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When preparing to bring a new life into this world, it can be one of the most exciting and stressful times with so many things to prepare for. Parents want their new family member to be safe and healthy and most of the time this happens relatively smoothly. However, happiness can quickly turn into shock and devastation when mistakes occur in the delivery room.
Birth injury is defined as a preventable health problem that happens during labor, birth, or after giving birth. Parents trust doctors and medical staff to ensure that the infant is delivered into the world as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, oversights do arise resulting in birth injuries.
Akron birth injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have extensive experience in assisting Ohio families that have suffered the terrible effects of childbirth injury and they can help secure compensation to provide services and care that your child needs at this time and in the future. Call us today at (330) 869-9007 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Common Birth Injuries
According to National Healthcare Quality Report, 28,000 babies per year are born with a birth injury in the US. That is the equivalent of three per hour.
The most common preventable injuries are:
- Brain Injury – which includes Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Palsy/ Erb’s Palsy – temporary or permanent nerve damage resulting in weakness or paralysis of the arm
- Subdural hematoma – bleeding inside the brain area that compresses brain tissue
- Fractures – which includes skull or clavicle
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Soft tissue or organ injuries
These are most often caused by:
- Twisting or pulling the infant in an incorrect way
- Using birth-assisting tools, forceps, or vacuum extraction improperly
- Failure to check for heartbeat or breathing, or failure to pick up on the signs of distress
- Failure to administer medication, administering the wrong amount, or wrong type of medication to the mother during the labor and in some cases the pregnancy itself
- Failure to perform an emergency cesarean surgery (C-section)
These mistakes can occur for a variety of reasons, including inattention, exhaustion, forgetfulness or inexperience.
Common Solutions to Birth Injuries
Every birth injury is different and therefore treatments will differ depending on the injury and extent of damage. For example, some cases of Erb’s Palsy, shoulder dystocia, and any injury that weakens the muscles will require daily physical therapy exercises to the affected area. In other birth injuries, such as subdural hematoma, immediate surgery may be required.
Another birth injury is Cerebral Palsy (CP). There is no cure for CP and, while it has varying degrees of severity, the child will inevitably be required to see many different medical specialists throughout its life. Care for children with CP includes doctors, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and educators. All of this makes the financial burden on families even more strenuous.
Seeking Compensation after a Birth Injury
If you or a member of your family have fallen victim to the devastation of a birth injury through medical negligence, you may qualify to open a birth injury case and seek entitlement for your loss and the potential on-going medical expenses. Birth injury occurs through medical negligence and sometimes that can be as simple as the physician not looking at the imaging materials correctly. It is vital to seek a birth injury lawyer and get help in navigating through the steps of the legal process.
If your child is suffering a preventable childbirth injury, our KNR Akron birth injury lawyers can guide you through this difficult time and help you in seeking compensation for your childbirth injury. The compensation you receive may be the only way you will be able to provide the care and medical requirements that your child will need in order to maximize recovery. KNR’s birth injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help you gain compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Our Akron Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our experienced legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for a variety of cases including birth injuries. We have 11 locations throughout Ohio, covering extensive ground and including all regions and cities in the state. In addition to childbirth injuries, our diverse team of attorneys have skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful deaths, truck accidents, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
If you have any questions regarding birth injuries, call our (330) 869-9007 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio birth injury attorney.