Ohio Birth Injury Attorneys
Serving Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, and all other Ohio Cities
From our home base in Southeast Michigan, we help families across the United States secure their children’s futures by fighting for hospital accountability. We’ve helped families ensure their children have resources for therapy, medical care, and accessible housing by fighting for their right to keep hospitals and medical practitioners accountable for their negligence. We have an extensive network of experts, researchers, and attorneys all across the United States, ensuring we have access to the latest developments in obstetrics, gynecology, and birth injury law. Ohio birth injury attorney Jesse Reiter is admitted to practice in Ohio and in the Ohio Supreme Court.
If you live in Ohio – or anywhere else in the U.S. – we’d be happy to speak with you about the events that occurred during your prenatal care, labor and delivery to help pinpoint the cause of your child’s disabilities. The consultation is always free and completely confidential and risk-free – your information is safe with us, and you’ll never pay fees out-of-pocket. We only collect a fee if we secure a recovery for you – which means there’s no risk involved in picking up the phone and talking to us. Our attorneys have more than a century of collective experience and the drive to keep hospitals accountable.
Helping Families with Birth Injuries Across Ohio
In 2010, more than 139,000 babies were born in Ohio. The majority of these births went smoothly and resulted in healthy children. Unfortunately, even with cutting edge research universities, hospitals and medical personnel, complications and medical errors occurred and a number of these children were born with birth injuries such as cerebral palsy (CP) and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). 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. That’s where we come in – helping your family secure your child’ care. While we handle all types of birth injuries, we specialize in Ohio cerebral palsy cases & Ohio HIE cases.
Legal Help for Your Child’s Ohio Birth Injuries
We’d be happy to meet with you if your child had a birth injury, wherever you are in Ohio. There are many diagnoses and conditions that could potentially indicate a birth injury or factors that could have contributed to one. The first step to learning why your child has injuries, disabilities, or delays starts with a simple phone call. If you recognize that either you or your child had one of these conditions, it might be worthwhile to talk to an Ohio birth injury lawyer to review your medical records. Of course, the presence of these diagnoses doesn’t always mean medical malpractice occurred, but there’s never harm in taking a second look:
Conditions and Injuries to Look for in Your Baby:
- Baby born blue
- Baby not breathing or crying at birth
- Baby born floppy or limp
- Developmental delays
- Shaking, repetitive twitching, or long periods of blank staring after birth
- Seizures in your baby
- NICU admission
- Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM)
- Premature birth
- Baby born small (IUGR)
- Baby born too big (macrosomia)
- The need for resuscitation or ventilation after birth
- Cerebral palsy
- Neonatal brain damage
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) or cystic PVL
- Hypoxic – ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus injury
- Fetal stroke
- Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds)
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS)
- Neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Postmaturity syndrome
Maternal Medical Conditions to Watch Out For:
- Placental abruption
- Preeclampsia / eclampsia
- Uterine rupture
- Placenta previa
- Vasa previa
- Gestational diabetes
- Group B Strep (GBS)
- Post-term pregnancy
- Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)
- Oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid)
Events During Labor and Delivery To Watch Out For:
- The use of forceps and vacuum extractors
- Using vacuum extractors or forceps multiple times
- Umbilical cord prolapse or compression
- Prolonged and arrested labor
- Breech birth, face presentation or being born ‘sunny-side up’
- Issues with anesthesia or induction drugs
Ohio Hospitals, Medical Centers and NICUs
Not all NICUs are the same. There is a lot of differing terminology surrounding nurseries and neonatal NICUs. Some nurseries are only capable of providing basic care for low-risk babies that had no complications. NICUs (usually called Level III or Level IV NICUs) are designed to help babies in critical condition or with serious medical conditions that require more intensive care. The following are a short sampling of some of the Level III and IV NICUs in the state of Ohio:
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital Main Campus: This facility, located in Columbus, Ohio, has a Level III NICU as well as a Newborn Special Care Unit (NSCU). These facilities focus on managing babies with complex birth defects, severe prematurity and complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery. The Memorial Tournament NICU is a level IV (regional) NICU that can provide continuous life support for the most medically fragile babies.
- University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital: This facility in Cleveland, Ohio has a Level III NICU, called the Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- Doctors Hospital: This facility, also in Columbus Ohio, has a Level III NICU owned and operated by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
- Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: This facility, located in Columbus, Ohio, has a Level III NICU. Babies in need of specialty care are promptly transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This NICU also offers a dedicated zone for babies born between 23 and 27 weeks.
- OhioHealth Grant Medical Center: This facility in Columbus, Ohio, has a Level III NICU owned and operated by Nationwide Children’s Hospital within the Ann Burba Crane Center.
- Hillcrest Hospital: The Level III NICU at Hillcrest in Mayfield Heights, Ohio is a division of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
- Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital and Mount Carmel East and West: This facility, located in Westerville, Ohio, has a Level III NICU owned and operated by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
- Riverside Methodist Hospital: Riverside of Columbus, Ohio, has a Level III NICU owned and operated by the specialists of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
- Dayton Children’s Hospital: This facility in Dayton, Ohio, has a Level III NICU serving 22 counties.
- ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital: ProMedica has a Level III NICU for newborns with intensive health care needs.
- Good Samaritan Hospital: This location in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a Level III NICU.
- UC Health – University Hospital Center for Women and Infants: This facility has a Level II NICU.
- Mercy Health Children’s Hospital: This facility has a Level III NICU in Toledo, Ohio.
- Aultman Health Center: The Aultman Health Center in Canton, Ohio has a birthing center and the only Level III perinatal facility between Canton and Columbus.
- Akron Children’s Hospital: Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio has a Level III NICU. It also owns and operates NICUs at Akron General Medical Center, Summa Akron City Hospital and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital.
- Miami Valley Hospital: This facility, located in Dayton, Ohio, has a Level IIIB NICU that provides comprehensive care for critically ill newborns.
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: This facility, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a Level IV NICU devoted to tending to the smallest and most fragile babies.
- MetroHealth System: MetroHealth has a Level III NICU located in Cleveland, Ohio.
To understand the different capabilities of different maternity units, newborn care nurseries, and NICUs, please see the Ohio Department of Health’s Licensing Guidelines. For a local listing of other birth-related service providers, please see Columbus Parent’s guide to places for giving birth.
Ohio Universities and Research Centers
Several universities and research centers conduct high levels of medical and scientific research within the state of Ohio, including:
- Case Western Reserve University has forged a partnership with UH Cleveland Medical Center to form the UH Clinical Research Center.
- Ohio State University conducts biomedical research on topics ranging from diabetes to heart failure to paralysis. The university releases regular Research in Review documents highlighting their most recent projects.
- University of Cincinnati is a top-40 medical school for research according to U.S. News and World Report.
Ohio Law Schools
There are a total of nine law schools within the state of Ohio, including:
- Capital University Law School (Columbus, OH)
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Cleveland, OH)
- Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland, OH)
- Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law (Ada, OH)
- Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (Columbus, OH)
- University of Akron School of Law (Akron, OH)
- University of Cincinnati College of Law (Cincinnati, OH)
- University of Dayton School of Law (Dayton, OH)
- University of Toledo College of Law (Toledo, OH)
Ohio Military Hospitals
There are several military hospitals in Ohio, including:
- The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Center (Cleveland, OH)
- Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Clinic (Columbus, Ohio)
- Chillicothe VA Medical Center (Chillicothe, Ohio)
- Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Dayton VA Medical Center (Dayton, Ohio)
The VA Health System is administered by the VA Healthcare System of Ohio, VISN 10.
Ohio Birth Injuries and Medical Negligence
Over the course of our many years of experience, we’ve seen some common patterns emerge in our cases. In many cases, a failure to appropriately recognize, diagnose, or treat an underlying risk factor or a failure to take appropriate action ended up causing an injury – an injury that would have been avoided if doctors provide care according to the ‘standard of care’ – guidelines for providing care is specific situations.
Examples of these scenarios include:
- Vaginal delivery – instead of a C-section – attempted when the baby is in breech position, and head trauma, brain bleeds, or Erb’s palsy result.
- Forceps or vacuum extractors are improperly used during delivery and cause the baby to have head trauma, brain bleeds and paralysis.
- Anesthesia mistakes, which can cause blood pressure problems in the mother, including a hypotensive crisis. This can greatly decrease the supply of oxygen-rich blood going to the baby.
- 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.
- Umbilical cord problems, such as a nuchal cord (cord wrapped around baby’s neck), short umbilical cord and cord in a true knot
- The umbilical cord is prolapsed or compressed, causing reduced oxygen and blood flow to the baby.
- Uterine rupture (the wall of the uterus tears open) or placental abruption.
- 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).
Nationally Recognized Ohio Birth Injury Attorneys
The award-winning Ohio birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have helped children across the country affected by hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. Our attorneys have been focusing solely on birth injury cases, specifically HIE and cerebral palsy cases, for their entire careers. 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 ABC Law Centers today at (888) 812-6009. Contact the law offices of Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, whether you are in Akron, Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Parma, Sandusky, Toledo, Youngstown, or any other Ohio city – we travel to you and will help you determine the right course of action for your child.
Our Experience and Recognition in Birth Injury Litigation
The Ohio birth injury lawyers at our law firm focus solely on birth injury cases, which means that we have a thorough knowledge of the complex medical content associated with birth injury cases, plus top-notch, award-winning medical, economic and forensics experts at our side.
Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers is one of the few law firms in the U.S. that focuses only on birth injury. Our thorough knowledge of birth injury allows us to focus 100% on the details of these complex medical cases. Unlike other personal injury firms, which may split their focus to handle car accidents, drug interactions, and medical device malfunctions, as well as birth injury, Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers focuses on birth injury and birth injury only.
Contact us 24/7 to have a free, no-obligation case evaluation, and to speak to an attorney about your options for pursuing a case. Our award-winning attorneys have been listed as SuperLawyers, as well as in U.S. News and World Report’s “Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers” for many years. The firm has also been listed among U.S. News and World Report’s “Top 100 Law Firms,” among other accolades. Feel free to reach out to us with any birth injury litigation-related questions you may have, and we would be happy to explain your legal options.
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