Avoidable Birth Injuries
The birth of a baby is exciting. If something happens to that child during birth, it may be devastating.
One of the most important events in many people’s lives is the birth of a child. If the child sustains injuries at birth because of negligence on the part of the doctors, this may cause severe harm to the child or the child may die. “Neither of these outcomes is acceptable. However, things happen. If they have happened to you, now is the time to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer,” remarked Christopher Mellino, of the Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Unfortunately, birth injuries are far more common than we would like to think. They are usually caused due to a variety of things such as difficult labor, or problems with the birth itself, baby’s height or weight putting them at a higher risk for injuries, a small pelvic arch, and how the baby is positioned. For example, if the baby is not head down in the birth canal, this is called a breech birth.
“Given the number of things that can go wrong during a birth, one of the most important things the doctor needs to take into consideration is when and how to perform the delivery,” noted Mellino. “For instance, if the doctor tries a vaginal delivery for a breech baby, there is likely going to be problems,” he added. Usually if the baby is breech, this is when a C-section is needed – and fast. If the baby suffers harm because of a mismanaged delivery, the mother may be entitled to compensation.
Other injuries that may happen during birth may include broken bones, cephalohematoma, subconjunctival hemorrhage, skull fractures, lacerations and brain injuries. The skull fracture usually results from a forceps extraction that didn’t go as planned. “There are many things that may go wrong during birth and if something does, the parents are in total anguish. They honestly need to talk to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to find out what they can do,” Mellino pointed out.
Many of the injuries that happen at childbirth may not only affect the child and their family at birth, but for the rest of their lives. “If your child has been severely injured and those injuries will affect them for the rest of their lives, give me a call,” suggested Mellino.
If you have questions about your child’s birth injury, lawyer Chris Mellino welcomes 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.