Birth Injury Lawyer In Cleveland, OH
As a Cleveland, Ohio birth injury lawyer, I have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving maternal death, fetal demise, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and shoulder dystocia cases arising out of complications of the labor and delivery process. Neurologic damage to newborns, including permanent brain injury, spinal cord injury or brachial plexus injury, are complex and expensive legal matters that require an experienced attorney having in-depth knowledge of the legal and medical issues that are involved in these cases. Birth trauma and resulting neurologic damage requires an understanding of many subspecialties of medicine, including obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and infectious disease. All of these medical subspecialties may be involved in litigation arising out of birth-related injuries.
Similar injuries may arise immediately after birth, including brain injury from meningitis, kernicterus (jaundice), herpes encephalopathy, or physical trauma to the vulnerable newborn due to mishandling by medical or nursing staff. In the end, damage to a newborn’s brain or nervous system is both tragic and catastrophic since the human nervous system is a very unforgiving organ. As a result, these injuries are often permanent and devastating.
Because the consequences of birth-related injuries are often profound and lifelong, hospitals, doctors and insurance companies have banded together to aggressively defend these cases. For example, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) jointly prepared a manual, called the “green book,” that sets forth stringent criteria for determining if a child’s cerebral palsy was caused by negligent care during labor and delivery, like a delayed C-section. The green book criteria are horribly skewed and inconsistent with compelling medical studies. But the green book criteria are routinely used to contest meritorious birth injury lawsuits.
So, you can expect your case to be opposed by a team of defense experts who practice medicine at some of the finest academic medical centers in the United States and who are experienced trial witnesses. Make no mistake: the defense will come prepared with a team of hired guns who will be willing to say anything to prevent you from obtaining fair compensation for your injured child.
To combat this imposing defense, you will need an experienced Cleveland, Ohio birth injury lawyer who knows the legal and medical issues involved in these cases and has the resources to bring a variety of credible medical experts to prove your case. Beyond the liability issues, these cases demand significant resources to prove the full extent of the harms and losses caused by the birth injury. These damages typically require testimony from proven trial experts with experience in life care planning, rehabilitation, and economics.
Cases involving neurologic injury to a newborn or infant do not end with recovery of compensation through settlement or trial. A caring lawyer specializing in this area of law will also provide post-resolution assistance in the form of referrals to qualified case managers, benefit coordinators, and legal and financial planners.
When it comes to your injured child, there is no substitute for experience, hard work, and resources. We are caring, too. As a Cleveland, Ohio birth injury lawyer, I know that a child’s severe brain injury or other significant nerve damage affects the whole family. We are here to help.