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Causes of Birth Injury

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You may have a claim for monetary damages if the actions, decisions or inactions of health care professionals resulted in serious injury or death during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. The Becker Law Firm represents clients in birth injury and death cases statewide and beyond.

Call (440) 252-4399 to schedule a free case evaluation with our team today.

What Can Go Wrong During Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth?

Pregnancy must be properly managed, and the baby must be regularly and accurately monitored. From the initial sonograms to the time of birth, doctors have a legal obligation to follow the medical standards of care to protect babies and their mothers. Failure to follow these standards can lead to pregnancy complications and birth injuries.

When obstetricians make mistakes, babies can suffer a lifetime of medical problems like cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, seizure disorders and developmental delays. In the worst cases, these mistakes can be fatal.

Common causes of birth injury include:

The Medical and Legal Aspects of Birth Injury

Medical negligence cases require an in-depth understanding of anatomy, medical standards, and the law. The birth injury attorneys at The Becker Law Firm benefit from the knowledge of the medical professionals on our team. When necessary, we also work with well-credentialed experts to identify preventable causes of the injury or death. Our Ohio birth injury attorneys are here to answer your questions and advise you of your legal options.

Learn more about the medical and legal aspects of birth injury below:

  • Birth injury vs. birth defect: A birth injury that could have been prevented had the medical professionals followed accepted standards of care is actionable. Most birth defects are not preventable, and therefore not actionable. We can help you determine whether medical negligence was involved in your case.
  • Pregnancy and prenatal care: Negligent medical care during pregnancy can cause life-altering injury or death to the mother or her developing fetus. How do you know if the care you received — or should have received—was responsible for harm to you or your child? Our law firm can get your questions answered.
  • Labor and delivery: Mistakes made during labor and delivery can cause permanent brain damage, disability, and death. Our lawyers can help determine if malpractice caused birth trauma that harmed the mother or child.
  • Postpartum complications: Failure to recognize and respond to complications after the birth can result in life-altering injury to the mother or her child, or in the death of either or both.
  • Types of birth injury: These conditions can be caused by medical negligence before, during or after childbirth.
  • Causes of birth injury: Many types of medical mistakes can result in a birth injury. We discuss some of the most common birth injuries.
  • Legal recourse: Learn about your legal options and how we can help you pursue justice and financial compensation for the harm you and your child have suffered.
  • Verdicts and settlements: Our law firm has achieved successful results for numerous families harmed by birth injuries. We are proud to have made a difference in the lives of our clients.

Case Wins

  • $90 Million

    Class Action Settlement

  • $60.7 Million

    Electrocution Injury

  • $25.5 Million

    Birth Injury

  • $14.5 Million

    Cerebral Palsy

  • $11.35 Million

    Birth Injury

  • $8.7 Million

    Birth Trauma

  • $8 Million

    Negligence During Pregnancy

  • $6.5 Million


  • $4.5 Million

    Birth Injury

  • $4.5 Million

    Medical Malpractice

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How Do I Know If I Have A Case?

The Becker Law Firm can evaluate your possible claim of prenatal care negligence. From offices in Cleveland and Elyria, our lawyers represent clients throughout Ohio. Contact our trial lawyers by email or call (440) 252-4399 to arrange a free initial consultation.

Should You Contact an Attorney?

The reality is that most physicians have insurance. Just as you carry automobile insurance, doctors and hospitals have medical malpractice insurance. This protects them when they make a mistake and more importantly, it protects those who they have hurt.

It can be difficult to properly raise a child with even minor birth injuries. Children who had their physical or mental possibilities taken away from them at birth deserve every opportunity to grow to their full potential. Those opportunities come at a cost—special therapies, adaptive technologies, and expensive surgeries. We can assemble a team of experts who will determine what your child will need to reach that potential. At the end of the case, you will have a customized life care plan, a roadmap to help you and your child navigate a better life.

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