When Do You Need a Birth Injury Attorney?
Although birth is a natural process, there are dozens of things that can go wrong from early in a mother’s pregnancy to after the baby is born. Typically, with proper medical care, the mother and baby will be fine throughout pregnancy and childbirth. However, there are cases nearly every day where babies are injured due to the negligence of medical professionals.
What are some of the situations where an individual may need to hire a birth injury attorney?
Before the baby is born
Prenatal care is extremely important for the health of both the mother and the baby. Mothers should make sure they attend all of their scheduled appointments and ultrasounds with their physicians. During prenatal care, certain conditions may be diagnosed, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Both of these conditions may have negative effects on both the mother and the baby if they are not diagnosed or treated properly.
During the delivery
There are numerous risks involved with the birth of a baby, and if a medical professional fails to act quickly when an emergency arises, the results can be tragic. If a caesarean section is needed but not performed in a timely manner; if tools such as forceps or vacuums are used improperly; or if the uterus ruptures, serious harm to the mother and baby can occur. In especially difficult births, the baby may suffer broken bones or may suffer from brain damage and cerebral palsy due to complications.
After the baby arrives
After the baby is born, the mother and baby are finally able to get to know each other in the hospital room. However, the mother and baby must still be closely monitored during their hospital stay. Some health conditions do not manifest right away—they may take several hours or even a day or two to begin showing symptoms. For example, after a caesarean section, the mother must be closely monitored for signs of infection or other complications that may arise. In addition, doctors and nurses must check the baby’s vital signs for any indication of neonatal problems.
When is hiring a birth injuries attorney necessary?
Most of us are not experienced in the medical field. Therefore, it can be tricky to understand whether something went wrong simply by chance or if it was due to the negligence of a medical professional. Skilled birth injuries attorneys are experienced in these claims and can consult with medical experts to determine whether and how negligence occurred in your case. Reputable medical malpractice attorneys offer a free consultation to discuss your potential claim and explain any damages to which you may be entitled.
Contact us to discuss your claim with an experienced Ohio birth injury attorney
At The Eisen Law Firm, our Ohio birth injury attorneys are compassionate to your needs and tough on negligent medical professionals. We work hard to obtain favorable results and aggressively pursue every avenue of recovery to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call 216-687-0900 or contact us online.