In today’s world, the very idea of a birth injury is shocking.
With all of modern medicine’s advances in pregnancy care and childbirth, one might expect the rate of birth injury in Illinois to be next to nothing. Indeed, it should be. But it’s not.
In fact, birth injuries are surprisingly common all across the United States, including right here in Chicago. Many are very serious in nature and some even result in the heartbreaking loss of the mother or the child.
Gone are the days when childbirth was an inherently life-threatening process and every mother feared for her survival. Today’s advances in medical science have all but eliminated those threats. So why do birth injuries persist?
Sadly, most of today’s birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice. Doctors and nurses are crucial to society, but while most of them are very good people who try very hard to take great care of their patients, they do make mistakes.
Some birth injuries happen because doctors don’t spot warning signs during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. In other cases, doctors simply don’t have enough experience to handle a crisis when it arises.
Whatever the cause, birth injuries are heartbreaking, and victims deserve compensation. We all depend on the expertise of healthcare professionals, and we need them to exercise due care when bringing new life into this world.
After all, it isn’t your job to understand medical warning signs, make a diagnosis, write a prescription, or perform a life-saving procedure. Those are the healthcare professionals’ responsibilities, and if they breach their standards of care, they can be held liable for the damages.
The birth injury attorneys at Malman Law have helped countless families in the face of trauma during the last twenty years. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
These are some of the most challenging and emotionally demanding cases we handle. We understand, though, that the victims of birth injury have a long and difficult road before them, and it is our mission to get them as much financial relief as possible for the journey ahead.
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Answers to some of the most common Birth Injury questions we’re asked.
A nerve injury that impairs movement and sensation in the arm, Erb’s palsy is often caused by shoulder dystocia. It is the most common type of brachial plexus injury, meaning it involves the brachial plexus nerves in the neck and shoulder.
In most cases, a baby’s head should be delivered first. Feet-first deliveries constitute a “breech birth” and cause a wide range of medical problems.
Characterized by high blood pressure and bodily distress in the mother, preeclampsia threatens the life of both mother and child. Unchecked, it can lead to birth injuries, full-blown eclampsia, or even death.
Labor and delivery are sensitive, vulnerable procedures. Almost any error can threaten the baby’s oxygen supply. Even momentary oxygen deprivation can cause permanent brain damage or death. One common result is a dangerous brain condition called Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL).
Doctors sometimes use forceps to aid in delivery, but extreme diligence and caution are required. The slightest error can cause catastrophic injury to the baby. The same is true for vacuum extractor injuries.
Cesarean sections are dangerous procedures requiring a doctor’s expert skill and care. Any error could cause serious damage and may constitute medical malpractice.
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