Birth Injuries
in West Virginia


 
Pregnancy and childbirth are usually a wonderful time for families, as welcoming a newborn into the world are a time for celebration. Amid the excitement, medical mistakes and errors that may have occurred during pregnancy and childbirth are often missed until the newborn begins to display abnormalities. Per HealthGrades, the yearly incidence rate of birth injuries is 28,000. Medical mistakes occurring during birth may cause life-long physical impairment.
 
 
 
 
 
 

What are Birth Injuries?

A Birth Injury is an injury to the mother or infant during pregnancy or labor and delivery. Infant brain and nerve damage can mean long-term, permanent neurological problems and a wide range of physical problems. Infant neurological damage can be caused by decreased oxygen flow or trauma suffered during labor and delivery. The resulting damage to the baby can lead to various disabilities and psychological issues. The doctor, midwife, or hospital will usually not inform the parents of the actual cause of the child’s damage. If neurological damage has been caused by medical negligence and a birth injury that could have been prevented, the firm of Tabor Lindsay & Associates, where the lawyers are doctors, have the expertise to discover and identify the underlying cause of the baby’s injury.
 
♦ ERB'S Palsy
 
♦ Cerebral Palsy
 
♦ Brain Damage
 
 
 
 
 

ERB'S Palsy

Erb’s Palsy is caused by a physical injury during delivery, and its adverse effects can range from mild to serious, depending on the severity of the injury. It occurs when the nerves in the baby’s upper arm are damaged and affects one to two of every 1,000 babies.
  • Results from a lesion in an area of the neck at the brachial plexus that gives movement to arm, hand, and fingers
  • Often caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth
  • Infants are unable to move the shoulder or upper arm but can wiggle fingers
  • Looks like the arm if paralyzed
  • Level of severity determines how well the infant recovers
  • Occurs during excessive pulling on the shoulders at delivery when the baby is disproportionately bigger than the birth canal
 
 
Baby — Birth Injury in Charleston, WV
Chart — Birth Injury in Charleston, WV
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How to Know if Baby has Erb’s Palsy?

 
ERBS palsy — Birth Injury in Charleston, WV
What Is ERBS PALSY - ERB'S palsy is a type of paralysis within the arm which is caused by an accident to the brachial plexus. The word brachial plexus refers to the primary network associated with nerves operating from the disposal to the entire spine. ERB'S palsy might be a result of carelessness or medical negligence at the time of the birth to the birth to the impacted child.
 
 
Erb’s Palsy is evident when a baby exhibits weakness in the affected arm, favors it, or cannot even move it. Signs and symptoms include:
  • Affected arm may be limp, held against side of body and bent at elbow
  • There is a decreased ability to grip with the hand on the affected side
  • Partial or full paralysis
  • Loss of sensory function and motor in the upper arm
  • Arm numbness
  • Impaired circulatory, muscular, and nervous development
 
 
 
 

Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy (CP)?

CP is a blanket term commonly used to describe loss of motor function. It is a permanent non-progressive condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.

CP Caused by Medical Negligence

 
 
  • Entanglement or umbilical cord
  • Entrapment in the birth canal (baby too large or improperly positioned)
  • Undected to improperly treated infections during pregnancy
  • Baby was in fetal distress but medical staff did not perform Cesarean Section
 
  • Birth trauma
  • Lack of oxygen (hypoxia)
  • Forcepts assisted delivery
  • Unnecessary use of vacuum
 
 
Father and child with Cerebral Palsy — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
 

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Pathology

 
Happy child with CP — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
 
 

Risk Factors For Development Of Cerebral Palsy

 
Risk Factors can Be divided by time period into antenatal, perinatal, and postnatal factors. The majority of the risk occurs int he antenatal period. Prematurity is a significant risk factor, predisposing to development of periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). Prudent obstetrical care, with management of preeclampsia (magnesium), infections (antibiotics), and preterm labour (conticosteroids), can help reduce the risk of CP.
 
 
Appearance of Hypoxic Newborn and Healthy Newborn — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
 
 
To learn more about your rights, consult the defective product lawyers at Tabor Lindsay and Associates, PLLC at (304) 344-5155.