Springfield Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth injuries are devastating to families, and they can cause lifelong physical and emotional problems for infants. There is no guarantee that your child will not suffer complications from the birth injury.
Medical malpractice cases against doctors or facilities can be extremely complicated. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys understand building a strong case based on medical records, expert testimony, and other evidence.
Contact our Springfield, IL personal injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with your experienced birth injury attorney remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
The Devastation of a Birth Injury
The amount of medical attention every expectant mother requires is monumental, beginning from conception until months after delivery. Any buried complications that arise at any point through the process could be devastating.
According to the National Institute of Health, a high level of prenatal care can eliminate a difficult time birthing an infant early on. Often, birth injuries occur when the medical care provider is not prepared for an emergency or because an infant is experiencing medical problems.
In some birth injury cases, the doctor may have been able to save a child's life if they had given proper attention and care. However, the doctor may only have improved a child's life quality in other situations had they acted sooner.
Several factors can cause a birth injury. The birth complications that arise may demand immediate medical care or become chronic problems that the child has to live with for the rest of their lives.
Medical Malpractice Statistics and Birth Injury Statistics: How Often Do Birth Injuries Occur?
Medical malpractice and birth injury statistics show that medical negligence and birth injuries are more common than most people think.
In addition, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, birth injuries are more common than previously thought.
More than 4 million babies are born in the U.S. Unfortunately, every year, of those 4 million deliveries, nearly 29,000 result in birth injuries that go untreated. That means 3 out of every 1,000 women are affected by birth injuries.
Each year, more than 50,000 newborns experience devastating and common birth injuries that lead to long-term health issues. Birth injuries are a serious problem in the United States, and these statistics explain why.
Our team of medical malpractice lawyers is available to answer your questions about birth injuries.
If you are looking for information about birth injury lawsuits, our personal injury lawyers can help you. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation for anyone who must file a birth injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.
The Aftermath of a Difficult Birthing Process when the Doctor Fails to Follow Protocol
Taking care of a child with a birth injury can be emotionally and mentally draining without the added financial burden of providing the required medical care and therapy.
So it is, for this reason, the Springfield cerebral palsy attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to pursuing fair compensation on behalf of anyone whose child has been injured at birth due to medical malpractice.
We believe that nobody should be forced to endure this kind of hardship alone and are happy to help families find the support and resources they need to provide for their special needs children and ensure that they can thrive well into adulthood.
Caring for Children with a Birth Injury is Costly
We often see recoveries over $5 million for families whose children were permanently injured at birth due to the exorbitant cost of providing medical care for someone over the entire course of their lifetime.
Regular doctor visits, physical therapy, surgeries, and other special medical treatments may all be part of the treatment plan for a child with a birth injury. Unfortunately, this care can become so expensive that it cripples the family's finances.
The child's needs may require that one of the parents leave the workforce, further burdening the family by reducing its overall income.
If your child's injuries were due to medical malpractice, there is no reason whatsoever that you should be forced to carry this financial weight.
Our Springfield birth injury lawyers can help ease your burden by making sure that the hospital and staff responsible are required to provide compensation that you can use for your out-of-pocket expenses, lost time from work, medical care and pain, and suffering.
Types of Injuries That Result in Springfield Birth Injury Claims
Hypoxia and jaundice are two conditions frequently linked to a birth injury, and both can result from complications and injuries endured throughout pregnancy or during birth.
Therefore, medical professionals must properly evaluate expectant mothers to assess the risk of complications and identify issues that could present concerns during labor.
These concerns can include the following.
- Fetal distress: Several injuries or conditions can send the child into distress and prompt the need for immediate action. It is why it is imperative that a nurse properly monitors the child's vital signs during labor and delivery so that the doctor can know if and when there is a problem. The failure to quickly order a timely C-section can be the greatest contributing factor in some birth injury cases.
- Jaundice: Bumps and bruises are expected during delivery, and in device-assisted deliveries, children may endure treatable injuries due to the nature of the delivery. When caught and treated quickly, jaundice is practically harmless, but the failure to notice it can be catastrophic because of the liver's inability to process bilirubin at such a young age. It can lead to brain damage. There is simply no excuse for this type of injury when considering that jaundice can be detected by merely looking at a newborn child.
- Infections before or following birth: Infants do not have fully developed immune systems, making it easy for an infection to have severe consequences by invading critical organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain. All this can lead to some complications, brain damage included.
- Misinterpreted test results: Medical professionals must make sure they are properly interpreting test results and communicating with the lab when a result does not make sense. The failure of health care professionals to interpret test results can cause a failed diagnosis or the selection of the wrong treatment plan.
- Undetected membrane ruptures: A ruptured membrane can quickly lead to oxygen deprivation, which is a large contributing factor to the development of cerebral palsy or another birth injury. The risk increases exponentially when the rupture has gone undetected for more than 24 hours.
- Umbilical cord compression: The umbilical cord is the lifeline between mother and child, providing much-needed oxygen to the baby throughout gestation. When it becomes compressed or tangled, this essential oxygen supply is significantly cut back, leading to severe brain damage. The cord also provides vital nutrients, and on more than one occasion, a knot or tangling of the cord has reduced this flow to a trickle.
- Amputation of hands during delivery: During a C-section, physicians must incise the abdomen wall. The skin is then pulled apart, exposing the uterine wall. Although the baby's hands are most likely to become trapped between the skin and uterine wall, it is also possible for the doctor to mistakenly cut off the child's hand. It is so easily avoidable, considering that the doctor will have an assistant pulling at each leg and watching them by an anesthesiologist.
- Fetal head entrapment: When the doctor has not properly aligned the baby's head, there are two possible consequences. Once the head is at an angle during delivery, which can suffocate the child if not corrected quickly enough. The other is the child's entire head getting stuck inside of the mother. If doctors do not monitor the baby's heart rate to determine if it stays within a healthy range during delivery, it can occur. It can lead to several issues, including brain damage.
- Hemorrhages: Intrauterine bleeding is most dangerous, which occurs when a baby's mother has a uterine rupture or when the mother bleeds out. It is a life-threatening situation for both child and mother but can almost always be avoided using standard delivery practices.
- Meconium aspiration: When the child's first stool, meconium, is passed into the amniotic fluid, it is at risk of meconium aspiration. This process is when the meconium gets into the child's lungs, preventing them from receiving the oxygen they need to maintain healthy brain development. It can lead to serious damage or death.
- Shoulder dystocia is when there is a delay in the delivery of the baby's shoulders while the child is in an oblique position. It can be caused by the mother's pelvic bone structure but is typically the result of poor fetal positioning. It causes suffocation and damage to the child's brain.
- Inadequate caloric intake: A lack of appropriate nutrients for the mother is an issue that not only produces long-term ramifications for the child but can lead to serious health complications for both. It is often due to some factors, including poor prenatal care or the lack of a healthy diet. An important factor to remember is that malnutrition during pregnancy can severely limit the child's brain development, impairing them for the rest of their lives.
- Malnutrition during pregnancy: Malnutrition is a direct cause of CP, but it can produce long-term effects on the child's brain development. A lack of iron in the mother's diet can lead to "peripheral artery disease, which is associated with interfering with oxygen flow to the fetus."
When proving medical malpractice, we must show that medical professionals did not act in the same manner their peers would have under the same circumstances.
Do you feel that your child's injuries were due to negligence? If so, we can review your medical records to assess how well the doctors and attending staff members handled your pregnancy, delivery, and recovery period to determine whether they met their duty of care.
The Illinois Statute of Limitations for Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Under Illinois law, victims who develop cerebral palsy and other birth injuries have the legal right to file a medical malpractice claim seeking maximum compensation from all parties involved.
However, the state legislature restricts the amount of time the victim or their families can file a claim to two years. The statute of limitations is not based on the victim's age but rather at what point they are deemed capable of filing a claim.
The period files a medical malpractice claim begins once the child turns 18, or if younger than that when they reach the age of majority plus four years.
If you have any questions regarding your right to file a birth injury claim, contact our birth injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the best legal options to recover compensation.
An experienced birth injury lawyer can file a medical malpractice case against the hospital, medical team, doctor, nurse, or other health care provider, citing doctors' negligence leading to damages. Unfortunately, many birth injuries are the result of health care provider negligence.
Compensation Available in Birth Injury Cases
Determining the value of a medical malpractice case can be difficult. The evidence and facts of every birth injury case are unique, as is the extent of the child's injuries in the financial needs in dealing with temporary or permanent disabilities.
Our birth injury lawyers have represented many clients throughout the years, ensuring that they receive maximum compensation.
To do this, victims of medical malpractice have the right to demand monetary recovery for damages that the child suffers.
If convicted, health care professionals are responsible for:
- All past, present, and future expenses related to medical treatment,
- Rehabilitation costs,
- Scheduled surgeries
- Adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers
- Home modifications
- Specialized transportation services
- Occupational and physical therapy,
- A lifetime of care and support
- And other damages that were caused by medical malpractice
The total value of a child's birth injury claim can amount to millions of dollars over time. If you feel like the negligence of medical staff has led to your child's injuries, contact our super lawyers immediately for a Free Case Review.
Our birth injury lawyers are available 24/7 to take your call, chat live with us on our website, or submit the diagnosis form at the top of this page.
We are here for you and offer a "No Win / No Fee" Guarantee, ensuring that you will not be held liable for attorney's fees if we do not win your case. We are here to help you. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 now.
Holding Medical Professionals Accountable for Permanent Injuries and Wrongful Death
Many birth injuries result in permanent injuries and wrongful death. Our birth injury attorneys have filed personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits against hospitals and medical professionals whose negligence harmed our clients.
Medical negligence can lead to preventable death when the staff fails to provide appropriate care promptly.
Did your child's medical professionals fail to perform a procedure that would have prevented the child's injuries? If so, you have the right to file a lawsuit against those negligent physicians and health care providers.
When hospitals or medical staff fail to exercise reasonable care, and this failure results in death, the survivors of the deceased patient may file a wrongful death claim against those responsible. Our personal injury lawyers will file your wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Our law firm has a team of expert pediatricians, medical doctors, attorneys, and other health care professionals working to ensure that we maximize any damages awarded for your child's injuries.
Our Springfield Birth Injury Lawyers Will Review Your Claim for Free
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a leading advocate for those who care for children injured at birth, and we can make sure that you do not need to provide for your special needs child without the support and resources you need.
Our law firm understands that your family suffers alongside your child and will do whatever it takes to provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child's needs will be met for their entire lifetime.
Contact a birth injury lawyer at (888) 424-5757 (for immediate legal advice and schedule a free case evaluation.
Please speak with our birth injury lawyers so our law firm can collect the information we need to conduct our investigation into your claim.
After we review your medical records and seek the opinion of medical experts and economists, we can accurately determine the value of your case and pursue an appropriate level of compensation that will ensure all your future expenses will be covered.
If your Springfield birth injury lawyer cannot secure damages on your behalf, you are assured that our services will come free of charge.