Investigating Birth Injuries

January 5, 2017 | Crandall & Pera Law
Investigating Birth Injuries

A birth injury case starts with one of the most dreaded things in anyone’s life and that is an injury to a child. But what people don't realize initially is that injury to the child could actually have happened during the various stages of the pregnancy. So, an evaluation of the prenatal period, which is before the delivery occurs, as well as during the labor and delivery and even after the baby is born, that evaluation has to take place from start to finish.

Anytime a family comes to me for investigation of a birth injury case, the electronic fetal monitoring strips are very important. Initially, when you look at these strips, and they're actually records that are created during the labor and delivery process, it shows the baby’s heart rate, it shows Mom’s contraction pattern. When you first look at them they look complicated. But actually when you sit down and review them with a family, you see that it is very common sense.

It shows the baby’s heart rate, so you can evaluate whether the baby is healthy, whether the baby is undergoing distress during the labor such that the doctor should intervene. It also shows Mom’s contraction pattern, so you can also see if the contractions were strong, whether they are adequate, or whether there are too many of those contractions, which can also affect the baby.

So when I sit down with the baby family and review the electronic fetal monitoring strips themselves, they can actually see what occurred during the labor and delivery and they can get the answers to what happened to their baby by reviewing those strips together.

A birth injury is something that no one parent wants to think about. When a birth injury affects your family, it can be difficult to think, let alone consider that your child’s injury may have been the result of a mistake made by a healthcare provider that you trusted. At Crandall & Pera Law, our team of medical and legal professionals on Ohio and Kentucky have the experience to evaluate your case and help you get through a difficult time. We fight for your family when you need us most.

We get the answers you need

The first step in evaluating a birth injury is examining the medical records of treatment and testing from conception to delivery. Our team is uniquely suited to examine complicated medical records and determine whether procedure was followed, even when complications necessitated alternative treatment. We examine every facet of every stage of pregnancy, labor, delivery postpartum and neonatal care, and we make sure that negligent care providers are held accountable. Most importantly, we review our findings with you and keep you involved at every stage.

If your child suffered a birth injury that resulted in temporary or permanent effects, it’s easy to believe that your doctor and hospital did everything they could to prevent injury; sadly, that’s not always the case. When your child suffers a birth injury, a professional legal review of the medical records can reveal problems and prevent mistakes from happening again. The experienced Ohio and Kentucky birth injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law can evaluate your case and help get you the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and continuing care. Call 877.651.7764 for our Kentucky team, 877.686.8879 for our Ohio team, or contact us today for a free consultation.