Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys
Birth Injuries & Medical Malpractice in Chicago & Dyer
If you are a mother, it is natural to have a concern regarding your baby's
health and well-being. From the moment you discover you are pregnant to
the day that your child is delivered, most mothers want to know that their
baby will be healthy and free from harm or injury. But what happens if
your child or you is put in serious danger or sustains and injury during
the birthing process?
Sometimes, the injuries are minor and a baby's body will naturally
heal. Other times, the injuries are significant and can cause lifelong
complications or years of recovery. If you or your baby was injured by
your doctor during the birth, it is important to retain the counsel of a
medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago who can protect you and help you recover the compensation you need to
move on with your life.
Examples of Birth Injuries
Below is a list of common birthing injuries and the complications that
children and mothers may endure after a birthing accident:
Brachial Plexus: This injury is due to excessive force being used by a doctor or midwife
during the birthing process. When a baby's shoulder gets stuck on
the cartilage connecting the pelvic bones, the baby will not be completely
delivered following the head. In an attempt to resolve this problem, doctors
or midwifes will pull on the baby's head in a down and outward position,
sometimes causing tears in the nerves on the baby's neck. Long term
complications can include growth abnormalities, decreased movement and
joint and muscular complications.
Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy occurs when there is not enough supply of oxygen delivered
to the baby during the labor or delivery process. Neurological complications
are common in children with cerebral palsy as in muscle tone, seizures
and growth milestone impairments. Speech and communication abnormalities
may occur and impairments with hearing or vision may develop. Sometimes,
excessive Pitocin use, umbilical cord complications and issues with uterus
contracts can all cause cerebral palsy. If these complications are not
quickly sorted out, they may lead to lifelong injuries.
Paralysis: Facial paralysis may occur because of natural reasons, such as too much
pressure from a contracting uterus on the baby's face, or from an
assisted birth. Doctors who use forceps or vacuum assisted delivery may
apply excessive pressure to the facial nerves and injury the child in
the process. This complication can leave the baby with partial or complete
paralysis of the face and eyes. Although this complication may solve itself
in a few weeks, sometimes the nerve is damaged to the point where surgery
needs to be implemented to fix the torn nerve.
Vaginal Tears: If your child was born over eight pounds, you may have had complications
in the birthing process. It is not uncommon for mothers to experience
vaginal tears, episiotomy (surgical incisions made to the vagina to increase
the size during labor) and anal fissures. After childbirth, if these tears
and incisions are not properly treated by a medical professional, women
may experience extreme pain, swelling and infections and may be forced
to have surgery to repair the damage.
Complications of Epidural and Caesarean: Caesarean sections generally occur when there is a major complication
with the child such as a breech position or a life-threatening emergency.
If a caesarean is not performed properly, a mother be at risk of excessive
bleeding and uterine infections and other complications that can arise
from a surgical procedure. Likewise, epidurals can cause complications
in nerve endings in the spine including blood vessel punctures and bleeding
around the spinal cord known as an epidural hematoma. During an epidural
hematoma, collecting blood can place pressure on nerves and cause permanent
damage to the nerves in the spine.
Our dedicated Chicago birth injury lawyers can fight for you.
If you are a mother suffering from a childbirth complication on either
you or your child, it is important that you speak with an
injury attorney in Chicago. If a doctor or midwife allowed an unsafe condition to persist, they may
have acted in negligence and you may be eligible to receive compensation.
At Pavich Law Group, P.C. we understand that family means everything to
you - we are a family run business. If your family is suffering from a
birth complication, contact our firm to speak with an experienced and
reputable personal injury attorney.
Call Pavich Law Group, P.C. today to schedule your
free case evaluation.