No parent will ever forget the birth of his or her child. The event should be amongst life’s happiest and most enduring events. There are some births that have a similar enduring quality, however, because of errors made by physicians and other medical personnel during the course of the pregnancy or the actual birth process.
When physicians make errors during the birthing process, the results can be horrific for both the child and its family.
Determining what went wrong during labor and delivery
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you investigate the circumstances surrounding the birth injury impacting your family. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers have evaluated and prosecuted birth injury cases that were due to:
- Failure to order a cesarean section in a timely fashion
- Failing to test the bilirubin level of a newborn
- Not monitoring for fetal distress
- Never communicating problems to physicians
- Poorly suctioning the meconium
Some birth injuries may be readily apparent; however, other types of birth injuries may not be diagnosed until an infant is evaluated by a specialist. The following diagnoses may be indicative of physician or hospital negligence and merit further evaluation:
Our birth injury law firm uses medical experts to review all the medical records and documentation from the birthing facility as well as records from specialists who have treated the child. These experts can determine whether medical malpractice or delivery errors attributed to the child’s injury or disease, even if it is years down the road.
Death of Infants at Birth
Unfortunately, there are infants that do not survive until their first birthday. The Center for Disease Control collects data on these children that have birth/death links. In 2008, there were over 28,000 infants that died within 1 year of their birth in the U.S. The majority, accounting for two-thirds of all infant deaths was neonatal, meaning they lived for less than 28 days after their birth. Many of these deaths can be attributed problems that occurred either in development of the fetus or possibly from issues during pregnancy or the birth itself. For 2008, the top five reasons for infant death were:
- Congenital malformations. These were responsible for 20% of the infant deaths.
- Short gestation. 17% of infant deaths were thought to be linked to premature births or low birth weights.
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 8% of infants were classified to have died from SIDS.
- Maternal complications. 6% of all maternal deaths were thought to have been caused by issues during pregnancy or the delivery process.
- Accidental death. Unintentional accidents were involved with 5% of all infant deaths less than 1 year of age.
These five factors made up the majority of infant deaths, adding up to 57% of all deaths. Maternal complications and accidental deaths, where most birth injury deaths would be categorized made up over 3,000 of the infant deaths in 2008.
Experienced attorneys handling birth injury cases
The medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are available to evaluate your child’s birth injury case whether it occurred in a hospital in a small town or at medical center in a city. All birth injury cases are handled on a contingency fee, and there is never a charge unless we recover money for you. (888) 424-5757
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