An Ohio medical malpractice lawyer can help evaluate signs of birth mistakes for parents who suspect medical malpractice in Ohio. While many birth injuries are the result of the natural birthing process, certain signs may indicate that a medical professional may have acted negligently to cause the injury or medical condition.
Possible Signs of Birth Mistakes
Some of the possible signs that may point to labor and delivery errors include:
- Failing to plan for a larger baby – Doctors can perform ultrasounds prior to the due date to estimate the size of a baby. If the doctor feels the baby might be born larger than average, he or she may discuss a Cesarean section with the mother, or take other precautions to account for possible complications.
- Failing to monitor – When a woman is in labor, she is hooked up to monitors that display the baby’s heartbeat rate and oxygen level. If these levels happen to fall suddenly, the baby may be in distress and the doctor must act urgently. If the doctor does not monitor the fetus – or doesn’t respond to possible distress right away – it may be considered medical malpractice in Ohio.
- Delaying a Cesarean section – Similarly, when the labor fails to progress, the baby may become distressed. When this occurs, every moment counts. Not addressing fetal distress (which may require performing a C-section right away) could put the baby’s life at risk.
- Misuse of birthing instruments – Forceps and vacuum extraction must be used properly. Too much force could cause injury to the cranial nerves that affect facial muscles.
- Using Pitocin inappropriately -This drug helps speed up or induce labor. Using it in large amounts, at the wrong time, or for a mother who is allergic to it or should otherwise not be given this drug could cause serious injury and may be considered malpractice.
Contacting an Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Victims of medical malpractice in Ohio can discuss their cases with lawyers for help pursuing claims for damages. Contact Mellino Robenalt LLC at (440) 333-3800 to set up a consultation with an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer to review circumstances of birth mistakes and injuries and for help collecting evidence and securing medical expert testimony.