Cincinnati Birth Injury Attorneys
Protecting the Legal Rights of Injured Babies Throughout Ohio
When birth injuries happen, many parents feel overwhelmed and scared. What should you do? Do you need to file a legal claim? How will you afford medical treatment? At The Eisen Law Firm, our Cincinnati birth injury attorneys understand the emotional turmoil parents face and help you through the birth injury claims process. We work hard to obtain a favorable outcome for you and your injured child.
What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?
In some cases, a medical professional who has made a medical error may try to tell new parents that their child’s condition is the result of a birth defect or just an unfortunate “complication.” However, the condition may actually have been caused by a preventable medical mistake. What is the difference?
Birth defects are conditions that generally arise naturally during pregnancy. For example, genetic mutations that cause limb deformities are an example of a birth defect. Usually, there is nothing a mother can do to prevent these types of birth defects. Birth injuries, however, occur when the child is injured during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. A medical professional may administer a medication that hurts the child, or the medical professional may injure the child while attempting to help it out of the birth canal. Birth injuries generally refer to preventable injuries.
How do birth injuries happen?
There are many conditions that may lead to a birth injury. These include:
- A lack of oxygen: A lack of oxygen is one of the most dangerous situations a baby may face during labor and delivery. It may be caused by several different conditions, such as a twisted or prolapsed umbilical cord. Often, the precise reason that oxygen delivery to the fetus is decreased remains unknown, but when it occurs, it must be diagnosed and dealt with promptly.
- Long labor: Labors that exceed 18 hours are more likely to result in birth injuries, due to several factors, including the pressure on the baby’s body.
- The use of tools: Using forceps, vacuums, and other types of tools may increase the likelihood of a birth injury.
- Health conditions in the mother: Certain conditions, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, may result in serious complications for the mother or the baby, if they are not addressed properly.
- Failure to Perform a Caesarean section: In some cases, it is necessary to perform a C-section to get the baby out safely. If medical professionals wait too long to perform the C-section, serious injuries could occur.
There are a number of other ways birth injuries happen. If you are wondering if your child’s health condition is the result of a birth injury, our birth negligence attorneys will review your child’s medical records as soon as possible. Many parents have no idea that they are entitled to compensation on behalf of their child until they meet with our skilled Ohio birth injury attorneys.
Call today to schedule a free consultation
At The Eisen Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping injured children and their families. We maintain a small caseload, so that we may provide our clients with focused, individualized attention. To set up a free consultation with our experienced Ohio birth injury attorneys, call 216-687-0900 or visit us online today. We have more than 40 years of experience working with families in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Lorain, Toledo, Akron, and all of Northeast Ohio.