Our Birth Injury Practice
Most babies are delivered without complication. But when problems do arise during pregnancy or delivery, they can result in serious injury to the child. In cases where such harm was avoidable, it is important that the legal rights of both baby and parent are protected.
The attorneys of Mishkind Kulwicki Law Co., L.P.A., in Cleveland, have won millions of dollars in financial compensation for clients in birth injury litigation. We represent families of children who were seriously injured or died during pregnancy, labor or delivery because of the negligence of health care providers. We also represent pregnant women who suffered a birth injury or their survivors.
To arrange a free initial consultation, contact our Cleveland birth injury attorney by e-mail or call toll free 866-558-0231.
Our Birth Injury Attorneys
Our birth injury practice includes cases involving:
- Shoulder dystocia: If the baby’s shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pelvic bones during delivery, mistakes by medical professionals can cause permanent disability to the child.
- Cerebral palsy: Lack of oxygen to the brain during birth can cause this permanent disability that affects movement and coordination and can result in catastrophic brain injuries. Cerebral palsy can deprive a beautiful baby of the ability to ever function normally or to be able to care for themselves.
- Failure to perform a timely cesarean section: When doctors fail to recognize and respond to fetal distress or other life-threatening problems, they put the life of the mother and child at risk.
- Pregnancy-related negligence: Including failure to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes, improper management of high-risk pregnancies, failure to accurately estimate the size of the fetus and more
Parents of children with a birth injury often mistakenly believe that their child’s disability was simply not preventable. We know that negligent actions can cause a wide range of birth injuries, including brachial plexus injuries, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, Klumpke palsy, infection and traumatic brain injury (TBI) or another brain damage. The Ohio Birth Injury attorneys of Mishkind Kulwicki Law Firm know how the various stages of labor are suppose to progress and what the warning signs are that labor nurses and obstetricians are trained to respond to. We have the resources to hire experts to counter the defenses and excuses that may be offered when a birth of a baby results in catastrophic life altering injuries. Don’t trust your baby’s health and well-being to anyone. Call upon the vast experience that the medical-legal team of Mishkind Kulwicki Law Firm to help you determine if your baby’s injuries were preventable and avoidable. Trust us to be there for you and your baby and to make sure that he or she is protected if an injury to your baby was due to a medical error.
Tips to Help You Choose the Right Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer
Birth injury cases can be rife with challenges. In general, you want to choose a very experienced birth injury lawyer. In doing so, you can ensure a full investigation into what happened is properly carried out. Although there is no guarantee of any specific result, the right lawyer on your side can advocate for you and your child in the best way possible. At Mishkind Kulwicki Law Firm, we understand this is a delicate situation that involves the life of a child. Rest assured, we will be compassionate and supportive to your family, while at the same time remain aggressive and tenacious towards the other side.
After learning about your child’s birth injury, you may know that calling leading Cleveland birth injury lawyers is the next step. However, finding the right one can be difficult. There are many different law firms in the area, and not all will be suited to your needs. To help you find the right lawyer, consider these tips.
What Questions Should I Ask A Birth Injury Lawyer
When you call a birth injury lawyer from Mishkind Kulwicki Law Firm, you can expect to be asked about the incident, when it happened, and the circumstances that may have led up to it. Once our firm has an understanding of the injury, we will encourage you to go over any of your own questions or concerns. Some example questions that you may want to consider include:
What area of focus does your firm specialize in?
This is an important question to consider. When you have a toothache, you don’t go to a doctor’s office. Rather, you go to a dentist. Likewise, if you have a legal family matter, you would not go to an immigration lawyer. The first step towards finding the right birth injury lawyer, is to choose a firm or attorney that focuses on both personal injury and birth injury law. You should ask any prospective lawyer about their experience and whether they have handled cases similar to yours.
Do you work alongside medical professionals?
This is another important consideration. A good lawyer will know that turning to medical experts for their opinion can be essential to a case. These experts can advise on things like the labor and delivery process, what tools were used, or not used, medications given to the mother or child, and whether or not medical malpractice has occurred. Your lawyer should also have knowledge of medical procedures and terms. In the event that they do not have connections to any medical professionals, it may be a good idea to continue searching for the right law firm.
What do you know about birth injuries?
You will want to know how familiar your lawyer is with different birth injuries. For example, a lawyer might know about shoulder dystocia, but are not aware of the different mistakes that can cause it. Do they know what signs or symptoms present themselves before a diagnosis? Or, do they understand the potential treatment outcomes. These are some of the things that should be considered and discussed.
Keep in mind that if a lawyer promises or guarantees you anything, even if they are familiar with birth injury cases, you may want to reconsider your options. It is not possible to guarantee anything until your case has been fully explored and analyzed.
For Answers, Contact Our Cleveland Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers
If you suspect that your child was injured during birth, please contact us by e-mail or call toll free 866-558-0231 to arrange a free initial consultation. From offices in Cleveland, our Ohio birth injuries lawyers represent clients throughout Ohio.