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Virginia Birth Injury Lawyers

Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Medical malpractice can occur virtually anywhere, including the delivery room. When they happen, medical mistakes can have a lifelong impact on the child and mother. Our birth injury lawyers are committed to helping families of medical malpractice pursue justice.

Experienced Virginia Birth Injury Lawyer

Norfolk personal injury lawyerOver the last 34 years, a substantial portion Richard Serpe’s practice has been devoted to children with brain injuries. He is frequently associated with complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues. He has commissioned over 200 neuropsychological assessments to document the extent of brain injury and is highly experienced in demonstrating the extent of a victim’s loss. If your child was injured due to medical negligence, contact us for a free consultation.

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Virginia Birth Injury Lawyer FAQs

  1. How does medical negligence occur?
  2. What medical mistakes lead to a birth injury?
  3. What are the common types of birth injuries?
  4. What compensation is available to families?
  5. How can Richard Serpe help my family?

How does medical negligence occur?

The financial burden of caring for a child with special needs can be devastating. New parents already have enough on their plates without worrying about how they will pay their mortgage and costly medical bills.

We can help ensure that families have everything they need to care for their child after a medical mistake. Whether lifelong treatment or short-term care is necessary, parents can rest assured that their attorney will be fighting for their right to compensation following medical negligence.

Inadequate training, defective drugs, and ineffective policies can all lead to medical mistakes and negligence. Allow our personal injury team to thoroughly investigate your case to determine if your infant was the victim of medical malpractice at birth.


What medical mistakes lead to a birth injury?

  • Forceps injuries: Undeniably useful when used correctly, forceps can be incredibly dangerous when used improperly. Only a small percentage of deliveries require the tool. However, the number of babies injured by forceps is surprisingly high. Even with the risks associated with forceps, they are still a go-to tool in emergencies.
  • Vacuum extraction injuries: Negligent use of vacuum extractors can lead to serious, life-long injuries. Without adequate training, doctors risk the lives and futures of their patients.
  • Delayed C-Section: As with all surgeries, C-sections carry risks. When a C-section is delayed the risks are greatly increased. In situations when a mother is birthing an infant with a large head, for example, a delayed C-section can cut off the blood and oxygen supply to the baby.

What are the common types of birth injuries?

  • Cerebral palsy: Caused by damage and abnormalities in the developing brain, cerebral palsy can stem from inadequate training and improper use of birthing tools. This collection of neurological disorders can impact body movement and muscle coordination.
  • Erb’s palsy: Experts say Erb’s palsy is a preventable injury caused by nerve injury in the upper arm. When a doctor pulls too hard on a baby during the delivery process, this brachial plexus injury can occur.
  • Klumpke’s palsy: When an infant’s neck is stretched during labor, their nerves can be injured and lead to Klumpke’s palsy. Nerve damage in the forearm and hand can impact a person with Klumpke’s palsy for life.
  • Facial palsy: When careless doctors make mistakes in the labor and delivery room, facial paralysis can occur. Though rare, this injury is often permanent.
  • Brain injury: Perhaps the most serious of birth injuries, brain injuries can dramatically impact the way a child grows and learns. While rare, many brain injuries that happen at birth stem from medical malpractice.

What compensation is available to families?

Often, families are eligible for compensation. While no amount of money can undo the damage done by a negligent doctor, a settlement can ensure the easiest future possible for the infant. The settlement amount depends largely upon the severity of the injury, and every case is different. Settlements frequently include:

  • Medical costs, including surgical procedures, prescription drugs, doctor’s appointments, and physical therapy sessions
  • Lost wages for parents who must forgo their career to provide full-time care for their infant
  • Long-term care for the child
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death of a child

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If your child was injured at birth due to medical negligence, contact our team to discuss your legal rights. We offer free consultations and you won’t ever owe us any legal fees unless we win your case. Our Virginia birth injury lawyers will fight for your family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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