types of birth injuries
There are many different types of birth injuries and some injuries can be more severe than others. However, in each case, a birth injury increases an infant’s risk of future health issues.
Head and brain birth injuries
In typical births, the head is delivered first and experiences most of the pressure during delivery. Potential injuries include:
- Brain Damage
- Brain Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Cerebral palsy – damage to areas of the brain that control balance, posture and movement results in poor coordination, tremors and speaking problems
- Cranial injuries
- Delayed C-Section – the need for a C-Section should be identified early and the procedure performed promptly to ensure the infant has sufficient oxygen
- Hydrocephalus - complications during delivery can result in excessive accumulation of fluid in the skull that exerts pressure on the brain
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) - HIE occurs when the entire brain is partially deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen
- Oxygen Deprivation
- Subcapsular hematomas - bleeding inside the skull increases pressure on the brain and the risk of brain damage
Nerve injuries that can occur during birth
- Brachial Plexus Nerves - injuries to this network of nerves can result in loss of feeling in the arm or hand, lack of muscle control to the arm, or a paralyzed arm.
- Erb's Palsy – arm paralysis can result from damage to a specific area of the brachial plexus nerves
Other injuries that can occur during birth
- Broken bones
- Intradural bleeding - bleeding within the spinal column can cause damage to nerves within the spine
- Subcutaneous hemorrhaging - internal bleeding that is difficult to stop
The experienced team of attorneys at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen handle medical malpractice cases involving the negligence of physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities and providers.
We will help you understand the nature of birth injuries and their future effects on you and your family. We understand how therapy, treatment and other assistance may be necessary. When choosing a lawyer to handle your birth injury case, look for a Virginia law firm with proven results[. We’ll work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve as a result of the negligence of others.
Contact the Allen Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 1-866-388-1307.