The actions of obstetrical caregivers during childbirth are critical to delivering a healthy baby. The wrong delivery technique, an error in medical judgment, or the failure to respond to fetal distress can result in severe and lifelong disabilities for the baby.
If you believe your child’s birth injury or death could have been prevented, contact the lawyers of The Becker Law Firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Our lawyers and support staff extend compassionate support and skilled representation to families who have suffered due to preventable birth injuries. Our veteran medical malpractice trial lawyers have secured notable results for parents and their babies in delivery trauma litigation.
To discuss your case with one of our Ohio delivery trauma attorneys, call (440) 252-4399 or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations.
Types of Birth Injury from Improper Delivery
Complications during labor and delivery are to be expected, and it is exactly what obstetricians and obstetrical nurses train for. They must be able to react competently and quickly to ordinary events and problems during delivery with the goal of delivering a healthy baby and protecting the health of the mother.
Some types of delivery trauma include injuries to the baby caused by mechanical forces—too much pressure or pulling can cause physical injury. Other medical malpractice involves lack of oxygen and blood supply or failure to diagnose and treat during labor.
Our attorneys are adept at demonstrating the negligence of obstetricians, delivering physicians, midwives, nursing staff, radiologists and others in cases involving:
- Oxygen deprivation from failure to recognize and intervene in fetal distress
- Oxygen deprivation from excessive uterine stimulation secondary to use of Pitocin, Cervidil or Cytotec)
- Oxygen deprivation from prolapsed umbilical cord
- Birth trauma from vacuum extractors (suction caps)
- Birth trauma from forceps
- Erb’s or Klumpke’s Palsy, Horner’s syndrome or other complications from failure to avoid or safely resolve shoulder dystocia
- Other issues related to improper delivery technique
- Brain injury from vaginal delivery of breach
- Trauma to the baby or mother during C-section
- Delayed C-section (failure to recognize fetal distress)
- Mismanagement of infections
Other Consequences of Delivery Malpractice
Mistakes by obstetrical caregivers in the delivery process can lead to oxygen deprivation or inflict physical trauma, resulting in permanent birth injuries such as developmental disabilities (retardation), cerebral palsy (motor impairment), nerve damage, spinal cord damage, loss of vision, or loss of hearing. Childbirth errors can also lead to fetal death or permanent injury to the mother, including the inability to bear more children.
Contact Our Ohio Birth and Delivery Trauma Attorneys
In investigating a possible birth injury lawsuit, we consider all possible causes and identify the practitioners who should be held accountable. To find out whether you have a case for malpractice, contact us using our contact form, or call (440) 252-4399. The Becker Law Firm offers a free initial consultation, and we can meet you at your home or hospital.