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Helping parents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake navigate the legal process on behalf of their children

The arrival of a child should be a joyous event, yet thousands of parents experience the heartache of a serious birth injury every year. At the W. Ware Morrison Law Group, we understand the anger, confusion and frustration that parents face when something goes wrong that could have been prevented. Our compassionate and knowledgeable injury attorneys can help you seek the justice you deserve, while also obtaining the compensation you and your child need to move forward.

Common causes of birth injuries

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Unfortunately, there are many things that can go wrong during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Approximately two to seven percent of births involve some form of significant trauma. However, many are preventable with proper obstetrical care. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:

Types of birth trauma

Sometimes, birth injuries are attributable to an error by the doctor or hospital. Some of the most prevalent injuries suffered include:

While many birth injuries resolve over time, others do not, leaving victims and their families with serious long-term consequences. A medical malpractice lawsuit can help secure the care your child needs.

Consult an experienced Virginia Beach firm about your birth injury case


If your child has suffered a serious birth injury, the compassionate attorneys of the W. Ware Morrison Law Group can clearly explain your legal options and answer any questions that you may have along the way. We have proudly served the communities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads since 1993. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office today at 757.401.4378 or contact us online.

Pursuing a birth injury lawsuit

To pursue a birth injury lawsuit in Virginia, you must be able to show that the medical professional breached the standard of care, which generally refers to the duty to exercise caution and diligence when treating patients. At the W. Ware Morrison Law Group, our experienced lawyers can thoroughly investigate your claim, determine what went wrong and hold the responsible parties accountable.



  • Misdiagnosing a pre-birth medical condition, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes

  • Inadequate planning for complications or difficult deliveries

  • Delay in ordering a cesarean section when medically necessary

  • Failing to recognize the signs of fetal distress

  • Administering the wrong medication

  • Misusing forceps, vacuum extractors or other medical devices

  • Failing to detect or treat bleeding

  • Misinterpreting genetic tests

  • Fractures — Fractures of the clavicle, skull and other body parts are among the most common birth injuries. They are often caused when the doctor or midwife applies too much force during delivery.

  • Cerebral palsy — Cerebral palsy involves an insufficient amount of oxygen reaching an infant's brain during labor or delivery, resulting in brain injury. Resulting neurological impairments can affect movement, learning, thought, hearing and speech.

  • Brachial plexus injuries — These injuries are caused by traumatic stretching of the infant’s brachial plexus (an area running from the spine to the muscles in the arms and shoulders) while the baby is pulled out of the mother during delivery. Erb’s palsy involves paralysis of the upper brachial plexus, while Klumpke’s palsy refers to paralysis of the lower brachial plexus.

  • Wrongful birth — Improper genetic testing and the failure to diagnose birth defects in the early stages of pregnancy can result in claims of wrongful birth. The premise is that if parents were properly warned, they could have taken steps to end the pregnancy or prepared themselves for meeting the challenges of a disabled child.

  • Wrongful pregnancy — A wrongful pregnancy results when steps to prevent or terminate a pregnancy, such as sterilization, abortion or pregnancy testing, fail due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.