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Has your child suffered an injury during the birthing process as a result of a negligent doctor or healthcare professional? If so, it is very important that you get in touch with an experienced West Virginia birth injury attorney who can create a solid case on your behalf.

You should not waste any time in contacting an attorney about a possible medical malpractice lawsuit. At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC, we have the experience, knowledge, and resources you need to get through the entire legal process. We believe that in the case of a birth injury, your family deserves to recover compensation to cover expenses.

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Causes of Birth Injuries

Although the doctor or nurse practitioner who is delivering the baby should have experience with virtually any situation, negligence and mistakes may still occur. These injuries arise from the misconduct of some sort, either intentional or accidental. When these mistakes, in turn, cause injury or harm to either mother or child, this could leave you entitled to compensation for the damages.

Common causes of birth injuries caused by negligence include:

  • Improper use of forceps
  • Improper use of vacuum
  • Excessive force during removal
  • Perinatal Hypoxia
  • Improper administration of medication
  • Waiting too long to perform a C-Section
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress
  • Failure to monitor a baby with a slow heart rate
  • Injuries suffered because of an improperly given epidural
  • Inducing labor at the wrong moment or with the wrong amount of medication

A few of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:

Common Signs of Infant Brain Damage

Many signs of brain damage can be detected within the first few days after an infant’s birth, such as:

  • An abnormally shaped forehead or spine
  • Distorted facial features
  • An abnormally large or small head
  • Difficulty focusing gaze
  • Neck stiffness
  • Constant crying
  • Difficulty sleeping when lying flat
  • Constant fussiness without an obvious cause
  • Seizures

Other signs of brain damage may not become apparent until your child begins missing certain developmental milestones. These symptoms may affect your child’s physical, behavioral, cognitive, or perceptual abilities.

Physical symptoms of infant brain damage may include:

  • Severe issues sleeping
  • Constant lethargy
  • Light sensitivity
  • Paralysis
  • Tremors

Developmental milestones that can be missed due to brain damage include:

  • Crawling
  • Sitting up unsupported
  • Grasping objects
  • Walking
  • Speaking
  • Self-feeding
  • Self-dressing

What's the Next Step?

Any type of serious birth injury can be overwhelming to the entire family and may even be life-altering. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering, the costs involved in medical care and treatment are astronomical.

If a medical professional or healthcare facility did not follow the proper procedures during the birth process, it is very important that you file a claim to ensure justice is upheld and that compensation is provided. You can rely on our team to provide you with the support you need during this time.

Please call our office now at (304) 605-2040 to speak with a birth injury lawyer in West Virginia during a free consultation.

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