Birth Injuries Explained by Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth injuries are injuries sustained by a child during or after delivery. These sorts of injuries can be minor, or have devastating outcomes. Severe and permanent medical conditions like brain damage can result if complications arise or the delivery is not handled appropriately by a medical professional.
Birth injuries typically affect the infant more often than the mother, but sometimes both individuals are harmed. Sadly, most of these injuries could have been avoided if the doctor had been more attentive or taken the issues that arose more seriously.
Birth Injury Examples by Chicago Attorneys
Some birth injuries occur simply because labor itself is a traumatic and extended process. When a mother is pushing her baby through the birth canal, tissues tear and expand, and the baby is literally being moved along by very strong contracting muscles. Sometimes a child can suffer slight bruising just from the natural process of birth alone.
However, the most severe birth injuries, those with life altering effects, usually are the results of medical mistakes and negligence. These situations include brain damage, nerve damage, vision loss, lacerations and other disabling conditions.
One unfortunately common birth injury is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This is when oxygen is unable to reach the baby’s brain, thereby causing damage that may never heal. HIE is a common factor in cerebral palsy lawsuits, and may be the result of several other medical conditions a doctor or medical team must identify in order to prevent injury. Some problems that can lead to HIE include placental abruption, placenta previa, impaired blood flow, fetal stroke, trauma (sometimes caused by medical equipment such as forceps), or inadequate oxygen in the blood.
Medical equipment like forceps or vacuum extractors might also cause physical injury during labor. This kind of birth assistance equipment can speed along a lengthy delivery or help a child who must exit the birth canal immediately in order to remain healthy, but they can also be the cause of brain hemorrhages, bruising, and even permanent brain damage when used incorrectly.
There are many other factors which can lead to birth injuries, including but not limited to: Misdiagnosis of medical problems (e.g. maternal infections, preeclampsia), delay in diagnosis, improper medication use or administration, delay or failure to order a necessary C-section, and poor monitoring of fetal vital signs.
SHEA LAW GROUP – Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys Can Help
Birth injuries are sadly common, and can be catastrophic, creating permanent and life altering damage. The expenses and personal suffering that come with them are more than any person can deal with alone. This is why Shea Law Group is here to help.
When facing a birth injury lawsuit you need experienced lawyers who know how to handle hospitals and insurance companies, and have access to reliable medical experts. At Shea Law Group, we provide dependable representation, and never charge a fee unless we win your case. Contact us today if you believe your child or a loved one has suffered from a birth injury caused by a doctor or hospital staff’s mistake or negligence. Receive a free initial consultation when you call 1(888) 979-9320.