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About Birth Injury

October 17, 2007

The miracle of birth is among the happiest occasions any parent can experience. Although mostly deliveries go smoothly, others do not. When a medical mistake results in a serious birth injury, the consequences can be catastrophic for both the baby and the family.

Birth injuries can occur at any point during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and immediately after delivery. Some injuries will resolve over time, while other will be permanent.

Examples of permanent birth injuries include:

  • brain damage
  • cerebral palsy
  • erbs palsy or brachial plexus injury
  • fractures
  • nerve injuries
  • spinal cord injuries

The various conditions that can lead to birth injuries include:

  • fetal distress
  • preeclampsia
  • hypertension
  • meconium aspiration
  • oligohydromnios
  • maternal infection
  • pre-term labor
  • breech delivery
  • nucal cord
  • prolapse cord

Medical errors that can cause birth injuries include:

  • failure to recognize or appreciate fetal distress
  • failure to order a timely cesarean section
  • inadequate suctioning of meconium / meconium aspiration syndrome
  • failure to recognize or treat preeclampsia / hypertension
  • poor communication amongst the medical team

Chicago Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Lawyer

For most people, the only recourse is to consult a medical malpractice attorney to determine whether the child' injuries resulted from malpractice. In that instance, the attorney can seek to recover compensation necessary to help ensure the child receives the best possible care for the future. If you believe your child may have sustained a serious birth injury as a result of medical malpractice, we invite you to contact the Chicago Medical Malpractice Office of Kroot Law, LLC, for a free consultation.

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