Holding Physicians Responsible for Birth Injuries
Sadly, doctors and nurses sometimes injure infants and birth mothers at the time of a baby’s birth due to malpractice. Some fully recover from these injuries, but others sustain lifelong, severe disabilities, or die as a result of their injuries.
At Raymond & Raymond, Ltd., we have nearly 30 years of legal experience dealing with birth injury claims. Our extensive experience includes working with experts in obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric neurology, infectious diseases and pediatric neuroimaging.
Injuries Newborns May Suffer At Birth
The following newborn injuries may be the result of medical malpractice:
- Brain damage or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy from decreased blood flow to the baby’s brain
- Bleeding in the brain or intraventricular hemorrhage
- Cerebral palsy
- Low Apgar scores at delivery
- Low muscle tone or floppiness
- Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)
- Surfactant deficiency
- Meconium aspiration syndrome
- Organ injury, especially to the kidneys
- Blood loss
- Skull fractures
- Prolonged admission to neonatal intensive care unit
- Metabolic acidosis seen in umbilical cord blood gas study
- Developmental delays
- Mental retardation
Recovered damages in these types of cases may need to cover both immediate medical care and care well into the future. Let us review your claim and pursue the proper amount of compensation for your needs.
Examples of Birth Injury Cases:
The following are examples of birth injury cases:
- An obstetrician delayed an order for a cesarean section delivery despite the electronic fetal heart rate monitor showing baby in distress. The delay resulted in brain damage and cerebral palsy.
- An obstetrician did not diagnose abnormal placement of placenta, or react quickly enough when the 32-year-old mother suffered a massive bleed at the delivery resulting in her death.
- A 29-year-old mother and her baby both died from undiagnosed and untreated pre-eclampsia.
- An obstetrician did not diagnose and treat the mother’s pre-eclampsia condition, which resulted in brain damage and cerebral palsy in the baby.
- An obstetrician used excessive force when delivering a baby, causing brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy and permanent nerve injury and growth retardation to the baby’s arm.
- After delivery, physicians did not diagnose a mother’s amniotic-fluid embolism, resulting in a mother’s death.
We understand how severe injuries can impact the family. Let us provide the legal service you need to pursue an appropriate amount of compensation.
Speak With Our Highly Skilled Birth Injury Counsel
At Raymond & Raymond, Ltd., we offer comprehensive legal service that serves your needs at an extremely serious time. Our birth injury lawyers have a solid reputation in and surrounding Chicago. Get a case evaluation at our Schaumburg practice by calling (800) 331-5753 or send us this simple email request.