Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries Caused by Negligence

When a doctor makes a serious mistake during pregnancy, labor or delivery, a child who would otherwise have been normal can suffer life-altering physical and/or mental disabilities. The child and his or her family will have to live with the consequences of the doctor’s mistake for the rest of their lives. Shouldn’t those responsible for causing the problem be held responsible?

I am J. Burton Hunter, III, an attorney in Buckhannon, West Virginia, who represents the families of children who suffered birth injuries due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic or other healthcare provider. Please contact my law firm if your child has been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klempke’s palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia

These and other conditions can occur if a doctor fails to recognize and respond to fetal trauma during labor. The doctor may fail to order a cesarean section that could have saved the child from harm.

Many birth injuries fall into two main categories: those caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, such as cerebral palsy; and those caused by traction injuries, such as shoulder dystocia. The later group of injuries happen when a baby literally gets stuck in the birth canal. The doctor causes injuries while trying to pull the baby out.

Find Out Whether Malpractice Played a Role in Your Child’s Disability

Sometimes it is not obvious whether medical malpractice was the cause of a child’s injuries. I will obtain the pertinent medical records and send them to a doctor or specialist for a professional review. If he or she determines that malpractice occurred, I will pursue full compensation for the damages your family has suffered.

To discuss your questions and concerns with an experienced injury lawyer, please contact my office to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.