When your child has suffered an injury, you need a tireless and devoted advocate by your side. The Chicago birth injury lawyers at Duncan Law Group are here to help. Call us now for a free consultation to discuss your options.
A birth injury is any damage that occurs as a result of the birthing process. There are few experiences that can be more upsetting than learning that your child has suffered a serious injury at birth. After months of dreaming about the day when you finally get to meet your child and welcome him or her into the world, you are met with the devastating news that something happened during labor and delivery which caused your baby to be seriously injured.
Unfortunately, many parents in this situation make a serious mistake: they assume that the obstetrician and nurses did everything that should have been done to prevent the birth injury.
Doctors – no matter how much education and training they receive – are susceptible to error just like anyone else. When they make mistakes, the consequences can be disastrous for the health and happiness of the patient. While some birth injuries are unavoidable, many are the direct result of negligence or oversight on the part of the attending doctor.
There are numerous ways that a doctor or nurse can cause injury to a child during the birthing process. One of the most common injuries is Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy injury is often caused by a doctor’s use of excessive force in pulling on the baby’s head during delivery. In some cases, such a maneuver is necessary to resolve a distressed labor (known as shoulder dystocia); but even then the question can be raised: should the doctor have ordered a C-section? This question is especially important if circumstances, such as gestational diabetes or a small pelvis, increase the mother’s chances of an at-risk delivery.
Other common birth injuries include but are not limited to:
No baby should suffer due to the excuses of a doctor. You have the right to medical care and your infant should not be harmed by a doctor’s failure to act accordingly. When you show signs of distress, complications, or existing signs indicate that action needs to be taken, a doctor that fails to act can be held accountable for their medical negligence.
Whether your child has suffered Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy or another type of birth injury, it is of vital importance that you meet with a Chicago personal injury lawyer who can help you explore your legal options and determine whether you have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.
If you have a birth injury case, a Chicago birth injury attorney from Duncan Law Group may be able to help you recover financial compensation for all of the ongoing medical care that your child may require in the future, as well as payment to replace the income that your child may be unable to earn in order to be economically independent. It may even be possible to claim damages for pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Birth injuries and birth trauma can have long-term, serious consequences. Your family and your child should not be forced to pay the price for the doctor’s mistakes. At Duncan Law Group, our lawyers are dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for their actions. Contact our law firm now at (312) 202-3283 for a free birth injury case evaluation.