There are already too many complicated pregnancy issues for Schaumburg residents to consider, and giving birth safely in an Illinois hospital should not be one of them. Matters regarding a successful delivery in Chicago-area hospitals may raise concerns for some expectant mothers. If a long-term or catastrophic injury occurs during the birthing process, legal action may help in recovering damages for what may be its lifelong consequences. In the case of a 4-year-old girl whose story was covered by the Chicago Tribune, a jury awarded $23.6 million in damages over a devastating birth injury that may have been prevented if not for her doctors’ negligence.

 For more than two days, a Cook County jury deliberated on the young girl’s situation and the disturbing injuries she suffered during her birth at Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago. Allegedly, the hospital’s doctors unreasonably delayed her delivery by a cesarean section, which resulted in brain dysfunction due to a loss of oxygen and blood over a period of time. Treatment for her condition, which required further medical attention after delivery, was considered, but not administered by the hospital’s staff. Because of her doctors’ poor medical decisions, the child may require a full-time attendant in addition to permanent and extensive medical care. The awarded $23.6 million should assist the young girl’s family in obtaining the medical treatments that she may need along with remedying the pain, suffering and loss of a normal life that resulted from the hospital’s and doctors’ negligence.

 When a baby does not appear to be developing naturally, an underlying problem may exist and lead to a debilitating injury. Fortunately, many healthy babies heal from minor injuries that they may have suffered during the birthing procedures. In some situations, however, a baby may incur a severe and permanent disability as a result of malpractice or negligence.

 This information regarding a medical malpractice suit over a birth injury is provided for educational purposes, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.