If you believe that your child suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of the doctor, a nurse or any other medical professional you can take action to pursue fair compensation for your child’s past, present and future medical costs.
The attorneys at the Chicago, Illinois birth injury law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg can help. We have decades of experience successfully handling these challenging cases. We know how to take on large medical practices, hospitals and their insurance companies to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Our birth injury lawyers can handle all types of cases, many of which involve brain damage. In these cases, a child may suffer serious conditions such as cerebral palsy. We can also handle birth injury cases involving shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy or any other condition that should have been prevented by proper care during childbirth. Our law firm also proudly stands beside parents who have suffered the wrongful death of a child due to a preventable birth error.
The infant mortality rate in the United States has slowly declined since 1995. That year, approximately 7.5 infants died per 1,000 births. As of 2018, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.7 deaths per 1,000 births. In large part, the decrease in the mortality rate is due to advancements in medical technology.
Each year there are over 144,000 babies born in Illinois.
In 2018, there were approximately 65,000 babies born in Cook County, with just over 41,000 having adequate prenatal care. Over the past decades, the rate of birth injuries has decreased, however, there are still between six and eight babies out of 1,000 are born with some type of birth injury.
According to a government study, the rates of birth injuries were as follows for each type of hospital:
Birth injuries tend to be less common in smaller hospitals.
Over one percent of all Cesarean section deliveries result in birth injury.
The most common types of birth injury during a Cesarean delivery are:
Our attorneys represent people who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones in all types of personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation cases. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means that we will only accept payment if we are successful in getting compensation for you or your family.
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Each year, thousands of newborns suffer minor injuries during the labor and delivery process. Most often, these injuries heal on their own over time. On occasion, an infant suffers a much more severe injury, potentially resulting in broken bones, nerve damage, oxygen deprivation or brain damage. Most Chicago birth injuries are preventable and are the result of the delivery physician’s negligence.
When it comes to the various types of birth injuries, medical professionals break them down into several categories:
The most common type of birth injury involves damage to a newborn’s head or brain. Doctors may use forceps or other tools to assist in the delivery process during more complicated deliveries. Negligent or improper use of these tools can easily cause severe damage to a newborn baby’s head, including facial bone fractures and swelling or bruising of the scalp.
While these superficial wounds can be traumatizing, the real dangers involve hematomas and hemorrhages. A hematoma is a collection of blood that forms outside of a blood vessel. Various hematomas can occur during birth; however, one of the most common is an epidural hematoma. An epidural hematoma occurs when there is bleeding between the brain and the outer layer of tissue that covers the brain. Often, epidural hematomas occur as the result of a skull fracture. Epidural hematomas put additional pressure on the brain, which can cause apnea or seizures.
A hemorrhage occurs when blood escapes through a broken blood vessel. Hemorrhages are typically the result of a doctor’s use of forceps or other tools during a complicated delivery. Depending on the location of the physical damage, hemorrhages can affect different parts of the brain. The various types of hemorrhages include:
THE FOLLOWING ARE AMONG THE VARIOUS TYPES OF HEMORRHAGES:
Birth injuries affecting the head and brain are very often preventable. Doctors should be familiar with the tools needed to safely deliver babies. Those families who have a child that suffered fatal brain injuries or suffers from the ongoing symptoms of a brain-related birth injury should consult with an experienced Illinois medical malpractice attorney to discuss their situation.
The second most common type of birth injury affects a newborn’s nerves. Nerve injuries most often involve larger babies and difficult deliveries. Depending on the specific type of injury, a nerve-related birth injury can result in persistent, lifelong injuries, including muscle weakness and even paralysis. The following are among the types of nerve-related birth injuries:
Typically, injuries to the facial nerves occur during a forceps-assisted delivery or in births involving unusual fetal positioning. These injuries generally heal on their own, within a few months after birth.
The brachial plexus is a large group of nerves, located between the neck and shoulders. If a newborn’s arm is stretched during the delivery process, the brachial plexus can sustain severe damage, resulting in weakness or even permanent paralysis of a child’s arm or hand.
While rare, it is possible for the spinal cord to become overstretched during delivery, leading to permanent paralysis below the point of injury.
The phrenic nerve is the nerve leading into the diaphragm, which is the major respiratory muscle. When the phrenic nerve is damaged, babies often have difficulty breathing, and may require mechanical assistance after birth.
Shoulder dystocia occurs when one or both of a baby’s shoulders get stuck inside the mother’s pelvis during birth. Shoulder dystocia is a common cause of birth injury and can result in serious injury to both mother and child.
Nerve injuries vary in seriousness, as well as the part of the body that is affected. Often, these birth injuries can result in lifelong symptoms, including muscle weakness and paralysis. Parents of children with Erb palsy, Klumpke palsy or any other nerve-related injury should consider reaching out to a dedicated Chicago personal injury law firm for immediate assistance. Most nerve-related birth injuries can be prevented when doctors exercise reasonable care and sound judgment throughout the delivery process.
Before birth, babies receive all oxygen through the mother’s placenta. The umbilical cord carries blood from the mother’s placenta to the baby. If a baby’s blood flow is cut off during labor, they can suffer from perinatal asphyxiation, which is a deprivation of oxygen to the brain.
In some cases, newborns suffering from perinatal asphyxiation look and act completely normal. And in many cases, the problem will resolve itself in the moments after birth. However, prolonged oxygen deprivation can be catastrophic. On the mild end of the spectrum, babies experiencing perinatal asphyxiation may suffer learning disabilities due to the damage caused to their brains. In more serious cases, newborn babies can develop cerebral palsy. There are several known causes for perinatal asphyxia, including:
One of the most serious, and most common, birth injuries is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that affect movement, balance and posture. It is believed that four out of every 1,000 babies born suffer from cerebral palsy.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy typically include a combination of developmental delays, abnormal muscle tone and abnormal posture. Medical experts classify cerebral palsy into three categories, depending on the type of movement disorder:
As is the case with most birth injuries, cerebral palsy is often preventable. Parents of children born with cerebral palsy or otherwise suffered from perinatal asphyxiation should reach out to an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer to determine what remedies may be available.
While birth injuries vary in severity, many will not go away. These permanent, life-changing injuries may require a lifetime of costly medical care. Parents of children suffering from debilitating birth injuries may recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, the need for additional caretakers, accommodations that must be made to the family home, the costs of counseling and special education, as well as for any pain and suffering that their child will experience throughout the course of their life.
At Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, when we build a case, we take the time to carefully review your child’s medical condition. We work with medical experts to determine how much compensation is necessary to cover the child’s past, present and future medical care. When we bring your case to the opposition, we will ask for what is fair, and we will fight for what you and your child deserves.
If your child suffered through a traumatic birth, and experienced a serious injury, as a result, contact the Chicago birth injury lawyers at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. Our experienced attorneys represent families that have been forever changed by negligent acts of medical providers. We have over 30 years of experience advocating on behalf of Chicago families, and we know what it takes to succeed on our clients’ behalf. From the moment you allow our firm to work on your case, we investigate your claim, seeking to uncover all potentially liable parties and theories of liability so you can obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. As a part of the Briskman Guarantee, we handle all cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will only accept payment if we can help your family obtain compensation for your child’s injuries. To learn more, call 1-877-595-4878 to schedule a free consultation today.
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