Cleveland Birth Injury
Cleveland Lawyers Help Birth Injury Victims and Their Families
Comprehensive legal care by birth injury lawyers in Cleveland
Birth injury and birth trauma is sometimes unavoidable. When complications arise during labor and delivery, doctors and health care professionals are under immense pressure to solve urgent problems. Under this pressure, a doctor or nurse might make a serious and otherwise preventable error. Mothers and babies alike can suffer severe injuries from birth-related medical mistakes, including skull fractures, nerve and muscle damage, brain damage, perforated organs, strokes, seizures, infections and even death.
CPW Law’s team of experienced Cleveland birth injury lawyers aggressively pursues medical malpractice claims in the courtroom or at the negotiation table. Our team, including Registered Nurses and support staff, investigates all relevant medical records and additional evidence, to help prove that a birth defect or injury was caused by medical negligence. Let the highly trained and experienced team at CPW Law’s Cleveland office give you and your family the legal representation you need and deserve during this difficult time.
What causes birth injuries?
Negligence by obstetricians, labor and delivery nurses, residents and interns can lead to severe fetal injury.
Our Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers have handled countless tragic cases involving brain damage, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and even maternal and/or fetal death.
The more common causes of birth injuries include:
- Lack of Communication. Communication between different care providers is essential. For example, confusion ensues if a nurse on an outgoing shift fails to update records and orders for his or her replacement. The replacement might make fatal mistakes, such as failing to administer medication.
- Missing Signs of Fetal Distress. Labor and delivery need to be closely monitored. Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) provides an accurate evaluation of fetal heart rate and maternal contractions, and is the principal means of detecting fetal distress. Unless the caregiver responds promptly to sudden changes in fetal heart activity or a dangerous increase in maternal contractions, fetal brain damage can result.
- Failure to Administer Medication. Healthcare providers are responsible for the proper and timely administration of medication. For example, administration of Pitocin to induce labor may lead to dangerous contraction patterns that require immediate action to prevent fetal damage. Some antibiotics that are useful in treating maternal infections such as Group B Strep and Hepatitis can induce anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction. Unless a complete list of maternal allergies is recorded in the patient’s medical history, there is risk of adverse drug reactions.
- Negligent Use of Vacuum or Forceps. Instruments such as vacuum aspirators and forceps are sometimes used to help delivery by adjusting the fetus’ position relative to the birth canal. However, misuse of these devices can cause severe injury to the fetus, such as skull fractures, brachial plexus nerve damage and brain damage. Infection may be transferred to the mother and baby if they are improperly sterilized.
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.
Many birth injuries are evident immediately after delivery but others, such as brain injury, may not become apparent for months or even years. Since Ohio has very strict rules about when you can file a claim, you should speak with one of our Cleveland office’s experienced birth injury lawyers as soon as you become aware of an injury. 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.
We put the best interests of Cleveland families first
At CPW Law, our team understands the pain and frustration of enduring a traumatic birth. Let one of CPW Law’s experienced birth injury lawyers meet with you and your family to discuss your case and begin an investigation. Let one of our knowledgeable legal professionals work to get you and your family the compensation you so desperately need and deserve. 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 schedule a no-obligation consultation with a Cleveland birth injury attorney who knows how to help.
Our Cleveland office is located in Fifth Third Center at 600 Superior Avenue, Suite 1300. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, but please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.