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Childbirth involves both logistic challenges and emotional happiness, and families trust OBGYN doctors to deliver the best care to everyone involved in the birthing process. However, when mistakes occur or accidents happen in the delivery room, the consequences can be devastating and permanent.
If a person sustains damages during, before, or immediately after the birthing delivery process, these issues are referred to as birth injuries. While birth injuries can occur naturally, particularly between the birthing parent and child, they’re often the cause of a medical mistake or negligence in the delivery room. Nerve damage, broken bones, and other mechanically-caused (traction or compression) damages are collectively referred to as “birth trauma.”
If you or a loved one has experienced injuries or trauma during childbirth, you should contact a birth injury lawyer or a Columbus medical malpractice lawyer immediately. Kisling, Nestico & Redick are Columbus birth injury lawyers with decades of experience in helping Ohio families navigate complicated legal and medical processes and win cases for childbirth injuries. Call us today at (614) 487-8669 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Common Birth Injuries in Columbus
A study published by Medscape in 2015 states that in the US, for every 1,000 live births, an average of six to eight infants sustain injuries. Both children and parents suffer when birth injuries occur, and the fallout can extend to other family members and friends as well. Our Columbus birth injury lawyers, with offices throughout Ohio, have handled trauma cases including the following physical ramifications:
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial palsy (Erbs palsy)
- Subdural hematomas
- Brain damage
Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most well-known results of sustained brain damage due to birth injuries, and there is no known cure for it. United Cerebral Palsy,UCP, estimates about 10,000 births annually result in CP, which occurs when motor functions controlled by certain areas of the brain suffer damage.
CP is a developmental disorder which can manifest at various levels and in varying forms. Since it affects a child’s movement, a CP diagnosis may not be readily apparent until the child develops and has trouble in performing coordinated motor movements like rolling over, crawling, or walking.
While there is no cure for this disability, there is a plethora of treatment – including therapy – that can help alleviate pain and trauma associated with CP. If you suspect an infant may have CP due to a birth injury or birth trauma, contact a Columbus birth injury attorney immediately.
In addition to physical pain and consequences, birth injury medical conditions often require high financial cost and may have long-term emotional and psychological impact as well. Birth trauma can be serious and complex, potentially affecting far more than just the infant and parents.
Treatments for Birth Injuries
Treatment for birth injuries depends on the level of brain damage experienced. To best determine the appropriate treatment plan for a patient, physicians may administer a CT scan or an MRI to assess brain activity and the extent of the brain trauma.
Severe birth injury treatment will often initially result in one of two main types of surgical correction:
- Craniotomy: A surgery in which removal of a flap of bone occurs so a surgeon can repair injuries including blood vessels and blood clots. To suture the incision, hardware such as screws and plates is typically required.
- Decompressive Craniectomy: Considered a treatment for extremely severe birth and brain injuries, this extensive surgery addresses brain swelling and, in order to relieve pressure, requires the partial removal of the skull. According to the Birth Injury Guide, “Although this type of surgery is controversial, especially for children and infants, a swelling brain is life-threatening and in some instances, a decompressive craniectomy is the best option.”
In addition to legal advocacy in recouping financial losses for extensive medical care and surgical procedures, KNR attorneys can help plug families and victims into emotional care resources.
Compensation After a Birth Injury
If you or a loved one have sustained birth injuries as the result of poor actions or negligence, you may be entitled to a birth injury case that could help cover the costs accrued by your loss. Medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation can result in an excessive financial and psychological burden. It’s vital to seek an Ohio birth injury attorneys’ help in recouping damages and to discuss the options available to you, as birth trauma of any degree may qualify you to make a birth injury compensation claim regardless of the cause.
Our KNR Columbus birth injury attorneys have helped numerous Ohio-area victims and birth trauma patients and families gain compensation for physical, psychological, and financial damages. Let KNR Columbus birth injury attorneys guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for childbirth-related trauma. You may be able to recoup a number of losses and sustain further rehabilitation in a Columbus personal injury lawsuit.
Our Columbus 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. Multiple Ohio locations throughout the state ensure wide coverage and extensive knowledge about the state’s legal and medical processes. Our diverse team of Columbus and Ohio-wide attorneys is also skilled in numerous legal areas including wrongful deaths, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
If you have any questions regarding birth injuries or birth trauma, call our Columbus personal injury lawyers at (614) 487-8669 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio child birth injury attorney.