The preparation for the birth of a new child means a lot of things: preparing the nursery, assembling baby furniture, a baby shower, and constant inquiries from friends and family about how you are feeling. It also means constant visits to the doctor. Most women will never see their doctor as frequently as they do during pregnancy, and will never be forced to trust their doctor more fully than they do for bringing this new life into the world safely. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors, through honest mistakes, mild negligence, or actual incompetence, do not live up to this trust, and the child suffers a serious birth injury.

If your child was born with a birth injury that you believe may have been the result of medical malpractice, we can help. Contact the Columbus, Ohio personal injury lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack CO., L.P.A. by phone at (614) 766-2000 to discuss your situation.

Interventionist Medicine

Modern medical technology allows and encourages a high degree of intervention and control. When properly executed, this level of control can make the birth process safe and healthy for mother and child. But when a mistake is made, the consequences can be disastrous. And unfortunately mistakes occur more often than we would like. The United States ranked 46th out of 47 industrialized nations in terms of infant mortality, according to a 2006 report. Some common mistakes made by doctors, nurses, and others during pregnancy and birth include:

  • Prescribing medication with a dangerous side effect for mother or child
  • Late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of threats to the health of mother or child, including:
    • Eclampsia
    • Infection or serious viral illness
    • High blood pressure
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Abruptio placenta
    • Prenatal asphyxia
    • Prolonging delivery, leading to brain damage or cerebral palsy
    • Improperly using vacuum extraction or forceps during delivery, leading to Erb’s palsy or cerebral palsy
    • Deciding to perform a cesarean section too late during a traumatic birth
    • Failing to closely monitor a mother and baby’s health after a traumatic birth

The above errors can lead to birth defects, crippling injuries, even the death of the mother and/or child.

Cost of Birth Injuries

As a result of birth injuries, the mother and child may have to spend more time in the hospital and undergo prolonged and rigorous treatment, which can be very expensive. In addition, children with cerebral palsy from a birth injury face a lifetime of adversity, which will drain them and their parents, physically, emotionally, and financially.

If you are facing the costs of current and future medical bills as a result of possible medical malpractice during the birth of your child, a birth injury lawsuit may be able to help. Schedule a free case evaluation with the Columbus, Ohio personal injury attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack CO., L.P.A. online, or call us at (614) 766-2000 today.