Birth Injury Lawyers Standing Up For Families Harmed By Birth Injuries
When the medical professionals tasked with bringing a child into the world do not do their duty, their mistakes can do irrevocable damage to both mother and child. Families dealing with the life-changing consequences of these errors deserve to have experienced help as they pursue justice.
At The Masters Law Firm, L.C., our experienced medical malpractice attorneys have a proven track record of standing up for West Virginia mothers and children who have been impacted by birth injuries. Our lawyers take the time to understand the impact that these injuries have on families and go the distance to help them pursue the compensation they need.
What Is A Birth Injury?
A birth injury is any harm endured by your baby during birth. Birth injuries can be temporary, like rashes, burns, bruises or swelling. They can also be permanent and leave your child with conditions like cerebral palsy or prenatal asphyxia. These conditions often stay with your child for life and can be expensive to treat.
What Types Of Birth Injuries Impact West Virginia Families?
When health care providers use medical devices improperly, fail to appropriately monitor a mother or child’s health, or make other errors during pregnancy or labor, those mistakes can lead to serious or fatal harm. Medical errors that can lead to long-term challenges for a child or mother include:
- Brain injuries – Physical trauma from a vacuum or forceps and oxygen deprivation can seriously damage the brain, leading to hemorrhages, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or periventricular leukomalacia (PVL).
- Spinal cord injuries – Injuries to the neck during birth can compress or otherwise damage the spinal cord, leading to paralysis, weakness and limited sensation below the injury.
- Cerebral palsy – Injury to the brain and infections during pregnancy can lead to cerebral palsy.
- Failure to detect and treat maternal conditions – During pregnancy, a mother’s health has a direct impact on the developing baby, and doctors must properly treat any health issues that arise. Conditions like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and hypertension all impact both the mother’s health and the child’s development.
- Shoulder dystocia – When a baby’s shoulders become stuck during delivery, the nerves between the neck and arms may pull or tear.
How Do You Prove A Birth Injury?
You can build a compelling case by:
- Providing evidence of the injury.
- Confirming that you were a patient under the negligent medical provider’s care.
- Demonstrating how your medical providers violated their duty of care and how their violation led to the injury of your newborn child.
There can be a lot of information and evidence to work with when proving medical negligence. Call us today at 304-342-3106 to pursue the compensation and accountability your family deserves.
What To Do If Your Child Has A Birth Injury
If you believe your newborn suffered a birth injury, take these four steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention: Bring your child to a trusted pediatrician or neurologist if you notice anything off. They may be able to diagnose them with a specific issue and determine whether the injury occurred during birth. They can also advise you on effective treatment options moving forward.
- Collect all necessary evidence: If you believe your child’s doctor or nurse are responsible for their birth injury, collect any documentation you have from your interactions with them.
- Speak with witnesses: Talk with them to any medical staff present during your child’s birth to see if they noticed any reckless or unethical from your doctor.
- Call an attorney: Bring evidence and witness statements to a trusted attorney once you have evidence and witness statements. They can turn this evidence into an emotionally compelling case to help you seek justice.
No one ever wants their child to suffer an injury during birth, especially from a medical provider they put their trust in. However, there are avenues you can take to hold them accountable for their recklessness.
Is It Too Late To Take Legal Action?
The impact of a birth injury can last a lifetime, but families only have a limited amount of time to seek justice after a birth injury. Generally, families have up to two years after the injury to file a lawsuit against negligent health care providers. As a result, families may want to seek guidance as soon as possible to ensure that they meet these deadlines.
How Can An Experienced Birth Injury Attorney Help?
First, an experienced birth injury lawyer can help you identify whether your doctor or other health care provider could have prevented the injury to either mother or child. As a result, consulting with a lawyer can help you determine whether you qualify for a malpractice claim.
A birth injury lawyer can also help you determine how much your claim is worth. Because birth injuries can lead to lifelong health challenges for mothers and children, achieving fair compensation depends on understanding the full impact of the injury. Lawyers with experience in medical malpractice cases can not only assess your care needs today but also identify future costs and other ways that the injury impacted your life.
Most of all, a birth injury attorney can help you seek justice and hold your health care providers accountable for their actions. When you sought treatment from your doctor, you put both your life and your child’s future in their hands. By taking legal action with a skilled lawyer by your side, you can not only recover compensation for the harm you suffered but also protect other families by holding health care providers to account for their errors.
Take Steps To Protect Your Family Today
You and your family do not have to face the impact of a birth injury alone. From our office in Charleston, The Masters Law Firm, L.C., provides legal representation to injured people and their families throughout West Virginia. Call 304-342-3106 or reach out to our firm online to schedule a free consultation with one of our birth injury lawyers and learn more about your options.