Group B Strep Birth Injury Attorneys: Chicago, Illinois
More than one quarter of women carry the Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacteria that poses no harm to adults. With no physical symptoms, most Group B Strep carriers have no idea that that they indeed are carriers and pregnant women could potentially transfer the bacteria to their newborn child during the labor and delivery process.When it comes to Group B Strep, the medical professional must practice effective disease control so that a pregnant woman does not sicken their infant.
Attorneys for Group B Strep Cases Fighting for Your Newborn Baby's Legal Rights
If you believe that your child's injury occurred as a result of medical malpractice, you can take legal action against the health care provider. When you need a medical malpractice attorney, contact the legal team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC. We handle Strep B cases and have extensive experience in other lawsuits involving birth injuries in the Chicago area and across the Midwest. Contact us today or fill out a contact form to schedule your free consultation.
How an Undiagnosed Bacterial Infection Harms a Child
Unlike adults, GBS poses a risk of serious harm to a baby who may not have the antibodies to fend off the infection. Newborns exposed to GBS bacteria risk developing potentially deadly conditions such as:
- Brain damage
- Hearing loss
- Cerebral palsy
The Hospital Staff Must Recognize the Dangers
The medical community has long known of the potential dangers GBS poses to newborns and the standard of care now dictates that all expectant mothers get tested for Group B Strep during the third trimester of their pregnancy— regardless if they have been tested during earlier pregnancies.
Healthcare providers must know the risk factors and the type of bacteria for which they should be checking. If the dangers are pronounced, they should consider a cesarean section.
Post-Birth Medical Care for Children Exposed to GBS
When women test positive for GBS, OB/GYN's should make note of the findings and devise a plan to minimize the baby's exposure during the birthing process. The most common methods of preventing Group B Step disease in babies to administer antibiotics to the mother during labor.
While antibiotics and other preventative measures may reduce a newborn's chance of contracting Group B Strep, all newborns born to women who are GBS carriers should be carefully monitored to identify the earliest manifestations of the disease.
Babies with Group B Strep may have one or more of the following:
- Erratic heart rates
- Difficulty latching on to mother's breast or feeding
- Variation in body temperature
- Bluish coloring (cyanosis)
- Periods without breathing
- Unusually anxious behavior
- Developmental disabilities
Depending on the physician's preference as well as the presence of certain conditions, newborns that have been exposed to GBS may be given intravenous antibiotics as a treatment or prophylactic. The medical bills for these injuries can be extensive.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys for GBS Infection Cases Involving Injuries to Newborns
The medical negligence attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have significant experience with the medical standards concerning Group B Strep screening and treatment. If your child has manifested any conditions that relate to Group B Strep we would honor the chance to talk with you about your legal rights for you and your child. We can provide you with legal advice about your case.
It is crucial to remember that all legal actions are governed by a statute of limitations where legal action must be commenced within a statutory time constraint. A failure to act within the time parameters can result in your child losing out on his or her legal rights for a recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.