Birth Trauma Injuries
Cleveland birth injury lawyer explains available legal options
The birth of a child should be a wonderful moment in a parent’s life. Unfortunately, some parents are suddenly faced with a serious neonatal injury. And in many cases, it’s due to a traumatic event that occurred shortly before, during or after the baby’s birth.
Birth trauma injuries often result in permanent disabilities or other severe injuries. Such injuries also take a serious emotional toll on parents and the family as a whole. That’s why it’s critical that doctors and other medical professionals do everything they can to prevent a birth trauma injury.
Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals make mistakes due to negligence. When that happens, it’s important that parents fully understand their legal rights. That’s why Cleveland birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione wants to meet with you.
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For more than three decades, attorney Lancione and his talented legal team at The Lancione Law Firm have been fighting for the rights of injured newborn children and their families. As a result, we know how to handle such complex legal cases.
We understand what’s at stake in such cases. It’s about more than just money. It’s about holding medical professionals accountable for their actions. It’s about making sure your child’s traumatic birth injury gets the attention it rightfully deserves.
That’s why we won’t waste a second when we meet with you. We’ll get right to work on your case and conduct an in-depth investigation. We’re also familiar with the laws and the legal system related to birth injury claims. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. Case results matter here – and so do you.
What is birth trauma?
In the medical field, trauma refers to a physical injury. In cases involving a birth trauma, a newborn infant has sustained a serious injury due to a single, traumatic event. When this happens, it’s critical that medical professionals respond quickly. This includes properly diagnosing what happened and providing effective medical treatment to address the newborn baby’s traumatic injury.
What are common birth trauma injuries?
Birth trauma injuries can cover a wide range. Some of the most common include:
- Broken Bones – Babies’ bones can break during a prolonged labor or due to a delayed delivery.
- Bruising – Severe bruising, especially to the baby’s face, often occurs during a difficult delivery.
- Excessive bleeding – Also known as a hemorrhage, severe bleeding can occur in different parts of a newborn child, including in the skull (Cephalohematoma is especially serious) and in the baby’s eyes (Subconjunctival hemorrhage).
- Facial Paralysis – This includes Bell’s Palsy, a common but serious injury in newborn children.
- Nerve Damage – These types of injuries often occur during the delivery process. This includes Brachial Plexus injuries to the nerves in the baby’s neck and shoulder.
- Shoulder Injury – Injuries to the shoulder, including shoulder dystocia, often occur during a child’s birth.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Head injuries, including concussions or other types of TBIs, often occur before, during or shortly after a child’s birth.
These are just some of the most common birth trauma injuries. Whatever type of injury your baby sustained, make sure your child gets the medical care they need right away.
What causes birth trauma?
Birth trauma often occurs due to negligence on the part of the doctor or another medical professional responsible for treating the mother or her child. Examples of negligence that result in a birth injury include:
- Not performing certain medical tests before, during or after a child’s birth.
- Not following standard medical procedures.
- Not informing the mother of possible risk factors, especially in cases involving a high-risk pregnancy.
- Not taking fetal risk factors seriously during pregnancy.
- Abnormal fetal position during pregnancy.
- Larger than normal fetus, a medical condition known as macrosomia.
- Delayed delivery or prolonged labor.
What are common risk factors?
Certain risk factors often play a role in birth trauma injuries. Such risk factors include:
- Previous birth trauma involving the mother.
- High blood pressure in the mother, a medical condition referred to as hypertension or preeclampsia.
- Gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy.
- Pelvic insufficiency (anything that puts the pelvis at risk of an injury).
- Attempting to have a vaginal birth after previously having a cesarean birth, a medial situation referred to as a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
These are just some of the maternal risk factors that can result in a birth trauma injury. When doctors or other medical professionals don’t take such risk factors seriously and a traumatic birth injury occurs, they must be held accountable for their actions. That’s why parents should talk to an experienced birth injury lawyer right away to learn more about their rights.
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You might think you don’t need an attorney if your newborn baby clearly sustained a birth trauma injury due to negligence or malpractice. But the reality is doctors, hospitals and other medical institutions rarely admit wrongdoing. Instead, they often hire lawyers to defend their actions and deny your injury claim.
Our job is to make sure your child’s traumatic birth injury gets the attention it rightfully deserves. Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione can work closely with your family and find the evidence you need to build the strongest possible legal case. He also knows how to negotiate effectively with other lawyers and insurance companies. But if they refuse to negotiate in good faith, he will not hesitate to file a lawsuit or take other legal action on your family’s behalf.
Get the Ohio law firm that gets results. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with Cleveland birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to schedule an appointment.