Your pregnancy is progressing smoothly and you are getting excited to meet your new child. You can’t wait to count those little fingers and toes and to bring your baby home to a newly decorated nursery. While you are planning for your child’s arrival, you want to be optimistic. You want to think about the magical time with your newborn, but should you also be considering what might happen if your child suffers a birth injury?

Know the Signs of a Potential Birth Injury

As a parent, there is very little, if anything, that you can do to prevent a birth injury that is caused by medical negligence. Yet, it is important for you to be cautiously optimistic about the birth of a healthy baby and at the same time to be aware of the potential signs of a birth injury.

Your child may have suffered a birth injury and may require medical attention if he or she experiences:

  • Arm or leg movements, or lack of movement, that are abnormal for newborns
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Bruises
  • Excessive crying
  • Delayed developmental milestones
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Breathing difficulties or seizures

Of course, if you have any concerns about your newborn’s health, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

Contact a Northern Virginia Birth Injury Attorney if Your Child Has Been Hurt

Our Fairfax birth injury lawyers hope that your child is born healthy and not harmed by medical negligence. However, if your child is hurt then we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible at 703.591.0067 and to read our FREE book, Do I Have a Case? A Patient’s Guide to Virginia Medical Negligence Law, for more information.

Michael J. Shevlin
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Specializing in medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases since 1994.
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