Ohio Birth Injury Attorneys Pursue Justice for Infant Brain Injuries
Many babies suffer from permanent disabilities after suffering a brain injury at birth
In the United States, statistics show that roughly 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries every single year. Though some of these injuries are simply unavoidable due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, many injuries are due to the negligence of a medical professional. When a medical professional is negligent and injures a patient, Ohio law provides that the patient may recover damages. At The Eisen Law Firm, our Ohio birth injury lawyers are experienced in all types of birth injury claims, including those involving serious brain injuries. With our team of attorneys on your side, you can rest assured your legal interests are thoroughly protected. Since 1976, we have been staunch advocates for injured children and their families. Our practice is dedicated exclusively to medical malpractice, negligence, and wrongful death claims.
Types of brain injuries
Brain injuries that occur at birth may be mild, moderate, or severe in nature.
Mild brain injuries include:
Hematomas: These occur when blood builds up outside of a blood vessel. They generally resolve on their own.
Fractures: In some cases, trauma during birth causes minor skull fractures. In many cases, these heal on their own.
Minor bleeding: Often caused by trauma, some brain bleeds resolve on their own with no major side effects.
Moderate brain injuries include:
Serious fractures: These injuries may lead to further trauma in the brain. This sometimes happens when a baby is dropped shortly after birth.
Significant brain bleeds: Difficult deliveries and other complications may cause dangerous bleeding.
Oxygen deprivation: A baby may be deprived of oxygen by several different mechanisms, including a compressed umbilical cord, a damaged or diseased placenta, or a blocked airway. Such oxygen deprivation may cause very significant brain injuries.
Subdural hematomas: With subdural hematomas, blood pools between the dura matter and the arachnoid matter. If left untreated, pressure in the skull may increase and cause brain damage.
Severe brain injuries include:
Subdural hematomas that result in seizures or excessive bilirubin.
Intraventricular hemorrhages that prevent the brain from developing properly.
An extended period of oxygen deprivation that results in cerebral palsy or paralysis.
A child born with a brain injury may require constant care for the rest of his or her life, which can be extremely costly. Our attorneys aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your child, so ongoing care can be provided without causing financial hardship.
How long do I have to file a brain injury claim for my child?
In most medical negligence cases, there is a one-year statute of limitations to file a claim. If a claimant misses the statute of limitations, the claimant may be forever barred from recovering damages from the negligent medical professional or medical facility. However, in birth injury cases, Ohio law provides until the child’s 19th birthday to file a claim. It is better to file a claim as soon as possible to ensure all necessary witnesses and evidence are available in the case.
Call The Eisen Law Firm today for a free consultation
At The Eisen Law Firm, our Ohio injury attorneys have held negligent medical professionals accountable since 1976. Our practice is dedicated exclusively to medical malpractice and birth injury matters. We carefully handle your legal claim with skill and compassion, so you can focus on caring for your child. In fact, The Eisen Law Firm has handled cases involving brain injuries and has recently settled a case for a confidential amount. To schedule your free consultation with our firm, call 216-687-0900 or contact us online.