Illinois Mother Files Lawsuit Over Baby’s Death

An Illinois mother has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking damages for a birth injury that resulted in the death of her child. The plaintiff, Portia Williams, claims that Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center and several attending physicians and nurses were negligent during the delivery of her child, and that this negligence resulted in the baby’s death.

The woman’s daughter, Naiyanna Edens, was delivered by Caesarean section, and the lawsuit alleges that medical mistakes made during the procedure caused her death.

C-sections are sometimes necessary to protect both the mother’s and child’s health, especially in cases of complications with the umbilical cord, hypoxia, fetal distress and other problems during delivery. If medical professionals fail to meet the standard of care required during a C-section, or delay making crucial decisions, the result can be cerebral palsy, brain damage or death.

According to the lawsuit, Williams was transported to Jackson Park by ambulance. She was in labor, but was made to sit in a waiting room for a significant time period. When she was examined, it was discovered that she was experiencing vaginal bleeding, but she was still made to wait.

The lawsuit claims that doctors performed an emergency C-section 96 minutes later, and that upon delivery, Naiyanna was non-responsive. Williams alleges that the failure to perform a timely C-section caused her baby’s death.

The lawsuit also alleges that the medical staff did not properly monitor the condition of mother and child, did not properly document fetal monitor strips, failed to have neonatologists and pediatricians on hand for the delivery and did not take proper action to resuscitate the child after she was found to be nonresponsive.

Robert Briskman is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer and Chicago medical malpractice attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit

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