Birth injuries can happen during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and shortly after childbirth. With a very minor birth injury, the baby could recuperate without any long-term consequences. Some other birth injuries, however, can cause permanent impairment to a child. The child could experience cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities.
If your child suffered a birth injury, a Huntington birth injury attorney from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can pursue what you need. We understand that money cannot undo the harm to your baby, but it can help you with their past, present, and future care.
We Work on a Contingency-fee Basis
You want to give your child the best life possible. However, between medical care, car payments, and other necessities, you might have financial concerns – especially when it comes to hiring a lawyer.
Our birth injury lawyers work on contingency. Not only do we finance each of your case’s obligations, but we don’t charge any upfront fees. A portion of your settlement or court award pays for your lawyer’s services.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Huntington, call 800-959-1444
We’re Prepared to Recover These Injury-Related Expenses
Compensation in your case may account for:
- Your child’s necessary medical expenses, including rehabilitative care
- Your lost income
- The future loss of your child’s earning capacity
- Your and your child’s pain and suffering
- Modifications to your family home or vehicle
We are committed to recovering everything you need.
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What You Can Expect from Your Huntington Birth Injury Lawyer
Now, more than ever, you need certainty in your life. It could be helpful for you to understand what to expect from your lawyer during the legal process.
Here’s what you can expect from Ben Crump Law, PLLC:
- We gather and review all of the medical records relevant to the pregnancy, labor, delivery, and your baby.
- We talk to witnesses and analyze the pertinent evidence.
- We consult with experts and specialists about your case.
- When appropriate, we can negotiate with the liable parties to try to reach a fair settlement.
- In cases that do not settle, we can file a lawsuit and take the case to trial.
We take pride in keeping our clients involved in the legal process. With us on your side, you’ll always know what’s going on with your claim or lawsuit. We take the time to listen to your questions and provide answers.
We Handle These Types of Birth Injury Cases
We help families in many different situations involving birth injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries. A baby’s spinal cord could get damaged during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or after childbirth.
- Cerebral palsy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injury to the developing brain during labor, delivery, or soon after birth can cause cerebral palsy. A person with cerebral palsy can struggle to control their movements, maintain balance and posture, and speak.
- Stillbirth/death. A devastating injury to a developing fetus or infant could cause stillbirth or death.
- Meconium aspiration. Meconium is the baby’s first stool. Johns Hopkins Medicine says that when a fetus or newborn breathes a mixture of meconium and amniotic fluid during labor and delivery, meconium aspiration syndrome can develop. Meconium aspiration syndrome causes severe illness or death to many babies.
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) from baby formula. The intestines of a premature baby can get damaged if the baby gets fed baby formula made from cow’s milk.
- Shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia, according to the March of Dimes, is a birth injury that happens when a baby’s shoulders get wedged in the mother’s pelvis during labor and delivery. Depending on the severity and duration of the compaction, the baby could have weakness or paralysis in the affected arms or shoulders because of permanent nerve damage.
- Fractured collarbones. A newborn’s clavicle, also called the collarbone, can get broken during a difficult vaginal delivery.
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)/oxygen deprivation. This injury, also called intrapartum asphyxia, can happen when the baby gets deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery. The brain injury can result in permanent damage to the brain.
- Bacterial meningitis/GBS positive. Group B strep (streptococcus) is a common type of bacteria that can cause fever, difficulty breathing, seizures, low body temperature, and other symptoms in infants. According to Mayo Clinic, this bacteria usually does not harm healthy adults.
- Brain bleeds. Brain bleeds (also called intraventricular hemorrhage) can cause blood clots in the newborn’s brain, compress brain tissue, and block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This can cause increased fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus), according to Medline Plus.
- Brain injury. Brain injury to an infant can happen at any time during the pregnancy, labor, delivery, or soon after childbirth.
- Erb’s palsy. A child with muscle weakness or paralysis of an arm might have Erb’s palsy. According to Cleveland Clinic, Erb’s palsy can be the result of an infant’s shoulder getting injured during delivery.
We handle additional types of birth injuries not included on this list. We encourage you to connect with our injury team today.
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What Can Cause Birth Injuries?
Most birth injuries result from a healthcare provider’s error. Here are some of the common types of errors that can lead to birth injuries:
- Failure to closely monitor a mother with high-risk factors, like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. These conditions could cause harm to the baby and severe health consequences to the mother.
- Failure to conduct appropriate monitoring of the baby during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and shortly after childbirth. One of the most common mistakes in this regard is failing to monitor the baby’s heart rate.
- Even with proper monitoring, sometimes medical personnel will fail to respond quickly to complications that develop during labor and delivery.
- If the medical staff fails to notice that the baby is in distress either before the mother goes into labor or during labor and delivery, the baby could suffer devastating birth injuries.
- When healthcare workers do notice fetal distress, sometimes they fail to deliver the baby quickly enough to avoid or minimize harm to the infant.
- Failure to perform a C-section promptly could have catastrophic consequences.
These are but a few examples of the many different medical errors that could lead to a birth injury.
Getting Help from a Huntington Birth Injury Attorney
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we help families who have suffered birth injuries. We know that your baby is the most important thing in your life, and we will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you need to take care of them.