There are few times as exciting and special as the birth of children and nothing so terrifying and heartbreaking as when something goes wrong. The joyful occasion can quickly become frightening if a doctor makes a mistake during the delivery that results in the baby being injured. Negligent medical professionals can cause a number of injuries to the baby and mother both during pregnancy and the birthing process. Birth injuries frequently have a lifelong impact on the child, sometimes leading to permanent brain damage or physical or cognitive disabilities. These types of birth injuries can also leave the family struggling with long-lasting medical expenses that are needed to help a child maintain his or her quality of life.
If your child sustained a birth injury because of a medical mistake or medical negligence, it is crucial to seek legal council. Ohio laws offer recourse, but the unique circumstances of each case must be examined to determine how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Challenges Facing Children With Birth Defects
Birth injuries caused by negligent doctors can leave children facing devastating medical, emotional, and physical challenges. Parents seldom realize how much the birth injury will impact their lives. While certain governmental services and support groups exist to aid parents raising children with birth injuries, the extra care and nurturing needed to help the child navigate through life still present an extraordinarily demanding task.
Parents of a child injured at birth often have an inkling that something went wrong. If you suspect your child may have suffered from a birth injury, it is important to log all symptoms, recall details of the pregnancy and birth, and seek the right help.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys Dedicated To Helping Families
At Chester Law Group Co. LPA, we are here to help you seek compensation for medical malpractice damages. Our team of attorneys have extensive experience in medical malpractice cases, including claims regarding birth injuries. With more than 190 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys are represented countless families in birth injury suits over the years.
We are ready to help your family address a wide range of birth injuries, including:
- Cerebral palsy – a condition involving spastic paralysis and impaired muscle coordination;
- Erb’s palsy – a type of paralysis that affects the arms;
- Klumpke’s palsy – paralysis in the lower roots and brachial plexus, originating in the back of the neck; and
- Brachial plexus – injury in the nerves running from the spine.
Doctors may cause any of these injuries through a variety of negligent actions during pregnancy or childbirth. Common reasons for negligence include failure to diagnose or delay diagnosis, failure to prevent pregnancy, such as a hysterectomy, or failure to report abnormalities during pregnancy.
Call Our Offices Today to Learn More About Birth Injuries and Your Rights
Matters involving your newborn can be highly sensitive and emotional, and you may be reluctant to expose your child to any further harm. When you work with us, we will create as stress-free as an environment as possible by taking much of the legal work off of your shoulders. Learn more about how our birth injury lawyers can help by contacting us today at 800-218-4243. We serve clients across Ohio from 19 office locations, including those located near our headquarters in Akron.