When a pregnant woman begins a relationship with her doctor, she has the right to expect a high quality of prenatal care for herself and her baby. This relationship extends to the delivery room, room, and post-natal care. Unfortunately, there are many steps along the way that can go terribly wrong if any one of her health care providers is negligent; often leading to serious injuries to the mother or baby.
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If you or your baby suffered a serious injury because of medical negligence during your pregnancy or delivery, you have the right to seek compensation from the doctor, hospital, or insurance provider responsible for covering the negligence claim. The Robinette Legal Group offers experienced, knowledgeable personal injury representation for families that have suffered the terrible realities of a birth injury.
Contact us for a cost-free consultation about your circumstances. We will give your can an honest evaluation and clearly explain your options. Our medical malpractice attorneys offer decades of experience in all areas of personal injury.
We have the resources and experience to handle the most complex types of birth injury claims, including:
Cerebral palsy: Resulting from trauma to the brain, often because of a lack of oxygen during the birth process. Symptoms include the loss of muscular control and nerve functions. Birth injuries that lead to cerebral palsy are often preventable with competent fetal monitoring and prenatal care. It may also be prevented by obstetricians who make sound decisions during difficult labor and delivery. If your child has suffered cerebral palsy as the result of an injury sustained during birth, you may be able to seek compensation from the doctor, the hospital and other parties whose negligence caused or contributed to your child’s condition. An experienced West Virginia cerebral palsy lawyer will be able to guide you through what may be a challenging legal process and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.
Erb’s palsy: Often referred to as brachial plexus injury. Results when the baby’s nerves in the shoulder and neck area are stretched during delivery. Symptoms include weakness in the arm. Erb’s palsy, also commonly known as a brachial plexus injury, is a birth injury that tends to occur following difficult births. It is important to note that a majority of factors that lead to brachial plexus injury and Erb’s palsy are preventable with diligent monitoring of mother and child before and during labor and delivery. It is the responsibility of the doctor and the medical team to carefully anticipate and evaluate these risk factors associated with the mother and the baby and do what is necessary to prevent any birth trauma. If your child has developed Erb’s palsy as the result of a birth injury, our experienced West Virginia Erb’s palsy lawyers can help you closely examine your legal rights and options.
Facial paralysis: Often results when forceps apply pressure to the baby’s face during delivery. Facial paralysis or Bell’s palsy is when one side of the face becomes paralyzed or suddenly weak. This can make it difficult for the person to move his or her mouth, nose, or eyelid. It may also make one side of the face droop or appear stiff. Bell’s palsy often occurs when a facial nerve is not working as it should. Facial nerves may get damaged during difficult labor and delivery, particularly when a doctor applies more force than necessary to get the baby out. Facial paralysis can be emotionally devastating for kids because it drastically affects their appearance. Children may experience bullying or teasing as a result of this condition. If your child has suffered facial paralysis due to birth-related trauma or injury, you may be able to seek compensation for the damages. An experienced West Virginia birth injury attorney can help you further explore your legal rights and options.
Shoulder Dystocia: Results when the baby’s shoulders fail to deliver immediately after the head. It can result in a cutoff of oxygen to the brain if the umbilical cord tangles or is compressed in the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia is typically discovered only after the labor has begun and the complication tends to create problems for both mother and child. There are certain factors that increase the risk of shoulder dystocia, which should prompt care providers to schedule a Cesarean section or C-section instead of going for a vaginal birth. A C-section is when the baby is surgically delivered by making an incision in the mother’s belly and uterus. When a care provider fails to properly evaluate the risks for shoulder dystocia or advises the family to schedule a C-section, shoulder dystocia may result in birth injuries and complications leading to irreversible trauma and potential disabilities. If your child has suffered a birth injury due to shoulder dystocia, please contact an experienced West Virginia shoulder dystocia lawyer who can offer you more information about pursuing your legal rights. C-sectionsurgical errors: A cesarean section delivery is a surgical procedure. With any surgical procedure, you rely on your doctor and hospital staff to ensure that errors are not made, including anesthesia errors, bone fractures, scalpel cuts that may lead to permanent scarring on your child, bladder injuries, excessive bleeding, and blood clots, laceration of the bowels, medication errors, and infections which are not controlled. Mothers who are injured during a C-section surgery may face a number of complications that require additional surgery, long recovery times, and increased physical pain and emotional suffering. Injured victims of C-section surgical errors may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income due to workdays lost, cost of hospitalization, expenses relating to additional surgeries, permanent injuries, disfigurement, pain, and suffering, and emotional distress. Whether the C-section surgical error has resulted in injuries to you or your baby, our West Virginia medical malpractice attorneys can help you receive the compensation you need and rightfully deserve.
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From our offices in Morgantown, we represent clients who have suffered the devastating effects of a birth injury to the mother or baby. Contact us to talk to an attorney at the Robinette Legal Group today.