West Virginia Birth Injury Attorney
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Was your baby injured by a doctor’s negligence? Did a serious act of medical malpractice cause you to lose your baby? Did a doctor harm you during your pregnancy or the delivery of your baby? If so, contact the Morgantown firm of Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law for caring and compassionate assistance with all aspects of your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Call for a complimentary case evaluation: 304-292-4381.
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Protecting West Virginia’s Infant Medical Victims Since 1952
Since 1952, Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law has championed the rights of infant medical victims and their families throughout West Virginia. If you or your baby were injured at the hands of a doctor at WVU Health System, Monongalia Medical Center, Ruby Memorial Hospital, or at any other hospital in Morgantown or the state of West Virginia, let us know what happened.
Common Birth Injuries – Cerebral Palsy, Paralysis and Brain Damage
From prenatal care through delivery, and after you bring your baby home, all doctors and medical providers owe you and your baby a duty of care. If negligence caused you or your baby to be injured or die, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your losses, pain, suffering, and possible punitive damages as a way to help hold the incompetent doctor accountable. We represent families who have been impacted by all types of preventable serious injuries and conditions, as well as wrongful death caused by medical malpractice:
Cerebral Palsy – a complex of chronic conditions limiting muscle coordination and movement, continence, sight, and brain function; often caused by brain damage from medical negligence including: failure to treat maternal infection, fetal distress, hypoxia, heart abnormality, jaundice, Rh incompatibility, providing toxic drugs, and the improper use of delivery tools.
Erb’s Palsy – varying degrees of paralysis affecting the hand, arm and/or shoulder as a result of damage to the brachial plexus nerves located between the neck and shoulder. Virtually all permanent cases of Erb’s Palsy discovered at or shortly after birth are considered preventable.
Internal Injuries – caused by blunt force trauma to internal organs during delivery (the liver is commonly affected)
Shoulder Dystocia – when the baby’s shoulder is lodged in the pubic bone after the head has been delivered (a common – and preventable – cause of hypoxia and brain damage); Damage occurs when medical personnel recklessly pull on the baby’s body instead of using a proven medical practice, such as using targeted supra-pubic pressure, Wood’s Corkscrew Maneuver, or the McRoberts Maneuver.
Brachial Plexus Injury – damage to the peripheral nerve that can limit hand and arm movement, cause numbness, limpness, winged or downward sloping shoulder blades, a flexed elbow, and muscle atrophy
Cranial Nerve or Spinal Cord Damage – can cause facial paralysis or paralysis throughout the body (commonly caused by improperly rotating, twisting, or pulling the baby during the birth process)
Financial Compensation for Preventable Birth Injuries in WV
Doctors and medical professionals in West Virginia are held to professional standards of care. While some negative outcomes are impossible to prevent, if your injuries and losses were due to medical negligence, you may be eligible to pursue full compensation for all past and future medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses (if applicable), as well as nursing care, pain, suffering, and other losses caused by medical incompetence. Some types of medical negligence and injuries that may have been preventable (depending on the specific facts and circumstances involved) include:
- Excessive Blood Loss
- Failure to Monitor Oxygen Levels
- Clavicle Fractures
- Hypoxia (Lack of Oxygen)
- Cranial Nerve Trauma
- Facial Paralysis
- Brain & Spinal Cord Damage
- Internal Injuries
- Fetal Size Miscalculation & Early/Late Delivery
- Rh Issues
- Medication Errors
- Additional Unnecessary Stitches Following Episiotomy (“Husband Stitch”)
- Labor Induction Errors
- Epidural Mistakes
- Forceful Infant Extraction Injuries
- Bleeding in the Brain
- Contraindicated Vaginal or C-Section Delivery
- Forceps & Vacuum-Assisted Birth Injuries
- Negligent Monitoring of Fetus/Mother
- Failure to Treat Jaundice (Kernicterus Brain Damage)
- Meconium Aspiration