Birth Injury

Birth Injuries Can Happen Long Before Delivery

by Staff Blogger | June 7th, 2021

When many people hear the phrase “birth injury,” they picture a serious complication occurring during childbirth. And while it’s true that many birth injuries do occur immediately before, during, and after birth, some occur long before birth. Unfortunately, some of those injuries can and should be prevented, but they aren’t because doctors, midwives, and other providers are negligent.

Common examples of pre-birth injuries and errors include:

  • Failure to diagnose—Babies and their mothers need frequent checkups and examinations to ensure that everything is progressing smoothly and without any complications. When doctors, midwives, and other providers fail to perform tests or interpret the results correctly, treatable conditions can worsen.
  • Gestational diabetes—Pregnant women should have their blood sugar levels checked regularly. Gestational diabetes is common and treatable, but when it goes undiagnosed, it can put mothers and their unborn children at serious risk of complications.
  • Not scheduling a C-section—Knowing the position a baby is in during the weeks and days leading up to the due date is essential. When a baby is in a breech position or another position that will make natural childbirth difficult, healthcare providers should begin making plans for the mother to deliver via C-section.

Sometimes, birth injuries that appear to occur only at birth or shortly after are actually the result of negligence dating back days or weeks before delivery. That’s because they are due to conditions that should have been found and treated.

If you or someone you love experienced a birth injury, our Virginia birth injury lawyers want to help you get compensation. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

How Your Child Can Be Compensated for Their Birth Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 8th, 2021

Was your child harmed before, during, or after delivery? If so, you’ve undoubtedly experienced many emotions and difficulties since then. Knowing your child was harmed because of someone else’s negligence—especially when that person was supposed to care for them—can be devastating. But both you and your child can potentially recover compensation from their medical bills and pain and suffering.

As your child’s parent, you can file a compensation claim on their behalf. But as with other medical malpractice or personal injury claims, it must be filed within two years of the date the injury occurred if the claim is designed to compensate you or your spouse for your damages related to the birth injury. If the claim is designed to compensate your child, it must be filed by his or her 10th birthday if the injury occurred before they turned 8 years old.

Virginia also offers no-fault compensation for children who suffered birth injuries while protecting doctors and hospitals who elect to participate in this compensation program. This program covers children who suffered neurological injuries or disabilities that aren’t otherwise covered by governmental or private insurance policies. Covered injuries include those related to delivery and oxygen deprivation, and they must result in permanent motor damage to the development of motor and cognitive skills.

Birth injuries are extremely hard to deal with, especially when it comes to getting compensation. You have so much on your plate, and the last thing you want is endless back and forth with the insurance company and hospital. Contact the Virginia birth injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard on your behalf, so you can focus on caring for your child.

Are All Birth Complications Considered Birth Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | November 16th, 2020

Childbirth is a miraculous process that can also be extremely dangerous to both mother and child. In recent decades, infant and maternal mortality rates during childbirth have plummeted due to better access to medical care and more advanced interventions when complications arise. However, childbirth can still be physically traumatic for both mother and child, leading to both short-term and long-term injuries.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury attorneys help women who were injured or whose babies were injured before, during, or shortly after delivery. There are many types of debilitating birth injuries that women and their babies can suffer, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, uterine rupture, and more. But women and babies also frequently suffer less serious injuries and complications, and those may not be considered birth injuries.

For example, tearing of the perineum is a common complication during delivery, but it rarely puts mothers or their babies at risk. An umbilical cord that’s wrapped around a baby’s neck can range from harmless to life-threatening, and when it happens, it’s also not always considered a birth injury. Another example includes babies in non-optimal positions for birth, including breech positions. These babies often must be delivered via C-section.

It can be difficult for mothers and fathers to determine if a birth injury occurred after the birth of their child. That’s why we believe that all new parents should contact a lawyer right away after their children are born if they suspect anything serious went wrong. When you call us, our lawyers will review the facts of what happened, give you an honest opinion on your chances of getting compensation, and then work hard to help you recover the money you deserve. Call today.

We Help Mothers Harmed Before, During, and After Delivery

by Staff Blogger | August 24th, 2020

When many people hear the phrase “birth injury,” they picture infants being harmed by negligent healthcare providers. And while that’s an unacceptable outcome for all expectant mothers and fathers, birth injuries don’t always affect just babies. Women can also be severely harmed by careless doctors, nurses, and midwives at any point during their pregnancies and during the birthing process.

For most women, childbirth can be painful and stressful, but they may require little to no critical intervention from their healthcare team. But for other women, childbirth can represent an emergency situation, as the baby may be in a breech position, they may experience severe and uncontrolled bleeding, or they may develop severe complications that can put their lives at risk.

When healthcare providers fail to take the proper precautions and actions to protect mothers and address any potential complications, those mothers can be at risk of serious injuries and even death. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury attorneys work hard to help women who suffered poor outcomes while pregnant or while giving birth, whether those outcomes affected them, their babies, or both.

Women who suffer birth injuries may require prolonged hospital stays to recover, and some may even need surgery. Others can experience permanent reproductive organ damage or severe tissue damage. The trauma of this can be too much to handle, especially when they should be focused on their newborn babies. In addition, they also face expensive medical bills, and they may be unable to work for months, making it difficult to provide for their babies.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare provider while pregnant, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Our Lawyers Understand the Complexities of Birth Injury Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | June 8th, 2020

Doctors, midwives, and other healthcare providers who assist during pregnancy and delivery are supposed to do everything in their power to protect mothers and their babies. But that doesn’t always happen. And sometimes, those letdowns are caused by negligence rather than human error.

When medical professionals are negligent due to carelessness, rushing through procedures, and failing to double-check patient charts and other important information, serious injuries can occur. In the case of birth injuries, both mothers and their children may be affected, and both can suffer potentially fatal complications.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury attorneys not only fight for the rights of women and children injured by negligent medical providers, but we also know how to prepare claims that get results.

Medical malpractice can be difficult to prove, especially after something like child birth, which can have negative outcomes even with preventative care. Our years of experience building these types of claims means that we can review all the evidence and build a case that leaves no doubt that negligence occurred.

If you, your partner, or your child were harmed at any point during pregnancy or delivery, you may have a claim to compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When you call us, our legal team will review the facts of what happened and work hard to determine if you have a claim. If so, we’ll immediately do everything we can to get you maximum damages for what you’ve been through.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you get the money you deserve.

Negligent Providers Should Be Held Liable after Birth Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 2nd, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that there can be many complications that arise during pregnancy and during the delivery process. Pregnant women trust their doctors and other healthcare professionals to properly monitor their and their babies’ health from conception to delivery. And while childbirth is significantly safer in 2020 than at any other point in human history, women and their children can still face major risks when healthcare providers are negligent.

In many cases, birth injuries to both mothers and their children are avoidable when doctors perform necessary tests and make accurate and timely diagnoses of potential problems. When they fail to do so, or their diagnoses are inaccurate or delayed, minor problems can grow into much more serious issues that can put both mothers and their unborn children at risk of serious complications, injuries, and even life-threatening conditions.

In addition, many birth injuries that can be treated after delivery result in lifelong disabilities for children. For example, babies may be born with injured or paralyzed limbs and muscles due to trauma suffered during delivery. Doctors can often prevent those injuries from occurring by assessing risk long before delivery occurs, but when they fail to do so, they may be unable to minimize damage once women begin to give birth.

Simply put—a large percentage of birth injuries are preventable, and when they happen, we believe women should seek assistance from experienced Norfolk birth injury lawyers. Our team has helped many women get the compensation they deserve after they and their babies were harmed before or during delivery, and we want to help you if you’re also in that situation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get a Lawyer If You or Your Baby Were Hurt Before, During, or After Delivery

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2019

Many complications can arise during pregnancy, during delivery, and in the initial period after a baby is born. It’s up to doctors, midwives, and other medical personnel to prevent those complications from occurring, or detect and treat them immediately. When healthcare professionals fail to take the necessary steps to prevent or reduce harm to pregnant mothers and their children, they can be held liable for birth injuries.

Mistakes during prenatal checks up, in the delivery room, and during the post-birth care process can occur because healthcare professionals are:

  • Poorly trained
  • Overworked and fatigued
  • Lacking proper communication plans and protocols
  • Careless

Many pregnancy-related complications can be effectively prevented, treated, or mitigated by healthcare professionals who are attentive and proactive, but not all women receive the level of care they deserve. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many women who suffered harm—or whose children suffered harm—because of negligent medical professionals.

There are many birth defects and birth injuries that can occur to both women and children due to negligent doctors, midwives, and other hospital staff, including:

  • Fractured bones
  • Uterine injuries
  • Bruising and scarring
  • Facial paralysis
  • Brachial plexus
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe bleeding

If you or your child were injured at any point during or after your pregnancy by a team of medical professionals that you thought you could trust, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our Norfolk birth injury lawyers today to find out how we can help you.

We Hold Negligent Providers Accountable for Birth Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2019

It’s common for expectant parents to assume that childbirth is a relatively risk-free process due to current medical technology. And while most women give birth without incident, some experience complications that can harm them and their babies. Of those complications, some are caused by negligent medical providers including doctors, nurses, and midwives.

Birth injuries can range from minor to life-threatening for both mothers and their children. Babies can experience severe injuries that can have a long-lasting impact on their lives, including cerebral palsy and nerve damage in their arms, hands, and fingers. Women also face serious risks both during delivery and while pregnant, including uterine rupture.

Healthcare providers who treat pregnant women are supposed to take all of the necessary precautions throughout their patients’ pregnancies. That means monitoring for potential complications and following the proper protocol for addressing issues or emergencies if or when they happen. When healthcare providers fail to react on time or appropriately, serious injuries can occur.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that medical providers who practice or assist before, during, and after childbirth should be held to a high standard, and when they fail to live up to that standard, they should be held accountable. If you or your child were harmed, contact the Norfolk birth injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today.

If You or Your Baby Were Hurt by Medical Providers, You May Be Eligible for Compensation

by Staff Blogger | June 3rd, 2019

Going into labor can be stressful and even dangerous. You trust your doctor and other healthcare providers at the hospital to protect you and your baby from the moment you check in to the moment you begin your journey home. However, nearly 10,000 infants are born with birth injuries annually in the U.S., and a significant number of mothers experience complications and injuries as well.

There are risks associated with every step of the delivery process, and the medical professionals in charge of your baby’s delivery are supposed to do everything in their power to minimize your risks. When they fail to do so due to negligence or carelessness, you or your baby may experience health problems that can be permanently disabling and even life-threatening.

Some of those injuries and complications can include:

  • Cerebral palsy—A disorder that affects physical and mental development, cerebral palsy can be caused when babies experience oxygen deprivation or head injuries during birth.
  • Uterine rupture—Some women are prone to uterine ruptures during pregnancy, but they can be prevented with careful monitoring and check-ups.
  • Erb’s palsy—Children whose vertebral nerves are injured during delivery may experience permanent weakness and loss of motion in their arms, hands, and fingers.

If you or your baby were hurt before, during, or after delivery because of negligent medical professionals, you deserve the maximum compensation. Contact the Norfolk birth injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today. We’re ready to put our experience to work for you.

What Are the Potential Complications of Birth Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | February 25th, 2019

When you visit your doctor for prenatal checkups, go to the hospital for delivery, or get post-delivery care, you expect to receive treatment that’s safe and effective. But when healthcare providers are negligent, their mistakes can result in serious injuries for you or your baby.

Common injuries and complications associated with birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral palsy—Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects the physical and mental development of affected children. It can be caused by various delivery-related complications, including oxygen deprivation, exposure to infections, head injuries, and brain bleeds.
  • Erb’s palsy—Nerves that run through the vertebrae to the arms, hands, and fingers can be damaged during delivery if babies’ necks are stretched to their sides. Children affected with this condition may experience weakness and loss of motion for the rest of their lives.
  • Uterine rupture—Uterine ruptures are potentially fatal for both mothers and their children. Doctors can often prevent them via careful monitoring and evaluations, but they don’t always do that for expectant mothers.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk birth injury attorneys are here to assist if you or your child suffered injuries due to a negligent healthcare provider at any point during your pregnancy, during delivery, or shortly after your child’s birth.

Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.