Cincinnati Lawyers Fight for Birth Injury Victims and Their families
Comprehensive legal care by birth injury lawyers
Birth injury is not limited to babies. Mothers also suffer serious injury, post-partum strokes, infection and even death in the labor and delivery room. Injury and death during childbirth are sometimes due to congenital defects, and may be unavoidable no matter how thorough and competent the medical care given. Others, however, are the result of negligence, either in actions or in omissions.
If you or your child has suffered a birth injury because of negligent care or treatment, the Cincinnati birth injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law aggressively pursue your claim either through negotiation or in the courts, to ensure the best protection of your interests. Let the highly trained and experienced team at Crandall & Pera Law’s Cincinnati office gives you and your family the representation you need during this difficult time in your life.
Our staff of experienced birth injury attorneys and Registered Nurses evaluates birth injury cases by investigating all relevant medical records, to determine the likelihood that the defect or injury was caused by medical negligence. When a doctor or hospital is to blame, we pursue the at-fault parties to the full extent of the law.
Types of birth injury negligence and malpractice
Negligence in labor and delivery rooms by medical professionals, including obstetricians, labor and delivery nurses, residents and interns, can lead to severe fetal injury. Tragic and serious birth injuries include brain damage, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and even maternal and/or fetal death.
Common causes of negligent birth injuries include:
- Negligent Prenatal Care. Sometimes a maternal injury or a fetal birth defect is the culmination of errors that occurred weeks or months before, such as failure to screen for maternal diabetes, hypertension, or infections such as Group B Strep, Hepatitis, and HIV, or prescribing a teratogenic drug. Such errors can doom a pregnancy to failure before labor even begins.
- Labor and Delivery Negligence. Labor and delivery need to be closely monitored; Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) is the principal means of monitoring the fetal heartbeat and maternal contractions, and detecting fetal distress. Unless the caregiver responds promptly to sudden changes in fetal heart activity or maternal contractions, fetal brain damage can occur.
- Failure to Perform a Caesarean Section (C-section). When signs of fetal distress are detected the medical professional attending the patient may have to arrange a C-section. Delaying the procedure may cause fetal brain injury.
- Improper Administration of Drugs. Healthcare providers are responsible for the proper and timely administration of medication. For example, improper administration of Pitocin to induce labor can lead to dangerous contraction patterns. Some antibiotics, useful in treating maternal infections, can be highly dangerous to both the mother and the fetus if there is an allergic reaction. Such allergies should always appear in the patient’s medical record.
- Negligent Use of Vacuum or Forceps. Instruments such as vacuum aspirators and forceps are sometimes used to help delivery when the mother cannot push, or when the fetus’ position relative to the birth canal needs to be changed. Misuse of these devices can cause severe injury to the fetus, including skull fractures, brain damage and brachial plexus nerve trauma.
While many birth injuries are evident immediately after delivery, some (such as brain injury) may not become apparent for months. In either case it is crucial that you speak with one an experienced birth injury lawyer at our Cincinnati office as soon as you become aware of a birth injury. Ohio has very strict rules about when you can file a claim. Our team of experienced birth injury lawyers and Registered Nurses can examine and review all medical details and evidence to determine if your injury or your child’s could have been avoided. If so, you may be able to receive compensation for your losses.
Putting the best interests of our clients first
Let one of Crandall & Pera Law’s experienced birth injury attorneys meet with you and your family to discuss your case and begin an investigation. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can start helping you protect your rights.
Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our convenient contact form to reserve a no-obligation consultation. Our Cincinnati office is located in the URS Tower at 36 East 7th Street, Suite 2600. We have four other Ohio offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.
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