Personal Injury

PERSONAL INJURY AND BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEY IN OHIO

 

For over 30 years The Thompson Law Firm has been representing clients across the country in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving medical malpractice, birth injury, defective drugs, and motor vehicle accidents.

 

  • Personal Injury

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Wrongful Death

  • Motor Vehicle Accident

  • Birth Injury, Obstetrical Negligence, and Cerebral Palsy

  • Nursing Home Abuse

  • Defective Drugs

If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of others, The Thompson Law Firm will work hard to protect your interests against the insurance company working to protect itself. Our firm has successfully represented clients with personal injury claims related to boating accidents, railroad accidents, construction accidents, and brain injury. We represent clients in Columbus, Ohio and throughout the country.

 

TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY

 

  • Brain Injury

  • Boating Accidents

  • Railroad Accidents

  • Construction Accidents

  • Workers' Compensation

  • Benzene

  • Toxic Torts and Lead Poisoning

  • Injury from surgery

  • Surgical instruments left in the body

 

Victims of medical malpractice can contact our Columbus, Ohio medical malpractice attorney for a case review. Skilled lawyer H. Lee Thompson has years of experience litigating medical negligence cases.  Attorney H. Lee Thompson is experienced in various types of birth injury litigation. He has extensive experience assisting Ohio area residents whose loved one has suffered a birth injury such as Cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy. For a qualified lawyer, Attorney H. Lee Thompson can offer legal guidance you can trust.

 

  • Birth Injury and Obstetric Negligence

  • Pregnancy Complication Statistics - American Pregnancy.org

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Erb's Palsy - Brachial Plexus Injuries Late Decelerations and Bradycardia Prematurity

  • Emergency Caesarean section

  • Ruptured Uterus

  • Failure to Progress and Dystocia Emergency Forceps Delivery

  • Emergency Vacuum Extraction Eclampsia

  • Shoulder Dystocia

  • Placental Abruption

  • Placental Insufficiency Postmaturity

  • Amniotic Fluid Emergency

  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism

  • Cord Accident

  • Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome

  • Placenta Previa

 

BIRTH INJURY AND OBSTETRICAL NEGLIGENCE

 

If your child has suffered a birth injury, our firm can help. We will perform a thorough investigation to determine whether or not the injury is a result of medical negligence. While proving medical negligence can be a difficult task, Ohio birth injury lawyer H. Lee Thompson and his team of legal professionals have the necessary resources and experience to obtain the best possible results for your case.

 

Birth injury cases are often complex, as are Ohio state laws. If your child suffers from a condition caused by medical negligence, you need a lawyer on your side. Attorney Thompson is familiar with the law and understands the complexities of various birth injuries and the strain such injuries place on families.

 

It is important to realize, however, that while birth injuries may be attributed to medical negligence, they may also be the result of complications that occur during pregnancy or delivery. For this reason, it is important for a birth injury lawyer to investigate your claim carefully to determine the cause of a birth injury.

 

There are several types of birth injuries, discussed in detail below. Quite possibly the most serious of these injuries are those that affect the brain and result in irreversible brain damage, such as cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy. Both of these injuries are caused at the

time of birth or soon thereafter and usually result from medical negligence.

 

If you have a child in Ohio who has suffered from a birth injury such as Erb's palsy or Cerebral Palsy, you need an attorney like H. Lee Thompson on your side. At The Thompson Law Firm, lawyer H. Lee Thompson has the skills to provide unsurpassed legal representation for your case.

 

Please read the following information to learn more about these specific birth injuries: CEREBRAL PALSY

 

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition caused by damage to the brain during pregnancy, labor, or the period shortly following birth. Cerebral palsy results in movement and posture difficulties. Cerebral Palsy is not a disease that gets worse as time goes on or a sickness that can spread to others. If you live in Ohio and your loved one is a victim of Cerebral Palsy, contact a birth injury lawyer today. An attorney can advise you of your legal options and may be able to help you gain compensation for medical bills and other costs associated with cerebral palsy.

 

When an individual suffers from Cerebral Palsy, they experience an inability to completely control their motor function. The severity of the condition is contingent upon which part of the brain was injured. The following disorders associated with Cerebral Palsy can occur:

 

  • Spasms and seizures

  • Involuntary movement

  • Increased or decreased muscle tone

  • Disturbance in gait and mobility Impairment of sight, hearing, speech, and mental retardation

  • Abnormal sensation and perception

 

THE SYMPTOMS OF CEREBRAL PALSY

 

Signs vary from person to person. Cerebral Palsy symptoms appear early in life. They may not be obvious at first. Eventually, a parent or healthcare provider may notice signs such as:

 

  • Extreme muscle stiffness

  • Very relaxed muscles

  • Difficulty feeding, sucking, or swallowing

  • Difficulty moving arms and legs

  • Delay in reaching milestones such as sitting up or crawling

  • Difficulty speaking

 

Other conditions often appear with cerebral palsy. People with cerebral palsy may also suffer:

 

  • Seizures

  • Communication problems

  • Hearing loss Mental retardation Vision loss

  • Joint problems or "contracture" (shortening of muscles and other tissues)

  • Respiratory problems

  • Dental problems

 

If your child is displaying the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy, contact Ohio birth injury attorney H. Lee Thompson for a review of your Cerebral Palsy case.

 

CAUSES OF CEREBRAL PALSY

 

There are several possible causes for Cerebral Palsy, such as defective development, premature birth, a blood type incompatibility between parents, a viral disease, injury, trauma, or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Most causes of cerebral palsy are related to the childbearing process and, since the condition is not inherited, it is often called congenital Cerebral Palsy. These Cerebral Palsy cases are often complex since it must be proven that medical malpractice was ultimately the cause of the condition. A less common type is acquired cerebral palsy, typically caused by a head injury and usually the result of motor vehicle collisions, falls, or child abuse.

 

Ohio Cerebral Palsy Attorney H. Lee Thompson has been representing clients in birth injury cases for years and understands the complexities of cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases. He and his professional legal team have the resources and skills necessary to gather any information and medical reports that may help prove your case.

 

If your child was unable to get enough oxygen during delivery or soon after birth as a result of medical negligence, contact Ohio birth injury and cerebral palsy lawyer H. Lee Thompson. Representing clients in Erb's palsy and cerebral palsy litigation, Attorney Thompson has extensive experience in birth injury law and will help you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

 

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CEREBRAL PALSY?

 

There are three main types: spastic (characterized by stiff and difficult movement), athetoid (characterized by involuntary and uncontrolled movement), and ataxic (characterized by a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception). A child with spastic Cerebral Palsy cannot relax his or her muscles, and/or the muscles will be stiff. There may be a mixture of these types in an individual. The most common type of cerebral palsy is spastic, although the other types do occur infrequently.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY?

 

It is estimated that some 500,000 to 700,000 children and adults in the United States manifest one or more symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. With the current low birth rate in the United States and a real reduction in the occurrence of congenital cerebral palsy, there are fewer children being born with this condition. Thus, it is roughly estimated that currently about 3,000 infants are born with the condition each year and some 500 pre-school age children acquire Cerebral Palsy annually.

 

Cerebralpalsy.org

 

CAN CEREBRAL PALSY BE PREVENTED?

 

Yes, measures of prevention are becoming increasingly possible today. Pregnant women are tested routinely for the Rh factor, and, if Rh negative, they can be immunized within 72 hours after the pregnancy terminates and prevent adverse consequences of blood incompatibility in a subsequent pregnancy. If the woman has not been immunized, the consequences of blood incompatibility in the newborn can be prevented by exchange transfusion in the baby. If a newborn baby has jaundice, this can be treated effectively by phototherapy in the hospital nursery. The increased use of neonatal intensive care units, particularly for high risk infants, has helped to decrease the occurrence of cerebral palsy. Other preventative programs are directed toward reducing exposure of pregnant women to viral and other infections, unnecessary exposure to X-rays, drugs and medications, and the control of diabetes, anemia and other nutritional deficiencies. Of great importance is optimal well-being prior to conception, adequate prenatal care, and protecting children from accidents or injury.

 

WHO BEARS THE COST?

 

United Cerebral Palsy raises and spends more than $300,000,000 annually in program services, community services, professional education and training, public health education, research, medical education grants, and supporting services. The total estimated annual cost of care for those with cerebral palsy far exceeds that figure through local, state, and federal government expenditures, as well as assistance provided by non­profit organizations under United Cerebral Palsy. By reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy and continuing to mainstream individuals with the disorder into productive jobs that enable them to be independent, we can decrease the amount of funding needed, thereby lessening the impact cerebral palsy has on the U.S. economy.

 

CAN CEREBRAL PALSY BE TREATED?

 

"Management" is a better word than "treatment." Management consists of helping the child achieve maximum potential in growth and development. This should be started as early as possible, with identification of the very young child who may have developmental disorders. A management program can then be started promptly, to include attention to the child's movement, learning, speech, hearing, social, and emotional development. Such programs utilize physicians, therapists, educators, nurses, social workers, and other professionals to assist the family, as well as the child. Certain medications, surgery, and braces are sometimes used to improve nerve and muscle coordination or to prevent and correct deformity.

 

As the child grows, he or she may require support services, such as attendant care, continuing therapy, special education, vocational training, living accommodations, counseling, transportation, recreation/leisure programs, and employment opportunities, all essential to the developing adult. Most of all, people with Cerebral Palsy need the opportunity to live normally in our society.

 

Specialized equipment can help a person with Cerebral Palsy develop to his or her fullest. For example, this "assistive technology" can improve:

 

Communication - a person with Cerebral Palsy may benefit from:

 

•    Picture boards that let the person communicate by pointing at illustrations or symbols

•    Speech synthesizers that change text into an electronic voice

•    Word processors to help. develop writing skills

 

Learning - among the many learning aids available to people with cerebral palsy are:

 

•    Special computers for those who can't use keyboards

•    Tape recorders for note-taking

•    Calculators for developing math skills

 

Mobility - a person with cerebral palsy may need help moving around efficiently, using:

 

The physician who does not obtain informed consent from a patient before performing a medical or surgical procedure may be subject to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Patients who have not been given the information needed to give informed consent to medical or surgical procedures have been determined to be victims of substandard medical care by juries across the country.

 

There are three basic forms of consent to medical treatment:

 

  • Constructive

  • Implied

  • Express

 

You, the patient, have the right to be informed concerning the risks, complications, expected results, and alternatives to a medical therapy or procedure.  Make certain you know all the facts before you sign an informed consent agreement for surgery. You have a right to know!

 

MEDIAL NEGLIGENCE - ERRORS AND CARELESSNESS IN HEALTH CARE

 

The following are examples of cases in which medical malpractice may be found to have occurred.

 

  • Complications of surgery, hospital, or other medical care which were or were not explained in detail before treatment

  • Infections stemming from surgery

  • Drug treatment that caused either shirt- or long-term difficulties

  • Needless surgery, whether or not there are complications or surgical errors paying for services of an established private physician and having the surgery performed by an inexperienced resident or intern

  • Infection caused by contaminated (unsterile) intravenous therapy equipment or urinary catheters

  • Stomach surgery leading to diarrhea, sweating, weight loss, and/or vomiting

  • Gallbladder surgery resulting in yellow jaundice

 

SURGICAL ERRORS

 

Surgical errors can be caused by doctors, nurses, or other hospital staff and result in serious injuries and even death. Victims of surgical errors have a right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party to hold them accountable for damages. Damages in surgical errors cases include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and mental anguish associated with the injury. There are many different types of surgical errors that can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit, including:

 

  • Surgery on the wrong part of the body

  • Wrong surgical procedure

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Psalms 89-24

IDefend the poor and the fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Psalms 82-3

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