Every parent-to-be dreams of having a healthy child with a life of opportunity in front of them. However, those dreams can be threatened if you learn that your child sustained a severe birth injury that will require costly treatment or will result in impairments or disabilities. In some cases, birth injuries may be unavoidable. However, in many situations, a birth injury occurs because a medical professional was negligent1 in some way.
When medical negligence causes your child’s birth injury, you have the legal right to file a claim for medical malpractice and seek compensation from the responsible doctor. Therefore, it is important to identify negligence involved in your child’s injury, which may include the following acts or omissions on the part of your doctor.
Inadequate prenatal care – During pregnancy, your doctor has the duty to perform all the necessary tests to identify possible complications or risk factors. If a doctor provides inadequate care, birth injuries can result from infection or medical conditions of the mother, birth defects2, failure to plan for a high-risk delivery and more.
Inadequate monitoring during labor – While a mother is in labor, the medical team at the hospital should be monitoring the vital signs of her and her child and should respond immediately is there are signs of distress. If they fail to properly monitor vitals or fail to appropriately respond to a potential emergency, the baby can be disabled due to a lack of oxygen or other complications.
Mistakes during delivery – In some deliveries, a doctor may have to pull on a baby or use birthing tools such as a vacuum or forceps in order to help the birth. If a doctor pulls or twists too forcefully or misuses tools, the baby can be seriously injured.
Failure to order a C-section – If a doctor foresees complications, if a mother or child are experiencing distress during delivery, or if a delivery is not going as planned, a doctor may need to order an emergency C-section. Failure to do so can be negligent and can result in permanent injuries or even death.
Discuss the Circumstances Surrounding Your Child’s Injury with Our Skilled Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers
If your child suffered a preventable birth injury, you have the right to recover for your medical bills, their pain, and suffering, long-term disabilities, among other losses. Call the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. at 312-924-7575 for a free consultation today.