It’s not too late. In Ohio, we have what is called a tolling law which means you have until your child turns 19 years of age to bring your birth injury case up.
Bringing a child into this world is a precious moment in your life. When a healthcare provider’s negligence causes a developmental delay, life-long disability, or even death, to your baby, you’re devastated. Beyond that, the medical expenses associated with caring for an injured child only add to the expense of having a baby.
You shouldn’t have to take on the emotional and financial hardship of a birth injury alone—especially when it’s the result of someone else’s wrongdoing. An Ohio birth injury attorney at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy can help you get the compensation you need to care for your child.
Common Birth Injuries
Some of the most common birth injuries are also the most life-altering and long term. Here are just a few of the most common birth injuries.
Cerebral palsy is a group of brain and nervous system disorders that can result in physical and developmental disabilities. Premature and early infants are susceptible to these disorders when they suffer:
- brain bleeding,
- brain infections,
- head injuries,
- in-utero exposure to mothers’ infections,
- or severe jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Symptoms of cerebral palsy include:
- abnormal gait (limb movement),
- abnormal motor movements,
- lack of coordination,
- lack of intelligence,
- muscle weakness,
- speech problems,
- tight muscles and joints,
- and more.
Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Palsy)
The bundle of nerves surrounding our shoulders is known as the brachial plexus. When these nerves are stretched during birth, it can cause Brachial palsy—or Erb’s palsy. This disorder results from trauma during the birthing process, often as the result of improper treatment of a shoulder dystocia.
Symptoms of a brachial plexus injury in newborns include:
- flexed arm, held tight to the affected side of the body,
- lack of movement in upper or lower arm or hand,
- no moro-reflex (startle response) on the affected side of the body,
- and poor grip on the affected side of the body.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Often the result of asphyxia during traumatic births, HIE is a life-threatening brain injury that can lead to severe complications, including:
- low blood pressure,
- damage to other organs (kidneys, heart, liver) caused by low blood pressure,
- stupor or coma,
- hypotonia and muscle weakness,
- difficulty feeding,
- and apnea.
Conditions That Can Cause Birth Injuries
Giving birth is one of life’s most exciting and wonderful moments, but it is also a very delicate and precarious time for mother and baby. If complications arise during delivery, they must be handled carefully to ensure the health and safety of mothers and infants.
- Uterine Rupture
When the wall of the uterus tears during childbirth, this condition is known as uterine rupture. If the tear extends through the entire uterine wall, the results can be fatal for both the mother and child. Uterine rupture typically occurs early in the labor process and can be detected and avoided by constant monitoring of the birthing process.
- Shoulder Dystocia
If an infant is too large for the mother’s pelvis or is in an abnormal position during birth, one of the shoulders may become caught during delivery. This condition is known as shoulder dystocia and can result in nerve damage, including Erb’s palsy, if not properly managed.
If you believe that you or your child is suffering from a birth injury that was caused by the negligence of your healthcare provider, our birth injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you need to cover the costs of medical expenses. We won’t hesitate to consult medical experts, such as nurses, obstetricians, pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and more, to help you determine what happened and how your child’s life will be affected.
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney
Birth injury cases are some of the most sensitive and costly legal battles any attorney will face. Evaluating the painstaking details of your doctor’s actions to try and determine who or what is responsible for your child’s condition is challenging. At Nurenberg Paris, attorney and partner Jonathan Mester focuses his practice on helping obstetrical malpractice victims, and he is ready to help protect your family’s rights after a birth injury.
Our law firm has been helping injured victims for more than 85 years, and we have the knowledge of the law and the necessary resources to handle your case. The birth injury attorneys at our firm have helped many families, and we can help you too. Call (888) 900-6075 or complete a free initial consultation form to contact our legal team now.