Was Your Child Injured During Birth?
A lawyer can hold negligent obstetricians accountable
The birth of a child should always be a moment of joy for your family. However, in too many cases, that joy is marred by an injury. While many childbirths lead to minor injuries that resolve themselves without treatment, some injuries at birth lead to more serious medical conditions that require significant treatment for your newborn. And if carelessness or recklessness by a medical professional results in a permanent injury to the baby, your child's life could be changed forever.
When birth injuries are caused by a doctor's or nurse's negligence, the family is entitled to recourse through a medical malpractice claim. These types of cases are about much more than money. Funds from a settlement or verdict can be used to pay for your child's long-term care and any other accommodations needed as a result of the injury. Your case may result in positive changes that ensure other families don't have to go through what your family went through. That's why it's so important to have an experienced birth injury attorney handling your case.
Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP has more than 120 years of combined experienced handling complex injury cases, including birth injuries. If a doctor's negligence led to your child's injury, contact us right away.
We handle complex, long-term injury cases
Again, many injuries sustain during childbirth are minor and resolve without treatment. Some of the more serious injuries we've seen include cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, brain injuries, shoulder dystocia and broken bones.
In order to obtain justice for your family and compensation for your child's injury, we need to prove it was a result of a medical professional's negligence. Some common errors made during childbirth include:
- Improper Use of Forceps: Forceps are medical tools that can be used to help the child through the birth canal. When used properly, forceps are potentially life-saving instruments that can reduce the risk of oxygen deprivation and other serious injuries. However, the doctor using the forceps must be extremely careful to avoid injuring nerves in the child's head, neck or chest.
- Improper Use of Vacuums: Like forceps, vacuums can assist a newborn through the birth canal to prevent injuries arising from physical trauma or oxygen deprivation. However, doctors and nurses must carefully place the vacuum on the newborn to avoid causing serious injuries to the mother and baby.
- Hypoxia: This is a serious medical condition that arises when the child's brain does not receive enough oxygen. Hypoxia can be caused by a tangled umbilical cord or damage to the placenta. The doctor delivering the baby should be trained to detect signs of hypoxia and take steps to eliminate the danger. When doctors fail to properly address hypoxia, the child's brain may suffer permanent damage.
- Issues With Caesarean Sections: While emergency C-sections are relatively rare, they need to be ordered immediately under certain circumstances. For instance, signs of hypoxia, uterine rupture, cord prolapse, slowed labor or a drop in the child's heart rate can indicate a need for emergency C-section. It's the delivery team's job to watch for these warning signs and order surgery immediately if it is needed.
Because childbirth is such a complex and fast-paced event, proving that medical negligence was the cause of your child's injury can be difficult. Our attorneys will carefully review medical records and retain outside experts to find the critical evidence that a doctor's negligence did lead to injury. We have extensive experience negotiating with hospitals and their insurance companies, and we'll work hard to reach a settlement that pays for all of your child's long-term needs.
Under Illinois law, you may have up to eight years to seek damages in a medical malpractice case involving injury to a newborn or child. While this seems like a long time, it's important to take immediate action. We've been serving the Illinois Valley for decades, and we're proud of the big results we've gotten for so many deserving families. From start to finish, we'll give your case the attention it deserves and keep you constantly updated.
We understand just how difficult a birth injury can be, emotionally, physically and financially. Our legal team is here to help. Reach out today for a free consultation. Call (866) 604-9075 .