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About 7 in every 1,000 children in the United States experience a birth injury during the birthing process. Birth injuries can be caused by many different factors, most often occurring while the baby is passing through the birth canal.

Some of the most common examples of birth injuries include oxygen deprivation, excess pressure on the head, and contracting an infection.

Our team of experienced birth injury attorneys in Chicago understands the difficult time your family will go through after a birth injury. Don’t fight this alone, let our law firm handle your case. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Types of Birth Injury

There are many different types of injuries that happen at birth, but some of the most common include:

  • Brachial plexus palsy: this refers to a group of injured nerves that help control the movement of the arms and hands. Typically, this injury occurs after a vaginal delivery with shoulder dystocia.
  • Caput succedaneum: the swelling of the soft tissues in the newborn’s scalp. This injury is often associated with babies who are delivered through a vacuum extraction. This injury will typically resolve itself without serious complications.
  • Cephalohematoma: bleeding that occurs beneath the baby’s cranial bone. While these bleeds do typically subside after a few months, serious cases may lead to jaundice or other serious birth defects and injuries.
  • Clavicle/Collarbone fractures: fractures in these areas are most common in breech births and with babies delivered with shoulder dystocia.
  • Facial or nerve paralysis: while this could be the result of temporary nerve bruising, it may also be due to a nerve tear, requiring surgery.
  • Head trauma or brain injuries: occurring due to the result of the baby’s passing through the birth canal or from forceful contractions. Forceps and vacuum extractors may also cause this type of injury.

Causes of Birth Injuries

There are a wide variety of factors that contribute to birth injuries. Some birth injuries occur due to a traumatic or extended labor process. When a mother is pushing during labor, tissues tear and expand, and the baby is being moved along by very strong contracting muscles. Sometimes, a child can suffer bruising from the natural process alone.

However, the more severe injuries tend to be the result of the negligence of medical professionals. These situations can end in brain damage, nerve damage, loss of vision, 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, causing damage that may never heal. HIE is a common factor in cerebral palsy lawsuits.

Medical equipment such as forceps or vacuum extractors can also cause physical injury during labor. These tools are used to help speed along a lengthy delivery, but they can also cause brain hemorrhages, bruising, and possible permanent brain damage when used incorrectly.

Other factors that can lead to birth injuries include misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis of medical problems (ex. preeclampsia), improper medication use or administration, delay or failure to order a necessary cesarean section (C-section), and poor monitoring of fetal vital signs.

No matter the cause, our Chicago-based birth injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle birth injuries cases while you focus on the medical care of your child.

Shea Law Group Can Help

Birth injuries are sadly common and can be catastrophic to a family. The pain and suffering, and expenses from medical bills are more than any person should have to deal with alone.

When facing a birth injury lawsuit, you need experienced lawyers to represent you, who know how to handle hospitals and insurance companies. At Shea Law Group, we have access to reliable medical experts that will help us prove your case.

We don’t charge you 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 negligence.