Birth Trauma Injuries Medical Negligence -- Columbus, OH

Complications Before During or After Birth


Birth injuries occur in 27 out of every 1,000 births. A birth injury is defined legally as any serious injury that a child suffers just before, during, or shortly after birth. When a baby is born with an injury, the family may be faced with a future that will involve complicated and prolonged care for that child. Many of these injuries are the result of negligent acts by medical professionals. In such cases, the parents are often unaware and uneducated about the cause of their child's condition.


In some cases, a birth injury could go undetected for months or even years. It may be due to one or more medical mistakes made during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Often, parents are left with the incorrect impression that their child simply has a birth defect and that it could not have been prevented. While this is sometimes true, it often times is not.


Different types of birth trauma injuries include, but are not limited to:


  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb's palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Group B strep infections
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Klumpke's palsy
  • Horner's syndrome
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Paralysis
  • Fractures
  • Cephalohematoma (which can lead to jaundice)
  • Meningitis
  • Cranial nerve trauma


Some of the typical causes of birth trauma include, but are not limited to:


  • Failure to respond to or recognize bleeding (abrupted placenta or fetal bleeding), causing or failing to respond to umbilical cord entrapment or compression from a prolapsed cord.
  • Failing to respond to fetal distress, a delay in ordering or performing a C-section, misuse of a vacuum extractor or of forceps, the misuse of pitocin, a labor stimulating drug, the poor resuscitation and newborn care following the birth
  • Failure to prevent, recognize, or treat infection
  • Failure to diagnose or treat jaundice
  • Failure to diagnose or treat meningitis


Some of the possible neurological signs of birth injury are if the baby seems floppy, depressed, or is pale or blue after birth, seizures and other neurological problems within the first days of life, and possible permanent damage which can often include cerebral palsy, cortical blindness and mental retardation or learning deficits.


Birth trauma injuries are devastating to families. With 29 years of experience, Robert D. Erney will handle your case with integrity, honesty and compassion. For more information regarding birth trauma and medical negligence, contact Robert D. Erney and Associates today.