Brain Injury Medical Malpractice

Family wins $15 million settlement in birth injury case

A Chicago Heights hospital agreed to pay $15 million to settle a 2013 medical malpractice lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the family of a 6-year-old girl who sustained severe brain damage during her birth. The family of Nyelle Brown sued Franciscan Health for the birth injury she allegedly suffered during her January 2011 delivery. …

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Birth Injury Lawsuit Attorney

Women file birth injury lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories over Depakote

Some parents allege that their children suffered birth injuries because the mothers took the medication Depakote while they were pregnant. The parents filed the lawsuit on March 21, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against defendants Abbott Laboratories Inc. and AbbVie Inc. The complaint states that the children were …

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C-Section Risk

Do repeat C-sections put the health of babies at risk?

Pregnant women who have delivered a baby via cesarean section in the past are faced with the decision of how to give birth to their next child. Mothers are likely to opt for another C-section over a vaginal delivery due to the risk of potential complications for the baby or rupturing the scar. On the …

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Birth Injury Negligence Lawsuit

Mother files negligence lawsuit against doctors for son’s birth injury

A mother has filed a lawsuit against a number of physicians at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where her son was born in 2003. She alleges that they were negligent in failing to exercise reasonable care in rendering medical treatment, and that such negligence caused her son to develop an eye injury. Li Jun Huang filed a …

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Shoulder Dystocia

How labor induction can help reduce risk of shoulder dystocia

Research suggests inducing labor for expectant mothers giving birth to large babies may help prevent shoulder dystocia and other injuries during birth. A European study last year examined whether labor induction at 37 to 38 weeks of pregnancy could help prevent infants from growing larger, resulting in a safer delivery with reduced chances of shoulder …

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Hospital Birth Injury Lawsuit

Why female babies are more resistant to brain injuries

A study has found that female newborns are less vulnerable to brain injuries than male babies due to the presence of higher levels of a protective protein. Complications during the pregnancy or delivery process lead to thousands of babies suffering birth injuries each year. Oxygen deprivation and reduced blood flow put infants at risk of …

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Risk factors for brachial plexus birth injury

Frequently, parents whose babies are born with the birth injury brachial plexus palsy are given no indication that their infant might be afflicted with this condition. This is because only a certain number of traits are recognized as risk factors. In the January 14 edition of the Journal of Perinatology, a recent study was published …

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Report reveals Chicago’s premature birth rate exceeds national average

Chicago scored a D in the March of Dimes 2015 ranking of pre-term birth rates in six large Illinois cities. The city has a premature birth rate of 10.4 percent in comparison to the United States’ overall rate of 9.6 percent. Joliet had the state’s lowest rate of 9.6 percent, while Peoria received an F …

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Statute of Limitations for Birth Injuries in Illinois

Statute of limitations for birth injuries in Illinois

It is often the case that birth injuries could have been prevented if the treating physician had followed generally accepted medical practices. Such negligence on the part of doctors may lead some parents to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician and hospital. There is a statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice …

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Hospital Birth Injury Lawsuit

Couple files negligence lawsuit for child’s birth injuries

A couple from Cook County, Illinois, sued the University of Chicago Medical Center for alleged medical negligence that resulted in their daughter suffering permanent birth injuries. The lawsuit was filed against the medical center and two of its doctors in Cook County Circuit Court on Oct. 27. According to the complaint, the doctors allegedly used …

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