Holding Medical Professionals Responsible For Birth Injuries
Announcing a pregnancy and planning for the arrival of a new family member mark exciting periods in a new parent’s life. When it’s time for the baby’s delivery, parents envision an event followed with coos and first touches. In most cases, the imagined scene does indeed unfold in the labor and delivery room. When the appropriate protocol is not followed or monitored vital signs are ignored, infants are put at risk.
While there are many variables that can influence the outcome of a delivery, parents expect that their physicians and staff will provide a standard of care that ensures their child’s safety. Health care professionals are taught to anticipate problems and adjust their approach accordingly. Failure to do so can lead to problems that have long-term implications.
Our attorneys at Djordjevic & Marmaros, LLC, have guided parents through all stages of the prosecution process as they have sought compensation for birth injuries. While receiving damages for a doctor’s negligent act may not reverse the trauma, a settlement may help to address financial responsibilities parents have as a result of the infant’s injury. Our lawyers have established relationships with medical professionals who know how to treat the injuries and can estimate costs associated with such treatments.
Obtaining Maximum Compensation To Cover Lifelong Financial Responsibilities
Our lawyers have helped our Ohio families receive damages for birth injuries incurred such as:
- Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Shoulder dystocia
When the baby’s oxygen levels are diminished during childbirth, cognitive injuries occur. As a result of this deprivation, newborns have an increased risk of delayed brain development, which may require lifelong care.
Accidents also happen when health providers fail to diagnose or respond to medical conditions in a timely fashion. Trauma can also occur when medical staff is not properly trained on devices that facilitate child delivery. Injuries that result from improper delivery techniques include:
- Forceps birth injury
- Vacuum extractor injury
- Shoulder dystocia
Other times powerful medications, such as oxytocin or pitocin, are used to start or augment mom’s contractions. Although these medications are effective in stimulating labor, they can sometimes overstimulate contractions resulting in damage to the baby. Our attorneys are well-aware of the standards employed in administering oxytocin or pitocin.