Deserved Relief For A Child And Family After A Birth Injury
Parents typically choose an obstetrician and gynecologist (OB-GYN), a birthing center and/or a hospital for delivery with care. They rightfully expect service providers to follow accepted standards of care during prenatal care, labor and delivery.
When a birth injury harms a baby and/or mother, parents’ natural first question is, “Why?” At Barney & Karamanis, LLP, in Chicago, our determined medical malpractice attorneys help discover the truth. Our determination has led to a long history of impressive verdicts and settlements in these cases, such as when we obtained a $530,000 recovery in the first wrongful birth verdict in Illinois.
We aggressively advocate in birth injury cases involving the following errors and outcomes.
Failure to monitor an unborn child during labor or to use correct maneuvers during delivery can rob a baby of oxygen, leading to cerebral palsy with lifelong complications.
Brachial Plexus Injury, Erb’s Palsy And Klumpke’s Palsy
Nerve damage can plague a child for life after a mismanaged delivery results in one of these injuries.
Delay in performing a cesarean section (C-section), performing an unnecessary C-section or negligent surgical techniques can harm a baby and/or lead to damaging uterine rupture.
Errors In Inducing Labor
Failure to induce labor when appropriate, failure to induce labor correctly and failure to manage the accelerated birth properly can have serious consequences.
Preeclampsia And HELLP Syndrome
Proper monitoring and management of these risky conditions should protect both the baby and the mother.
Signs That Indicate A Birth Injury Was The Result Of Medical Negligence
From stillbirth to maternal death, the results of medical negligence can be disastrous for a mother and baby. A negative result is not always an indication of malpractice. Sometimes, infants are born with natural congenital defect. Sometimes, something goes wrong during the delivery that has nothing to do with the doctor’s standard of care. In other cases, a health care practitioner’s or facility’s negligence contributes to devastating results. A malpractice claim needs these criteria:
- The doctor, nurse or other party owed the victim a duty of care.
- The party in question deviated from the standard of care.
- This resulted in a birth injury.
- As a result, the patient has damages.
A few common examples include failure to diagnose a condition, misdiagnosing a condition, failure to order necessary tests and failure to get informed consent.
Proving that a birth injury or illness resulted from medical malpractice is not easy. You need a legal team that understands exactly how to gather evidence from medical records, interviews and other methods. Having handled numerous birth injury claims successfully, we know how to put together the supporting evidence you need.
The Cost Of Raising A Child With A Birth Injury
Raising a child is expensive – any parent can tell you that. Raising a child who has a birth injury, however, can take an unimaginable financial toll. The cost of prescription medications, physical therapy, diagnostic appointments, checkups and hospital stays can quickly climb into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Financial stress can damage not only your wallet but also your marriage, your happiness and your peace of mind. Pursuing a birth injury lawsuit can solve these problems and provide for the care that your child needs following a negligence-related birth injury.