Peoria, Illinois is 165 miles away from Chicago to the northeast and St. Louis Missouri to the southwest. Considered the All-American city, Peoria resides along the Illinois River. The city’s 130,000 residents commute in and out of town on Interstate 74 and 474.
The city is home of Caterpillar, Inc. worldwide headquarters, a heavy equipment and engine manufacturer with more than 15,000 employees. Other notable employers include Archer Daniels Midland, a producer of ethanol along with sunglass manufacturer Maui Jim and Bergner’s department store.
More than one fourth of the city’s economy involves health and medicine industries including:
- Unity Point Health-Proctor
- Unity Point Health-Methodist
- OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
- University of Illinois College of Medicine (Peoria)
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Advocate Eureka Hospital
- Pekin Hospital
- Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Hopedale Medical Complex
Unfortunately, many Peoria newborns and mothers are the victims of medical malpractice when doctors and nurses are negligent when providing care during any stage of the pregnancy.
Hiring a Birth Injury Attorney
All too often, the negligent actions of a medical professional can cause a birth injury to a newborn or the mother. These damaging injuries can be caused by improper medical care during the prenatal stage or through labor and delivery. The injuries to the child and mother can be temporary or permanent and often cause significant mental and emotional harm to the entire family.
Under the state’s tort law, negligence by medical staff is considered a civil wrong, which often results in a medical malpractice lawsuit or claim. Families can seek compensation for their damages and loss. The financial amount of recompense is usually based on the medical costs to restore the health of the injured victim.
In many incidences, the lawsuit will seek compensatory damages to include all current and future medical bills for procedures, treatments and surgeries. This might include the cost of caregiving if the child suffers a severe form of birth injury, which could involve:
- Brain damage
- Bronchial plexus damage
- Breech birth complication
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Vacuum extraction injuries during delivery
- Shoulder dystocia
- Fetal death during the birthing process
- Birth injuries that could have been avoided had a cesarean section been performed
Unfortunately, one of the highest incident rates of birth injuries involves cerebral palsy. In many incidences, the newborn is deprived of oxygen during delivery causing debilitating devastating injury that could severely impact the newborn throughout their entire life. In many incidences, the child will suffer neurological disorders that could greatly hamper their coordination and function.
Nearly all cases of cerebral palsy involve negligence on behalf of the medical staff. The birth defect can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- A serious infection was not detected or treated by the medical staff during pregnancy
- A fetal heart rate monitor was not used during labor and delivery
- The medical staff failed to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- The medical staff failed to respond or detect fetal distress
- The doctor delayed performing the necessary C-section in a timely manner
- The medical staff failed to provide a standard of care to the newborn or mother after birth
Hiring Legal Representation
Medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries can be complex. The Chicago Injury Center website provides valuable resource information for families seeking recompense for a childbirth injury involving the newborn or mother.
To schedule a no obligation free consultation with a highly experienced medical malpractice lawyer, call the Chicago Injury Center at . Competent Peoria personal injury Lawyers who specialize in birth injury cases can help families financially recover their existing medical bills, future caregiving expenses and additional medical treatments along with pain and suffering.