Award-Winning Ohio Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy Lawyers | Akron, Canton, Youngstown Birth Injury Attorneys
The Northeastern Ohio cities of Akron, Canton and Youngstown are college and research towns. Akron’s 1,240 acre Biomedical Corridor is home to several health related companies, and is bordered by hospitals that have been recognized multiple times as being the best in America by U.S. News and World Report. Akron’s hospitals include Akron General, Akron City, St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Health System and Akron Children’s, which specializes in pediatric and burn care. Canton, near Kent State University, houses a branch of the university. Kent State is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the U.S., and one of the top 200 universities in the world. Youngstown is a city rich in educational heritage. It continues this tradition with Youngstown State remaining a top engineering school with many graduates becoming world-renown professors and founders of Fortune 100 companies.
In 2010, Ohio women gave birth to more than 139,000 babies. The majority of these births were uneventful and resulted in healthy children. Unfortunately, even with cutting edge research universities, hospitals and physicians like in Akron, Canton, and Youngstown, complications and medical errors occurred and many children were born with birth injuries such as cerebral palsy (CP). Complications that arise during the delivery of a baby can be frightening. Mothers trust their obstetricians, nurses and other healthcare providers to identify these complications and treat them quickly to ensure the safety of both the mother and baby. Sometimes, however, mistakes can happen and the baby gets injured.
Birth injuries can be identified at birth or sometimes may take months or years to be diagnosed. They range from mild to severe and can be temporary, requiring little or no intervention, or permanent, requiring lifelong care. The most commonly known birth injury is cerebral palsy but there are many other types including Erb’s palsy, periventricular leukomlacia (PVL), hydrocephalus, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cognitive and mental disabilities, seizure disorders and learning disabilities.
Nationally Recognized Akron, Canton, Youngstown Birth Injury Attorneys Helping Children Affected by Cerebral Palsy & other Birth Injuries
The award-winning Ohio birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have helped hundreds of children affected by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy. Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases for over 28 years, and most of his cases involve hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the nation.
If your child experienced a birth injury and now has seizures, HIE, brain damage, cerebral palsy or any other long-term condition, contact Reiter & Walsh today at 888-419-2229. Our Akron, Canton, Youngstown birth injury attorneys are available 24/7 to speak with you.
Akron, Canton, Youngstown Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Causes of Birth Injuries
Obstetricians, nurses and other medical professionals must provide medical assistance that is within the standards of medical care. This means they must give their patients the best possible care regardless of whether it is routine care during pregnancy or when there are complications during labor and delivery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, mistakes and errors in judgment can happen and birth injuries result. These mistakes – and resulting injuries – are considered medical malpractice. Examples of these types of situations include:
- Normal delivery – instead of a C-section – is attempted when the baby is in breech position, and head trauma, brain bleeds, or Erb’s palsy result.
- Mistakes are made with forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery and cause the baby to have head trauma, brain bleeds and paralysis.
- An obstetrician fails to order or perform an emergency C-section quickly enough. Some conditions that may require an emergency C-section include:
- A baby’s heart rate is not properly monitored during labor and delivery and signs of diminished oxygen to the baby are missed, resulting in birth asphyxia (HIE) and brain damage.
- Infection in the mother is not diagnosed and treated and the baby gets a brain infection such as meningitis.
- Nuchal cord (baby’s umbilical cord is wrapped around her neck)
- The umbilical cord is prolaped or compressed, causing reduced oxygen and blood flow to the baby
- Uterine rupture (the wall of the uterus tears open)
- Placenta previa (placenta grows near the opening of the uterus and partially or completely blocks the cervix) or placental abruption (the placenta separates prematurely from the inner wall of the uterus)
Award-Winning Akron, Canton, Youngstown Birth Injury Attorneys Helping Children for Almost 3 Decades
The nationally recognized Ohio birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have been helping children with birth injuries throughout the nation for almost 3 decades. Jesse Reiter, the firm’s co-founder, has been focusing on birth injury cases his entire 28+ year career. Jesse helps children all over the country, and when he takes a case, he spends a lot of time getting to know the child and family he is helping so that he can fully understand the child’s needs. Jesse has won many awards for his advocacy of children, and he is currently recognized as being one of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2014, as well as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Michigan by Super Lawyers magazine.
Jesse and his team are passionate about helping children obtain all the support, therapy and treatment they need so they have a good quality of life and a secure future. The team of Akron, Canton, Youngstown birth injury attorneys will carefully review all medical records to determine if negligence occurred. Once they see medical malpractice, they aggressively fight to obtain compensation for lifelong care and support of the child, which typically includes treatment, medical devices, housing and education.
Birth injury law is a difficult area of law to pursue due to the complex nature of the medical records. The Ohio birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have decades of experience with cerebral palsy cases and have won numerous awards. The Akron, Canton, Youngstown birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh handle cases in Michigan, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation. We have numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success and no fees are ever collected until we win your case. Email or call our Akron, Canton, Youngstown birth injury attorneys today: 888-419-2229.
Video: Akron, Canton, Youngstown Birth Injury Attorneys Talk About Birth Asphyxia & HIE
Watch a video of our Akron, Canton, Youngstown birth injury attorneys discussing birth asphyxia and HIE, and how these conditions can cause long-term problems such as cerebral palsy.