No parent ever anticipates the possibility of a birth injury due to medical negligence and the effects of such injuries can forever change the quality of the child’s life. A birth injury is defined as any injury that is sustained during pregnancy or delivery and when doctors fail to recognize or properly react to complications during a pregnancy or delivery, a case can be made for medical malpractice. The Chicago Injury Center is the leading law firm in Illinois in representing the families of children harmed during birth due to negligence.
Injuries to Babies Caused During the Labor and Delivery Process
The act of childbirth can place a great amount of stress on the bodies of both the parent and child, paving the path for an accident in the event of medical error or miscalculation. The most common injuries caused by malpractice include the following.
- Fractures during or after delivery
- Injuries to the spine or neck
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain damage due to oxygen deprivation during the delivery process
Many of these injuries can be prevented with the proper monitoring of conditions such as preeclampsia or fetal distress and the child’s bilirubin levels. Failure to order a cesarean section when complications pose a risk to the child may also cause or increase the severity of injury. The first task of a birth injury lawyer is to assess the details of the birth and to determine if the actions of the attending physicians met the standard of care. When a doctor’s deviation from the standard of care is the cause of life changing injuries, a case can be made for negligence.
Relying on Expert Testimony to Establish Liability & Damages in Chicago Birth Injury Lawsuits
The Chicago Injury Center’s lawyers have access to medical experts who can not only identify the exact cause of a birth injury, but provide expert testimony to support our cases. Access to expert witnesses is invaluable in medical malpractice cases, where it can be difficult to prove that the attending physician failed to act as any other physician would have under the same circumstances. Establishing this deviation from the standard of care gives your attorney the legal framework required to win or settle your case.
Get Help From Birth Injury Lawyers Who Have Handled Illinois Medical Negligence Cases Like Yours
Understandably, in the wake of a traumatic labor and delivery where you suspect that your child has sustained an injury, you may experience many feelings– of concern, frustration and anger. Don’t add to the pressures put upon yourself and your family by hiring an attorney you do not have confidence in. After you have hired an attorney at Chicago Injury Center, you can take comfort in the fact that our attorneys have litigated serious birth injury lawsuits in Cook County and other counties in Northern Illinois with record setting results. Our experience with this cases allows us to uniquely evaluate each case with an eye towards how we can most advantageously position the case towards a successful outcome for you and your child.
The birth injury attorneys at the Chicago Injury Center will work tirelessly to defend your legal rights and earn compensation on your behalf to cover the cost of your child’s care as well as his or her pain and suffering. If your child suffered injuries during birth and is living with a diminished quality of life as a result, contact us today for a free consultation. Our offices are located throughout Illinois and if you are unable to come to us, we can travel to you. As we believe you have enough to worry about already, you can rest assured that we will never expect payment upfront and if we are unable to win or settle your case, our services are free of charge. Simply complete the contact form to the right, or call now 312-818-4450 for a free case evaluation.