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Failure to Monitor Amniotic Fluid During Pregnancy

If pregnancy tests, such as an ultrasound, reveal abnormal amniotic fluid levels, and the doctor fails to administer appropriate treatment, he or she may be held liable for medical malpractice if the mother or child suffer a serious and debilitating injury. If you have questions about a potential claim, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.

Negligent Prenatal Care

Amniotic fluid tests can reveal the presence of oligohydramnios (too little amniotic fluid) or polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid). An ultrasound test may be administered to measure the depth of the fluid in the four quadrants of the uterus, which are then added to determine the amniotic fluid index (AFI).

If fluid levels are low and/or if the fluid levels are creating unsafe conditions for the fetus, induction of labor may be recommended. In some cases, treating abnormal amniotic fluid levels that are too low may involve a procedure known as amnioinfusion around delivery time. This involves infusing the uterus with saline solution.

If fluid levels are found to be too high, treatment may entail amniocentesis to remove some of the excess fluid. If a medical condition, such as elevated blood sugar levels, is to blame, then treatment for that may take care of the problem.

Proving Negligent Prenatal Care in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Failure to monitor a pregnant woman for conditions that may adversely affect her baby could be medical negligence. If you have questions about a birth injury, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.

Why Should I Trust Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt to Handle My Claim?

First, our firm doesn’t advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.

Second, Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.

Third, personal injury and medical malpractice claims are time consuming and labor intensive, so we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms:

  • take every case that walks in the door,
  • settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers, so they can fund their next commercial to bring in even more clients, and
  • leave their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, or case managers.

We only pursue compensation for patients who’ve suffered a severe injury or disability. By limiting the number of cases we accept, we’re able to give each claim the attention it deserves.

Last but not least, since 2010, Mellino Robenalt is the only medical malpractice law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.

If you have questions about abnormal amniotic fluid levels, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt invite you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.

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