Birth Injuries Caused By Medical Negligence Are Not Acceptable
Was medical malpractice a factor? Errors made by delivery teams or obstetricians, negligent prenatal or postnatal care, or pregnancy-related medical errors can cause lifelong, possibly fatal, injuries to babies and mothers.
At Leeseberg Tuttle, our Columbus-based attorneys recognize birth injuries for what they are – medical malpractice and negligence. We represent mothers and families throughout Ohio who have birth injury cases of all different types, including:
- Cerebral palsy disorder
- Lack of oxygen to the fetus during birth
- Shoulder dystocia, which may cause Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus birth palsy (infant arm weakness and loss of motion)
- Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) or “failure to progress” during labor
- Uterine rupture
- Placenta rupture
- Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) monitoring errors
A delay in ordering a cesarean section (C-section) once any of these complications occur can amplify injuries quickly. Some birth injuries may be remedied through proper medical and parental care after the fact, but you should still explore your legal options. The road to recovery is often difficult, lengthy and expensive.
How Our Team Can Help You
If you or your baby has suffered any serious complications or mistakes during labor or delivery, our experienced attorneys may be able to help gain compensation for near- and long-term damages and costs.
Our lawyers specialize in medical and hospital malpractice. Founding lawyers Gerry Leeseberg and Anne Valentine are both certified civil trial advocates by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and our team is well-known for record-setting verdicts and settlements in Ohio.
We consult the world’s leading medical experts on behalf of our clients and investigate every case we take on with our experienced nurses on staff. These resources and our global network allow us to investigate and pursue some of the most complex cases with comprehensive care and precision.
Ohio Birth Injury FAQ
How do birth injuries and birth defects differ?
The difference between birth injuries and birth defects is simple: birth injuries occur due to trauma during the birthing process, whereas birth defects are congenital and develop when infants are still in the womb. Birth defects also tend to be noticeable right away, whereas birth injuries that impact infants are not always evident immediately.
What are the most common causes of birth injuries?
When mothers and infants are harmed during the birthing process, their injuries often stem from the mistakes of medical professionals. Some common mistakes include:
- Botched C-sections
- Delayed C-sections or deliveries
- Ignoring vital signs
- Improper use of forceps
- Using excessive force during the birthing process
Birth injuries are more likely to happen when infants are large or premature and when mothers suffer from certain medical conditions. Even in high-risk pregnancies, though, there are ways medical professionals can prevent both mothers and infants from getting hurt.
Do I have to file my birth injury claim within a certain time frame?
In Ohio birth injury cases, the window for filing a claim is limited. Your claim must be filed within one year of when you discovered that you or your infant experienced a birth injury.
Are there long-term expenses associated with birth injuries?
Birth injuries can prove costly, whether they affect the mother or child. These injuries may require ongoing care, and victims sometimes face medical expenses that run to six or seven figures. Covering the costs of initial and ongoing treatment can be burdensome, so it is important to enlist the help of an Ohio birth injury attorney to get fully compensated for your care.
All Consultations Are Free And Carry No Obligation
We take on all legal costs of our clients’ cases and only collect fees if we are able to recover compensation on their behalf. Our dedicated advocates are committed to maximizing your recovery. Please call Leeseberg Tuttle at 855-445-6266 or contact us online for a free consultation.