Negligence can be defined as failing to use reasonable care, the result of which is injury or harm to another person. In the medical field, negligence can have catastrophic consequences. If a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, or other healthcare professional fails to provide a standard level of care to a patient, this can cause serious injuries, lifelong disabilities, or even death. This holds true in obstetrics, the area of medicine related to pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnant mothers and their children are at risk of serious harm in the presence of negligence.
Negligence in obstetrics can take on many forms. The following are examples of negligent behavior that can lead to birth injuries:
- Failure to properly monitor a pregnancy
- Misreading blood or urine test results during pregnancy
- Failure to diagnose/treat preeclampsia
- Failure to recommend a C-section in a high-risk delivery
- Delayed C-section
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia
- Mismanagement of other childbirth complications
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Negligent fetal monitoring during labor and delivery
- Failure to diagnose/treat severe jaundice
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor in an assisted delivery
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors (spinal tap or epidural)
- C-section mistakes
- Negligent care of mother or baby after birth
We trust obstetricians, nurses, and other medical professionals to provide the appropriate level of care. If you received negligent care before, during, or after childbirth and you or your child suffered harm as a result, The Becker Law Firm is here to help you. Our Ohio birth injury attorneys know your family deserves full justice. We are here to hold at-fault parties accountable so you can recover the compensation needed for your child’s lifelong care.
Serving Families in Cleveland, Elyria & Across Ohio
From our offices in Cleveland and Elyria, our team represents families across Ohio and throughout the U.S. in complex birth injury matters. These cases are challenging due to their technical nature and the resources available to medical professionals and their insurers, but we have the skill and resources of our own to build compelling, strong cases. One of our attorneys is a registered nurse who worked in the medical field for over 14 years, with experience specific to labor and delivery, pediatrics, postpartum care, and newborn care. We know how to identify and expose obstetrical negligence.
Put your case in good hands. Call (440) 252-4399 to talk to an Ohio birth injury lawyer about your rights and options.