The birth of your child is one of the most important events in your life. It is a time of joy and excitement. However, every year many Chicago newborns come into this world with birth defects and birth injuries. Some of these birth injuries, unfortunately, are the result of the negligence of a doctor, or a hospital and its staff.
If you decide to pursue legal action against those you deem responsible for the cause of your child’s birth injury or birth defects, the experienced birth injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. may be able to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your family.
Contact Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer. The medical personnel that are responsible for ensuring that your baby is born safely are expected to provide a standard of care called for by their profession. However, when a doctor or other health care provider deviates from this reasonable standard of care and causes an injury to the baby, they can be held liable for their professional negligence.
Common mistakes that can cause a birth injury
Some studies have shown that nearly half of all birth injuries are preventable with the timely diagnosis of medical issues for a mother or fetus. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always occur and it can lead to catastrophic injury.
For example, prior to delivery, a doctor performs an ultrasound of a baby which shows that the baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped around its neck. This cuts off the flow of oxygen to the baby’s brain. Further, the doctor fails to take any immediate action to unwrap the cord. If the baby suffers brain damage or even death, the doctor can be held responsible for these injuries caused by the umbilical cord.
Some other mistakes that can lead to a birth injury are as follows:
- Failure to diagnose an infection
- Failure to properly use tools during delivery, such as a forceps or a vacuum
- Not using standard procedures during childbirth
- Not proceeding with a cesarean section when necessary, where a vaginal delivery would put an infant or mother at risk
- A misdiagnosis of an issue that arises
- Failing to perform a C-section properly
- Not using proper medications
- Failing to manage shoulder dystocia
Types of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are devastating to a family. Most injuries involving the brain are irreversible. A few examples of these injuries are:
- Cerebral palsy
- Learning disorders
- Speech disorders
- Fractured bones
- Brain hypoxia
- Erb’s palsy
- Spinal injuries
Further, while a child will have to live with the consequences of a negligently inflicted birth injury, a family will have to learn to adjust to the needs of the child. Sometimes the life-long care required by an injured newborn is incredibly expensive. A medical malpractice lawsuit can help relieve those financial strains over time.
Elements To Prevail In A Birth Injury Case
To win a birth injury case, the plaintiff has the burden of proving that:
- A duty of care existed from to a doctor patient relationship
- A doctor, hospital, or other medical provider breached that duty by failing to adhere to the standard of care
- A birth injury is sustained by the child
- Said birth injury occured to the medical provider deviating from the established standard of medical care
Lawyers Ready To Fight For Your Child’s Rights
Abels & Annes, P.C. is committed to the legal rights of your injured child; we will fight for your child’s proper treatment and the compensation you deserve. We will work to hold the responsible doctors and hospital accountable for their negligent actions.
Our office knows how frustrating and confusing the claims process can be. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers are experienced in handling medical malpractice cases and have helped a number of negligence victims over the years.
Do you believe your child’s birth injuries are the result of negligent conduct by a doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider in the Chicago area? If you do, request a Free Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a lawyer now.