When diabetes occurs in an expectant mother’s body, the body is unable
to properly process sugars in the blood. As a result, blood glucose rises
to abnormally high levels, which can harm the growing fetus inside of
her. Healthcare professionals should know the signs of diabetes and run
the proper tests to detect it. Unfortunately, doctors and other health
care providers occasionally fail to do so, resulting in serious birth
injuries for some.

At the Rocky River law office of The Lancione Law Firm, we are dedicated
to holding doctors accountable for their mistakes. Our clients include
birth injury victims and their families throughout Ohio. Many were involved
in high-risk pregnancies that were incorrectly treated by physicians,
nurses and hospitals. As experienced lawyers, we have seen firsthand the
serious consequences of failing to test or treat expecting mothers for
diabetes. This detrimental failure can lead to brain injury and fetal
death. Too much glucose to the fetus can also act as a powerful growth
hormone, causing the infant to become too large for a safe birth. Delivering
a child under these circumstances can cause brachial plexus injury and
cephalopelvic disproportion.

What Are The Possible Effects Of Gestational Diabetes?

Two of the most common effects of gestational diabetes on an infant are
macrosomia and hypoglycemia:

  • Macrosomia: This condition occurs when the fetus grows far too large because
    of high levels of sugar in the mother’s blood. These high levels
    cause the baby to convert excess sugar into body fat. Large fetal size
    can be dangerous during labor and delivery for both the mother and the baby.
  • Hypoglycemia: If your child has been harmed by untreated diabetes —
    either gestational diabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes — you may
    be able to take legal action. Our legal team can help. When we accept
    a birth injury case, we conduct a thorough review of the medical records
    involved. We may also consult with highly qualified medical experts to
    learn exactly how a doctor’s negligence caused the damage and if
    the damage could have been prevented.

Call Us If Your Child Suffered Harm Related To A High-Risk Birth

We invite you to call our Rocky River office at (440) 571-6862 or
contact us online to schedule an appointment regarding diabetes, pregnancy and medical malpractice.
The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati, Columbus,
Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities throughout Ohio.