Imagine delivering a healthy baby only to have the child injured because of postpartum negligence—mistakes made by obstetrical caregivers after the birth of a child.
At The Becker Law Firm, our Ohio postpartum birth injury attorneys pursue financial compensation for families harmed by postpartum negligence. Our legal team has the legal and medical knowledge required to analyze these complex cases and determine whether malpractice occurred. We are known as effective and tenacious lawyers who get results for our clients. From offices in Cleveland and Elyria, we represent clients from Columbus and throughout Ohio.
Call us at (440) 252-4399 or send an email to our firm to schedule your free, confidential consultation today.
Postpartum Injuries to Newborns
We represent clients in a wide range of cases involving negligent postpartum care and failure to prevent neonatal injuries, including failure to:
- Respond appropriately to newborns with respiratory stress disorder (RSD)
- Recognize and treat jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia)
- Recognize and respond to newborn respiratory distress
- Consult a neonatologist or other specialist when necessary
- Transfer the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Injuries to New Mothers
Our lawyers have established negligence in cases involving the postpartum care of the mother, including failure to recognize and treat:
- Anesthesia-related illness
- Life-threatening bowel obstructions after C-section
- Hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding)
- Pulmonary embolism (that can cause a stroke)
- Bleeding disorder and hypovolemia (low blood volume)
We can also represent new mothers who suffered the following postpartum injuries:
- Wound Infection: In hospitals, mothers may develop infections for any number of reasons. Though acquiring an infection is not typically the result the negligence, the hospital’s failure to recognize or treat an infection can be. Without proper treatment, some infection can cause the wrongful death of the mother. Some types of infection include necrotizing fasciitis, abscesses, and cellulitis.
- Postpartum Hemorrhage: Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive bleeding after delivery of the baby. Physicians must not wait until the cause of the bleeding is determined to act—in most situations, they must provide patients with more fluids and begin preparations for blood transfusions. There are several causes of postpartum hemorrhage, including retained products of conception and/or uterine rupture.
- Endomyometritis: Endomyometritis is an infection in the wall of the uterus. Risk factors include cesarean section, manual removal of the placenta, as well as patients with meconium, prolonged rupture of membranes, or chorioamnionitis. Doctors must recognize the risk factors for endomyometritis injuries, including fever, high white blood count, and uterine tenderness. Proper treatment usually includes antibiotics, and D&C if retained products of conception are discovered.
- Eclampsia: Eclampsia is a particularly severe form of preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy. Women with eclampsia experience seizures which can occur before, during, or several weeks after labor and delivery. Even after delivery, it should be treated with magnesium sulfate for up to 24 hours, which must be carefully prescribed to prevent additional seizures. Too much can cause severe injuries including depression of the central nervous system, loss of deep tendon reflexes, respiratory depression and paralysis, coma, or heart attacks.