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Experienced Birth Injury Attorneys in Chicago

In the United States alone, approximately 7 in every 1,000 births involve an injury during labor. These injuries can be caused by various factors, and most often occur while the infant is in the birth canal.

No matter what type of birth injury is sustained, it’s a terrifying time for the mother and loved ones. This is the type of fight you don’t want to face alone, and Shea Law Group is here for you.

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Causes of Birth Injuries

There are countless things happening inside the birth canal during delivery, and some can be traumatic to both mother and baby. The act of pushing during labor can result in tearing of tissue, and can also cause bruising to the infant. These injuries usually self-heal in a matter of months.

The more severe injuries are often caused by the negligence of medical professionals. Improper use of birthing implements and techniques can cause severe injury. This is more often the cause of brain damage, nerve damage, sensory problems and other resulting disabilities.

Types of Birth Injuries

Many things can go wrong during a pregnancy, and they all have the potential for serious complications, including fatality. Some of the most common types of birth injuries that result in lawsuits involve shoulder, head, or nerve injuries.

Shoulder Dystocia

This is a type of injury resulting from one or both of the baby’s shoulders becoming stuck in the birth canal during labor. This trauma can lead to further, more severe conditions.

Brachial Plexus Palsy

The pressure on the shoulders from being stuck affects a group of nerves that aid in controlling arm and hand movement.

Clavicle Fracture

These types of fractures occur more often in breech births as a result of shoulder dystocia.

Head Trauma

There are different types of head injuries that can occur during birth, and the long-term effects vary, as well. These usually result from pressure in the birth canal or from delivery assistance.

Caput Succedaneum

While this condition can occur through regular delivery, it more often involves delivery by vacuum extraction. The result is soft tissue swelling, or edema, of the baby’s scalp, and can resolve itself in time without serious long-term effects.

Cephalohematoma

This condition also involves the newborn’s head bleeding rather than swelling. This subcranial bleed typically resolves within a few months of birth, but can cause jaundice or other conditions.

Nerve Paralysis

This can result from nerve bruising, or can be more severe due to a tear and require surgery.

Brain Injury

These injuries can be from the pressure in the birth canal, severe contractions; however, it is more commonly due to misuse of forceps and other birthing implements.

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

This common birth injury causes lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain, and can be caused by many things. Umbilical cord accidents or internal ruptures, for example, can cause this terrible brain dysfunction. HIE causes brain damage that can last a lifetime, and is often a major factor in cerebral palsy lawsuits.

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Shea Law Group Wants To Help

Regardless of what birth injury your child has sustained, Shea Law Group is here for you. We will stand up for what is right, and we will do everything we can to ensure you receive maximum compensation and are satisfied with the outcome of your birth injury lawsuit.

Birth injuries are sadly common and can be catastrophic to a family. The medical bills stack up on top of pain and suffering, and quickly become more than anyone should have to experience.

This is a time when you need experienced, caring, dedicated birth injury attorneys to represent you. We will talk with you and walk with you every step of the way, assuring you of your rights while providing access to resources you need.

Call us to schedule your free consultation, so we can discuss your child’s birth injury and the medical negligence that caused it. There’s no time to wait, and Shea Law Group has the Chicago birth injury lawyers that will help you.