Virginia birth injury lawyer

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.