Birth Injuries

Injuries to baby and mother during labor and delivery can occur quickly, making it essential for the attending physician or nurse to be attentive and proactive. These medical providers must listen carefully and respond quickly. When they do not follow the accepted standard of care and cause injury as a result, patients and their families may be eligible to seek compensation. An experienced birth injury lawyer can advise you about your options and help you address the challenging situation you face.

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Serving Richland County and All of North Central Ohio

At our North Central Ohio law firm, The Heck Law Offices, Ltd., we advocate for clients whose baby was injured during birth because of negligent care. We know that having a new baby is stressful enough. Our attorney and paralegals help parents facing this situation, advocating for compensation and damages that can relieve parents of financial worry as they plan how to care for their child.

"As a parent, I have special empathy for the firm's clients who face the challenges of having a special needs child as a result of medical negligence. I work hard to help them get through this difficult time in their lives." - Attorney Jeff Heck, "Mansfield's Injury Lawyer"

Examples and Causes of Birth Injuries

We represent families whose babies were injured at birth and suffered conditions such as:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb's palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia and other shoulder injuries
  • Brain injury
  • Paralysis and other birth defects

Birth injuries such as these are often the consequence of negligence such as failure to monitor, failure to perform a timely cesarean section, overuse or improper use of vacuum extractors or forceps, failure to obtain full information about the mother's medical issues, pre-eclampsia and diabetes are common problems, and failure to attempt preventive procedures such as manual inversion of breech babies before labor. We consult OB-GYN specialists to learn about the standard of care in difficult births to understand what could have been done to prevent injury to the baby.

Maternal Injuries and Wrongful Death

We also handle cases of injuries to mothers during birth, including excessive blood loss, placental abruption, scarring, post-delivery infection, vaginal tears and negative anesthesia reactions. When the baby or mother has died as a result of negligence, we file wrongful death claims on behalf of eligible family members. Clients report that they receive compassionate personal attention and helpful advice about coping when facing terrible situations.

Contact a Mansfield Birth Injury Lawyer

We work on a contingent fee basis in medical malpractice cases, so you don't pay us any attorneys' fees until we receive a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us or call 866-640-7560. Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we make evening and weekend appointments as necessary. Attorney Jeff Heck is also happy to make home and hospital visits as needed for those clients who are unable to come to us.