One of the happiest times in a person’s life is the moment they become a parent. For months, parents eagerly anticipate getting to see and hold their child. They wonder what the child’s life will be like and how they can, as parents, give their child the best life possible.
When a mistake happens during the labor and delivery process, the child can suffer serious life-changing injuries. A West Virginia birth injury attorney from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can seek compensation if your child suffered birth injuries. Money cannot reverse the mistake, but it can provide the care that your child needs.
We Can Determine Whether a Healthcare Professional Caused Harm
During labor and delivery, the mother and baby are vulnerable to harm – especially when things don’t go as planned. Depending on the type of mistake, the mother or infant could suffer irreversible harm.
Here are some of the more common mistakes that can cause birth injuries:
- Failing to perform a C-section in a timely manner could cause the mother to experience hemorrhaging. It could also deprive the infant of oxygen, resulting in damage to the brain and other vital organs.
- Medical personnel should constantly monitor patients’ conditions. If the staff fails to notice that the baby is in distress, they are unlikely to take the urgent measures needed to avoid a birth injury.
- Failing to monitor the baby’s heart rate. When medical personnel fail to monitor the infant’s heart rate, they could miss diagnosing a life-threatening situation, like cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac arrest.
- Failing to address possible complications. These issues can develop during any labor or delivery – even one that begins as a low-risk pregnancy. Medical personnel should promptly address complications (such as a breech presentation or a cord wrapped around the baby’s neck) and take action promptly. Failure to respond to complications can cause lifelong impairments.
- Failing to consider a mother’s pre-existing health conditions. When a pregnant woman has known medical factors that put her at high risk during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, the doctor needs to monitor her condition closely. For example, the results could be fatal if medical personnel fail to monitor a high-risk mother who has gestational diabetes or develops preeclampsia.
These are not the only mistakes that can cause birth injuries. If so, we’re still prepared to help you. Using your medical records, eyewitness testimony, and other supporting evidence, we can assert your right to financial recovery.
Examples of Birth Injuries
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a healthcare provider’s negligence may have caused your child to endure:
- A brain bleed
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Oxygen deprivation
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord trauma
- Shoulder dystocia
- Fractured collarbones
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) from baby formula
- Bacterial meningitis/GBS positive
- Meconium aspiration
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
What You Can Expect from Your Birth Injury Lawyer Serving West Virginia
When you partner with our team, you can trust us to:
Listen to Your Story During a Free Case Review
Ben Crump Law, PLLC offers free case reviews to birth injury claimants who want to explore their legal options. During our no-obligation conversation, we want to learn about your situation and how we can help.
If you partner with us, we can get started on your case right away. We’re eager to recover everything you need to address your physical, emotional, and financial stressors.
Handle Communications with the Involved Parties
Right now, we want you to focus on spending time with your newborn – not juggling communications with multiple parties. Our team can send and answer all correspondence with:
- Healthcare providers
- The other party’s lawyers
- Field consultants
- The insurance provider
- Claims adjusters
Manage Your Case on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Right now, you should focus on decorating your child’s nursery and creating new memories – not on affording a lawyer. Ben Crump Law, PLLC operates on contingency.
In this fee arrangement, you don’t pay for anything out of pocket or up front. We finance everything your case needs while pursuing justice. You only pay our attorney’s fees when your case comes to a successful conclusion.
Consult with Healthcare Professionals about Your Case
We have a network of medical professionals who can lend their insight into your case. For instance, we may consult with an obstetrician to learn about what medical care you and your child required.
Our consultants can provide useful information to bolster your case, including their expert testimony.
Pursue Each of Your Injury-Related Losses
With our team’s network of resources, we will pursue everything you deserve, including:
- The cost of your child’s medical expenses, including therapy and assistive medical devices
- Your lost wages
- The loss of your child’s future earning capacity
- Disfigurement, scarring, and disability
- Your child’s pain and suffering
- Your child’s mental anguish
We extend a compassionate hand to those who have lost loved ones to birth injuries. We want you to focus on celebrating your loved one’s life and spending time with your family. In the meantime, we’ll pursue everything you need.
File Your Lawsuit
If we can’t reach an out-of-court agreement with the liable party, we may file a lawsuit in civil court. You can trust our team to manage each of your lawsuit’s obligations, including:
- Using evidence to support your right to financial recovery
- Cross-examining the other party’s witnesses
- Taking depositions and statements from witnesses
- Applying state law to your case
- Demonstrating how the at-fault party caused your child’s condition
We will also abide by each of your case’s necessary deadlines.
How to Get Help from a West Virginia Birth Injury Attorney from Our Team
We understand that the trauma of a birth injury can affect each aspect of your life. That’s where Ben Crump Law, PLLC comes in. We’re prepared to manage your case from beginning to end with the care, compassion, and dignity it deserves.
With our team, you don’t just get a lawyer; you get a trusted advocate. Call us today at (800) 641-8998 for a free consultation.