A number of causes and types of Birth Injuries can be classified, some of the more common types of cases include:
- Umbilical Cord Compression
- Forceps Delivery
- Brachial Plexus
- Uterine Rupture
- Oxygen Deprivation / Fetal Distress
- Cerebral Palsy
The Chicago Injury Center’s team of birth injury attorneys has been able to successfully secure compensation for many families who have needed to care for children harmed during birth because of the negligent act of a doctor or healthcare professional. If your child has been injured during birth, you may have many questions and concerns about your rights and how to approach your case. We are available to answer any questions you may have and help you take the steps needed to recover any compensation to which you are entitled so that you may ensure your child receives the best care possible for his or her injuries.
Types of Birth Injury Cases
It is possible for numerous things to go wrong during labor and the birthing process, but the majority of the injuries that newborns suffer are easily treated if they are noticed in time. During birth, hospital staff is required to monitor the vital signs of both the mother and the child to detect any signs of distress or complications. Some of the cases we handle include the following circumstances.
- Fetal distress — defined as any condition that threatens the child’s wellbeing, either due to the depletion of oxygen to the brain or an internal injury suffered by the mother during labor. Failure to act quickly during fetal distress has the potential to injure both the mother and child.
- Delayed cesarean section— it is the duty of the doctor to take whatever actions are necessary to protect both the mother and child during delivery. Doctors must make the decision to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner should the mother be experiencing prolonged or difficult labor or if there are signs of fetal distress. The failure to perform an emergency cesarean section when the child or mother is in distress may cause severe injury to the child.
- Delayed diagnoses — most injuries sustained during birth that are not caused by fetal distress are easily treated if they are detected and diagnosed in a timely manner. The failure to notice or treat conditions such as jaundice or caput succedaneum can lead to more serious injuries such as cerebral palsy. Some injuries sustained during birth are preventable as well and may result from the failure of the doctor to notice or diagnose a complication and to react to the issue in a timely fashion.
If your child was injured during birth or shortly after and you feel the injury was the result of medical malpractice or negligence, contact the Chicago Injury Center today to set up a free consultation with a birth injury attorney who can go over the details of your case and answer any questions you have about your legal options, the process and what steps you need to take next. We understand that you have enough to worry about already, so you can rest assured that we will never require payment upfront for our services and only collect if we are able to secure compensation on your behalf.