Birth Related Injuries
Few personal injury cases are more devastating to families than a birth injury case. After nine months of anticipation and excited preparation, to then have your baby suffer a birth injury due to the negligence of a medical professional can be overwhelming and emotionally destructive. Mothers entrust their well-being and the well-being of their unborn child to their doctor and medical staff. When their doctor or nurses prove to be negligent or incapable, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Mothers and children alike can be injured due to such medical malpractice or they may even suffer wrongful death.
It is during this difficult time that the skill and experience of the Chicago and Illinois birth injury lawyers at Lucas & Cárdenas can be of great help and vital importance to both the infant and the infant’s family. Our lawyers can protect your legal rights, allowing you to grieve without worrying about securing evidence, witness statements, and meeting court deadlines.
Types of Birth Injury Cases
Injuries to children during the birth process frequently form the basis for a special type of medical malpractice case. Unborn or newborn children can also suffer serious injury if a doctor or nurse is negligent. Infants all too frequently suffer brain damage, respiratory problems, shoulder dystocia or other injuries that have life long implications. Some of the most common injuries of this kind include brachial plexus palsy (Erb’s palsy), cerebral palsy, vacuum injuries, hematomas, broken bones, neck and back injuries, untreated jaundice, and much more. Birth injury is not always manifested early in a child’s life and sometimes take years to appear. In an appropriate case, our firm will accept a case and wait to see how the child develops.
Mothers can suffer a number of serious injuries because of a doctor’s negligence. During pregnancy, their physician could fail to properly monitor the mother or baby, resulting in a number of complications and injuries. Preeclampsia is just one example of such a consequence; it is when the mother develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine late in pregnancy or during labor. The mother could also suffer from vaginal tears, vacuum injuries, or a Cesarean section injury. Each of these injuries can endanger the life of the mother and can cause lasting damage.
At Lucas & Cárdenas, our Chicago and Illinois birth injury attorneys are experienced in handling a variety of medical errors and injuries, including:
- Shoulder dystocia: During delivery, the baby’s shoulder may become lodged behind the mother’s pelvic bone, presenting an urgent life-or-death medical emergency.
- Erb’s palsy: A nerve injury that impairs movement and sensation in the arm, Erb’s palsy is often caused by shoulder dystocia. It is the most common type of brachial plexus injury, meaning it involves the brachial plexus nerves in the neck and shoulder.
- Breech birth: In most cases, a baby’s head should be delivered first. Feet-first deliveries constitute a “breech birth” and cause a wide range of medical problems.
- Preeclampsia: Characterized by high blood pressure and bodily distress in the mother, preeclampsia threatens the life of both mother and child. Unchecked, it can lead to birth injuries, full-blown eclampsia, or even death.
- Birth asphyxia: Labor and delivery are sensitive, vulnerable procedures. Almost any error can threaten the baby’s oxygen supply. Even momentary oxygen deprivation can cause permanent brain damage or death. One common result is a dangerous brain condition called Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL).
- Forceps Injuries: Doctors sometimes use forceps to aid in delivery, but extreme diligence and caution are required. The slightest error can cause catastrophic injury to the baby. The same is true for vacuum extractor injuries.
- Negligent C-Section: Cesarean sections are dangerous procedures requiring a doctor’s expert skill and care. Any error could cause serious damage and may constitute medical malpractice.
- Wrongful birth of infant: Wrongful birth of a fetus or baby can be claimed if parents do not have adequate knowledge to make an informed decision.
- Wrongful death of infant: Wrongful death of a fetus or baby could be caused by medical negligence.
- Wrongful death of mother: Wrongful death of a mother could be caused by negligence or medical malpractice.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
As with any personal injury case, you must act quickly to protect your legal rights. If you or a family member has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, call our Chicago and Illinois birth injury attorneys at 312-781-0082, or simply submit your information for a Free Case Evaluation. At Lucas & Cárdenas, we take cases on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation for your case.