Subconjunctival Hemorrhaging Attorney: Chicago, Illinois
Subconjunctival hemorrhaging occurs when a burst blood vessel in the eye ruptures and is a common occurrence in newborns that have been through a difficult birth and procedures such as forceps and vacuum assisted delivery.
Known commonly as red eye, this is one of the most common birth injuries and usually carries a positive prognosis with proper care, monitoring and medical treatment.
On occasion, failure to diagnose subconjunctival hemorrhaging can result in permanent impairment to the child's vision if the eye becomes infected or the cause of the red eye is an undiagnosed infection.
Negligence Cases for Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC' birth injury lawyers represent families throughout Illinois whose children have been harmed during or following birth due to medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys van help you and your family with serious birth injuries.
When a medical mistake happens during the birth process, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Give us a phone call or fill out the contact form today to set up your free consultation.
Causes of Red Eye
A lot of pressure is applied to a newborn's head and face during delivery and this pressure is amplified if prolonged labor requires the use of forceps or a vacuum to assist the delivery. This pressure can cause serious injury to the head, face and skull— most of which involve ruptured blood vessels and swelling.
Subconjunctival hemorrhaging can be caused by any of the following.
- Forceps delivery
- Vacuum extraction
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Rough or aggressive treatment of the mother or too much pressure on the child during or after delivery
If the child's red eye was the result of improper or negligent use of delivery instruments, the attending staff may be liable for any complications that arise due to the initial injuries.
The majority of red eye cases that cause long term harm are undiagnosed and this failure to diagnose and treat red eye can be classified as medical malpractice and a failure to meet the standard of care.
Complications Associated With Subconjunctival Hemorrhaging
Untreated subconjunctival hemorrhaging can have lasting effects on the child. If the red eye is caused by an infection, the infection can spread, often leading to more serious conditions.
Hemorrhaging caused by trauma may become infected and pose the same risks if untreated and all cases of red eye that go unnoticed can cause permanent harm to the child's vision. All of these birth injuries are preventable, and medical professionals who fail to provide adequate care should be accountable for their actions.
Doctors can sometimes prevent this condition with a cesarean section if the difficulty arises because the baby cannot make it through the birth canal.
In severe cases or if left untreated, this type of injury can also cause:
- Facial paralysis
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Birth Injuries
If your newborn baby was injured during birth and you believe that medical negligence contributed their injuries, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today to schedule a free consultation. We also handle cases involving birth defects or other common types of birth injury.
Our offices are located throughout Illinois and if you are not close to one of our locations, we can travel to meet you. During your consultation, a birth injury attorney will review the details of your case, address your concerns and guide you through the process of litigation so that you know your rights and what to expect moving forward.
As a plaintiff, you can recover damages such and pain and suffering and medical bills. The defendant may also have to pay medical costs for the child's entire lifetime.
If for any reason we are unable to win or settle your case, our services will be free of charge.