Ohio Birth Injury Attorneys Know When Malpractice Occurs
Medical professionals may attempt to conceal communication errors, but our attorneys know how to spot birth negligence
During the birth of a child, there is usually a team of medical professionals assisting with labor and delivery. Anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists administer an epidural. Nurses check vital signs and regularly check in on the mother. Doctors assess how well a mother is progressing. Several other medical professionals may also come in and out of the room. It is essential for the safety of both the mother and the baby that these medical professionals communicate frequently and clearly with each other. If they fail to do so, the mother or baby could be seriously injured. At The Eisen Law Firm, our Ohio birth negligence attorneys are experienced in studying medical records and know how to pinpoint when a serious communication error has occurred.
What are communication errors?
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that close to one-third of all birth injuries are preventable. The most common reason for a preventable birth injury? A lack of communication between medical professionals.
Some of the most common types of communication errors include:
Medical record errors : If medical professionals fail to update and maintain medical records, serious complications may arise. Without current medical information, medical professionals may spend unnecessary time trying to diagnose a condition or they may be unaware of a serious complication or reaction that has already occurred. If notes are not clear on medical records or orders for testing, a dangerous medical error could occur.
Failing to follow up on diagnostics: When an x-ray, blood test, or other type of diagnostic test or procedure is ordered, it is important to relay the information gleaned from these tests as soon as possible to other medical professionals. Medical professionals may cause serious injury or death if they fail to review results of a test or procedure.
Issues during labor and delivery : Nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals must ensure that they are all coordinating their treatment of a pregnant woman and her baby. For example, imagine what could go wrong if a baby’s heartbeat was not checked for a significant period of time, all because each nurse or doctor thought the previous individual was going to check it.
Other types of communication errors may also occur during labor and delivery.
Who is responsible for communication errors?
There are a number of individuals who may be responsible in a medical negligence claim that involves communication errors. The following individuals and entities may be named as defendants in these claims:
Certified nursing assistants
Other individuals and entities may also be named in a birth negligence case.
At The Eisen Law Firm, our Ohio birth injury lawyers pursue all avenues of recovery in your claim.
At The Eisen Law Firm, our Ohio birth injury attorneys aggressively pursue as many types of recovery as we can on your behalf. We carefully review the facts of your claim to ensure we maximize your compensation. In fact, The Eisen Law Firm has handled cases involving communication errors and has recently settled a case for a confidential amount. To schedule your free consultation with our experienced attorneys, call 216-687-0900 or contact us online.