Birth Injuries

A birth injury occurs when a baby is hurt during birth. These injuries can be devasting. They have the ability to affect the rest of the baby's and their family's lives. Birth Injuries Birth Injuries Can Be Permanent

Birth Injuries Are Not Always An Accident

Birth injuries can be the result of medical negligence. While birth injuries are not necessarily common, the most well-known conditions include the following:

  • Minor bruising and swelling about the face and head due to pressure during delivery or the use of forceps. Typically these heal well in the baby's first few days of life and do not cause permanent damage.
  • Erb's Palsy - This condition is a weakness or paralysis in one of the baby's arms due to the stretching or pulling of the baby's shoulder nerves during the birth. Most babies affected by this heal within six months. If not, sometimes surgery is required but the effects are usually permanent.
  • Cerebral Palsy - This is the most well known birth injury result and the most varied in symptoms and long term issues.

Cerebral palsy is caused by trauma to the baby's brain during or around the birth. The symptoms of CP are wide and varied, but are basically about the lack of nerve functionality and movement of various body parts and functions. The severity of the effects varies greatly, depending upon the level and type of damage the brain has sustained. Many times the effects are not clearly evident for several years, during which the doctors and parents observe and work with the baby with various development issues.

The Birth Injury Could Have Been Prevented

Birth injuries due to medical negligence are medical malpractice issues. Many of these mistakes could have been prevented if different decisions had been made or decisions had been made in a timely manner. If the doctors, nurses or any hospital staff make mistakes that cause trauma to the baby during the birth or shortly thereafter, these can result in birth injury to the baby. These are mistakes such as not noticing fetal distress, bad decisions mnaking, and the like.


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Birth Injuries Can Be Permanent

Birth injuries often lead to permanent damage. There is no way to tell the extent of the damage immediately. Doctors and parents must watch the baby as he or she grows to see how development might be affected.

You Need Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers

Only an experienced lawyer who knows Ohio's intricate medical malpractice laws, the court system and individual rights can effectively prove your physical and/or mental injury under state laws.

The DiCello Law Firm’s medical malpractice lawyers will evaluate your case thoroughly and explore all potential sources of recovery. We will help you decide your best course of action and we will develop the best legal strategy for demonstrating your claim.

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