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Common Types of Birth Injuries

Birth injury cases can be extremely complex. Proving a doctor, surgeon or nurse made a mistake can be a time-consuming process. Our Chicago birth injury attorneys carefully examine medical records and other hospital reports. We routinely consult experts familiar with specific types of birth injuries. We look to see if there may be something a doctor or surgeon would overlook, such as hospital negligence. Common types of birth injuries include the following:

After a birth injury, you may find doctors, surgeons, nurses and others involved in the birth are unwilling to admit fault. We can help you obtain justice, however complex your birth injury case may be. A newborn afflicted with cerebral palsy may have been harmed by a doctor who failed to react promptly to a problem with an umbilical cord, inappropriate use of a vacuum extractor or inappropriate use of forceps. We know how to determine the cause of your child's injury, hold the negligent health care provider accountable and pursue maximum compensation for injuries sustained during childbirth.

Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy and Shoulder Dystocia

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a serious medical condition referring to a motor coordination problem linked to head trauma. The brain controls coordination and voluntary movement. When a child is born prematurely, he or she can develop cerebral palsy before the brain is fully developed. Babies born at full term can develop the condition if there is hypoxia - a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching tissues - or an oxygen deficiency during childbirth.

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong medical condition. Symptoms can include facial ticks, muscle spasms, underdeveloped motor control skills and posture problems. The Deratany Firm understands how to assess the long-term physical, emotional and financial effect these injuries will have on your child and your family.

Erb's Palsy

Erb's palsy is nerve damage resulting from damage to the brachial plexus, a mass of nerves in the armpit that is responsible for transmitting nerve signals to the arm. This damage commonly occurs due to the shoulder being stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone and if a doctor does not act quickly enough to relieve the complication.

At The Deratany Firm, our birth injury attorneys understand how serious nerve damage to the shoulder can be to an infant. Nerve damage in the shoulder and arm can lead to loss of use of that limb. Your child may require expensive operations and physical therapy to address Erb's palsy. When this is the case, the negligent medical professional who caused your child's injuries needs to be held accountable for his or her behavior.

Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is a medical term referring to a difficult child birth in which a baby's head has exited the mother but his or her shoulders are still trapped inside the mother's pelvis. When a difficult child birth occurs, the actions doctors, nurses and other medical professionals make to correct the conditions once they're known can make the difference between a successful childbirth and a lifetime of physical hardship.

Depending on the severity of the injury and length of time the baby is locked in this position, the child can suffer a wide variety of injuries, including:

  • Nerve damage, specifically in the upper brachial plexus nerves in the shoulder, resulting in a brachial plexus injury.
  • Klumpke's palsy. Partial paralysis of the brachial plexus
  • Erb's palsy. Paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper arm's main nerves
  • Oxygen deprivation, resulting in brain damage
  • Death

Highly-skilled medical doctors trained to deliver babies should know how to handle such complications while delivering a baby. Unfortunately, doctors make mistakes, resulting in serious medical problems that can cause a lifetime of unnecessary pain and suffering. Contact The Deratany Firm today. We're ready to protect your rights and hold negligent medical professionals accountable.

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Birth Hypoxia and Brain Damage

Brain damage is among the most serious types of injuries a child can sustain before or during childbirth. When an obstetrician or any other member of an OB/GYN department injures a baby during delivery - whether by using too much force, administering dangerous drugs that make the baby sick or making other delivery room mistakes - your child's future quality of life can be jeopardized.

In some instances, pediatric and neonatal negligence are to blame for birth hypoxia. Brain damage can also occur due to surgical mistakes made during childbirth. A doctor may take too long to deliver a child, thus resulting in decreased oxygen to the unborn child. In other cases, a doctor, surgeon or nurse may lack proper experience to deliver a child safely or a hospital may face understaffing issues in the delivery room.

Injuries sustained during childbirth can have a dramatic effect on the life of your family and your child. He or she may suffer from motor disorders that impair mobility and brain function. Your child may have severely damaged neurological function in terms of behavior, intellectual development, perception and communication. He or she may require extensive therapy, surgery and other long-term complications due to a brain injury.

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C-Section Injuries

When performing a C-section, it is essential that obstetricians not only perform the procedure correctly, but make sound decisions regarding whether a C-section is in the best interest of their patients. In some cases, a C-section may be used in emergency situations where a mother or child's well-being is compromised. In other cases, doctors and surgeons may fail to uphold the standard of care necessary to successfully complete a procedure.

The Deratany Firm is familiar with many common causes of C-section injuries, including:

  • Performing an unnecessary C-section
  • Failing to perform a C-section
  • Birth injuries sustained in surgery
  • Injuries sustained to the mother during surgery
  • Internal organ damage to the mother
  • Infections to mother or child as a result of a C-section

Contact The Deratany Firm today for a free consultation. If you have questions about a potential childbirth injury case, we believe we can provide you with honest answers and sound advice. Our firm works tirelessly to hold negligent medical personnel and hospitals accountable.

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