Birth Injury Attorney
Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke, Virginia
The process of labor and delivery is highly complicated and extremely unpredictable. Medical mistakes that occur during labor and delivery can be severe and even fatal. As parents, we trust that our doctors and medical professionals will guide us through the process of childbirth with the highest standards of care. Each doctor must be able to make split-second decisions to protect the health and safety of the newborn. It is when trained physicians fail to notice warning signs or deviate from the accepted standards of care that children can be harmed unnecessarily. The attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman want to protect you from this type of medical negligence.
The most serious birth injuries are those that affect a child's brain. A lack of oxygen during delivery (hypoxia), or bleeding within the skull or brain is usually what causes birth injuries and often results in irreversible brain damage. A shortage of oxygen can be caused by a number of things, including an unusual birth position, the placenta separating from the uterus wall too early, a problem with circulation in the umbilical cord, or a labor that is too long or too short. Most medical malpractice claims that stem from this cause of injury allege that doctors or medical professionals failed to anticipate, recognize or react to these dangerous scenarios. Use of excessive force, failure to properly anticipate the size of the child, and failure to order a C-section are other factors that can lead to birth injuries. Because many birth injuries can have permanent effects, Kalfus & Nachman birth injury attorneys strive to make sure you are compensated for lifetime care costs associated with the injury.
Some of the common types of birth injuries are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Injuries - such as Erb's Palsy, Klumpke's Palsy, and Horner's Syndrome
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Fractures - fractures of the clavicle or collarbone are most common
- Intracranial hemorrhage - bleeding in the baby's head
- Spinal cord trauma
- Cephalohematoma - an area of bleeding beneath the scalp, can lead to jaundice
- Cranial nerve trauma
- Caput succedaneum - swelling, bleeding, bruising, or discoloration of the scalp
- Depressed skull fractures
- Bruising/forceps marks
- Facial paralysis
- Temporary body paralysis
- Group B strep infections - a life threatening bacterium
- Spasticity - a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted
- Soft tissue injuries
- Skin irritation
If you suspect your child may have suffered injury as a result of medical negligence during labor or delivery, call a Kalfus & Nachman medical malpractice lawyer immediately at 1-800-361-0430. We'll help you find out the truth about your child's injury and work hard to get you fair compensation. Serving patients in Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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