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.
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.
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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.