Ohio Labor and Delivery Malpractice Lawyer
Birth Trauma and Premature Labor Malpractice
When a baby is born with brain damage or physical disability, the child may have sustained a birth injury during labor or delivery. At The Becker Law Firm, L.P.A., we can help determine if your baby’s birth trauma was due to preventable complications or negligence of the delivering doctor or other medical professionals.
Our trial lawyers have extensive knowledge of maternal-fetal medicine and almost 70 years of combined legal experience. With offices in Cleveland and Elyria, we take birth trauma cases throughout Ohio. Our firm is frequently contacted for co-counsel or legal advice in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. call (440) 210-9336 for a free case evaluation.
Expecting Parents: The information presented here is intended to raise awareness of possible dangers in labor and childbirth. It is not a substitute for medical advice, but we hope that it helps you ask the right questions as delivery draws near.
Preventing Premature Birth
Carrying your baby to full term is always the goal, unless intervention is required due to fetal distress or life-threatening conditions in the mother. Premature birth greatly increases the risks of brain damage and other health problems in the newborn. If you went into pre-term labor, did the doctors administer tocolytic drugs timely to stop labor? Did the doctor perform tests to detect a compromised cervix, uterus, water sac or placenta? If premature birth was imminent, did they administer corticosteroids to help the undeveloped lungs function after birth?
Labor and Induction
During labor, the nursing staff must be vigilant to any signs of fetal distress. Fetal heart rhythm, the mother’s blood pressure and other vital signs should be constantly monitored. Errors may occur in inducing labor, including overuse of pitocin and not timely inducing. If delivery was imminent, was there a qualified OB/GYN or surgeon on hand to address emergencies? Was the size of the baby accurately assessed through pre-labor ultrasound? If the delivering practitioner was a midwife, was she qualified to make decisions regarding the advisability of a vaginal birth?
The Becker Law Firm, L.P.A., is an Ohio leader in labor and delivery litigation over traumatic injuries sustained relative to childbirth. We have extensive experience in brain injury, nerve damage, and fetal or maternal death cases arising from:
- Anesthesia malpractice, including unsuccessful epidural (spinal nerve block)
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors
- Improper delivery technique
- Undiagnosed uterine rupture
- Injury from prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failure to anticipate or recognize shoulder dystocia
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Ill-advised vaginal birth after prior caesarean (VBAC)
- Oxygen deprivation resulting in stillbirth or neonatal brain injury
- Failure to administer antibiotics for Group B strep infection or to prophylactically give antibiotics after rupture of membranes
- Delivery error resulting in hemorrhage, stroke or death of the mother
- Failure to call in a specialist when indicated
Ohio Premature Labor Malpractice Lawyer
If you suspect medical negligence caused your child’s permanent injury or your baby’s death, contact a Cleveland labor and delivery malpractice attorney at The Becker Law Firm, call (440) 252-4399 for a free initial consultation.