Having a happy, healthy newborn is the goal of all expecting parents. Unfortunately, birth injuries occur all the time. Thankfully, when your healthcare provider’s negligence causes your maternal or newborn birth injuries, you may have the right to financial compensation.

If your child suffered an avoidable injury at birth, you owe it to your child and your family to reach out to a compassionate Columbus birth injury attorney at Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers to weigh your legal options and discover how to hold the responsible party(s) in your child’s case accountable for injuries inflicted in utero or during birth.

Common Types Of Birth Injuries in Columbus

Your child is your whole world, which makes preventable, unnecessary birth injuries the very definition of “a hard pill to swallow” for you as a parent. Our firm has a long track record of seeking justice for birth injury victims, holding doctors and other health care professionals responsible for their negligence, recklessness, carelessness, or inaction.

Some of the most common birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral palsy: This condition is sometimes caused by premature birth, infection during pregnancy, placental eruption, brain bleeds, or trauma during labor.
  • Erb’s palsy: Brachial plexus injuries result in nerve damage that can cause weakness or paralysis in the upper extremities, a condition known as Erb’s palsy.
  • Anoxic brain damage: This condition occurs when the baby’s brain suffers from oxygen deprivation. Anoxic brain damage injuries are usually due to the negligent administration of labor-inducing pharmaceuticals, compression of the umbilical cord, or delayed Cesarean section delivery.
  • Skull fracture: The negligent use of tools such as forceps, vacuums, and extractors during birth can lead to traumatic injuries for the infant.

Other common birth injuries you may want to reach out to an attorney to discuss include :

  • Caput succedaneum
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Facial paralysis
  • Perinatal asphyxiation
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Postpartum depression
  • Hyper Ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • untreated jaundice
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine rupture
  • Bone breaks and fractures
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
  • Cerebral dysgenesis
  • Fractured collarbones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

These are only a few of the more common types of birth injuries you may have the right to sue for. To find out whether you have grounds for a medical malpractice birth injury claim, reach out to our team of experienced birth injury attorneys in Columbus for help.

Who Is Responsible for Your Columbus Birth Injury?

When a healthcare provider’s negligence or medical mistake causes your newborn or the mother to suffer serious injuries during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, they can be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. To recover the compensation your family deserves, you may need to be prepared to file medical malpractice birth injury claims and civil birth injury lawsuits.

However, before you can move forward with your case, your attorney will need to gather the evidence needed to support your case. There are many healthcare providers who could share liability for your birth injury. Nearly anyone involved in your medical care for the duration of the pregnancy, labor, or delivery could share liability. Some of the more common parties named in Columbus birth injury malpractice and civil claims include:

  • Nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Midwives
  • Gynecologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Pediatrician
  • Hospitals
  • Birthing centers
  • Prenatal care providers
  • Medical device manufacturers

Your birth injury lawyers’ careful examination into how the birth injury occurred in your case will help to reveal which individual or entity should be held accountable for the ways your family’s lives have been affected by this traumatic birth experience.

Compensation For Birth Injuries

If you believe that your child’s medical problem might be the result of the actions/inactions or negligence of your OB/GYN, pediatrician, or other professional, you have a right to recover damages on behalf of your injured child. Some compensable damages in your child’s case may include

  • Medical costs: Some birth injuries can be treated and cured, but serious birth injuries may require specialized ongoing care due to the permanent damage they inflict. From ongoing physical therapy to surgeries, medications, and other costs, a fair settlement in a birth injury case may also include the cost of past, present, and future medical care.
  • Loss of potential income: If a baby sustains a permanent injury at birth, then the future earnings potential for that child is diminished. The at-fault party may be held to account for your child’s future lost income.
  • Pain and suffering: The pain your child undergoes as a result of a birth injury is also recoverable in many cases. This is doubly true in the case of serious, permanent injuries.

How Long Do You Have to File Your Columbus Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Under Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.113, medical malpractice claims in Columbus and across the state must be filed before the one-year statute of limitations expires. Ohio has some of the strictest medical malpractice statutes of limitation across the country.

The exact date the statute of limitations will expire for your Columbus medical malpractice claim could vary considerably depending on when you were diagnosed with an injury related to a medical error, when the initial medical error was made, and when you discovered that you were a victim of medical malpractice.

Take steps to protect your compensation by getting a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney to take on your case. This way, you can be sure that your claim is filed before the statute of limitations runs out. If the one year statute of limitations expires, the judge will have no other choice but to dismiss your case should you attempt to pursue one at a later date.

Meet With a Birth Injury Attorney in Columbus Today

Count on our seasoned, knowledgeable and compassionate Columbus birth injury attorney at Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers to stand up for your child’s legal right to recover damages for their injuries. We are ready to go toe-to-toe with the at-fault party(s) in your child’s case and will leave no stone unturned in our quest to get your child the fair and just settlement or verdict they deserve. Get a free case evaluation by completing our quick contact form or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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