Representation for Families Devastated by Birth Injuries and Birth Traumas
Attentive attorneys helping clients throughout Ohio after traumatic labor and delivery accidents
When you trust health care providers with the momentous task of delivering your precious newborn, you expect the highest level of care. But when things go wrong in the labor room, when doctors and nurses fall short of their duties, tragic events happen. If your infant suffered a birth injury or birth trauma, you deserve to know what went wrong – and deserve to be properly compensated for the costs and emotional distress associated with your baby’s medical complications.
For decades, the Ohio birth injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law have offered compassionate, skilled legal representation for victims of labor and delivery accidents. Our attorneys have secured millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. From our five Ohio offices, we serve clients in and around Cleveland, Columbus, Chesterland, Cincinnati, and Chagrin Falls.
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What causes birth injuries and trauma?
Some injuries that occur during the labor and delivery process are unavoidable. Larger babies, premature newborns, an abnormal fetal position, and issues with the mother’s pelvis may lead to inevitable birthing traumas.
However, many birth traumas are preventable with appropriate medical intervention – or worse, they may even be caused by medical negligence. According to Medscape, 6-8 out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. sustains a birth injury, often as a result of medical error such as:
- Improper use of medical instruments, including forceps and vacuum extractors
- Poor handling of a newborn by health care professionals
- Excessive force during labor by health care professionals
- Failure to properly address medical concerns, such as an infant in the breech position or a large-to-date child
In the case of medical malpractice, a doctor, midwife, nurse, hospital, or other medical person or entity may be liable for the damage inflicted on you and your precious newborn.
Long and short term consequences of birth injuries and trauma
Some birth injuries are temporary and heal within a matter of days or weeks. Tragically, certain birth traumas could cause a lifetime of medical complications, conditions, and developmental problems. Severe negligence might even lead to the devastating loss of the child.
These injuries can often be life-threatening and lead to long- or short-term health problems for your child, such as:
- Broken bones/fractures. A difficult labor or an error in the delivery room may cause your delicate newborn’s bones to break. Your baby’s spine could even be fractured during birth, which might cause serious complications.
- Scalp Swelling. A condition known as caput succedaneum causes a baby’s scalp to swell after birth, commonly leading to jaundice.
- Bruising. Excessive force or improper use of delivery instruments could cause severe bruising.
- Blood Accumulation in the Skull/Brain. Known as cephalohematoma, blood accumulation in the skull may cause jaundice or other health problems. More severe brain bleeding could lead to long-term medical issues such as developmental delays.
- Brachial Plexus Injuries. An injury to the nerves in the neck and upper chest is known as a brachial plexus injury. Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy are both common and very serious brachial plexus palsies.
- Brain Damage. If your child sustains brain damage, such as trauma to the brain or lack of blood flow to the brain, it could lead to cerebral palsy or ischemic brain damage. Kernicterus is another serious condition caused by brain damage during labor and delivery.
- Hemorrhage in the Eyes. When blood accumulates in the baby’s eyes, it is known as subconjunctival hemorrhage, a temporary condition.
- Oxygen Deprivation. A lack of oxygen to the brain may cause Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (“HIE”), which often leads to developmental delays.
- Death. A severe trauma may lead to the tragic death of the newborn or mother.
There are other conditions related to improper birthing techniques or inadequate postpartum care that may lead to problems in the infant or mother. Due to our extensive experience, the Ohio birth injury attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have successfully resolved countless birth trauma cases on our clients’ behalf – we have represented a wide variety of clients affected by a large array of medical conditions.
Consult with a skilled Ohio birth trauma lawyer today
Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment at one of Crandall & Pera Law’s Ohio offices, located in Cleveland, Cleveland East, Cincinnati, Chesterland, and Columbus. We carefully evaluate the facts of your claim, if there is negligence, to build a strong case against the negligent parties. Our birth trauma lawyers offer compassionate support during this terrible time in your life while producing impressive results in the courtroom.