Rh disease occurs when a woman with Rh negative blood type is pregnant by an Rh positive man. The fetus will always be Rh positive and even if the pregnancy terminates early, some fetal red blood cells will get into the mother’s system and lead to the development of Rh antibodies. This is called sensitization. These antibodies will destroy a fetus’ red blood cells before birth. There is usually no injury to the fetus during the sensitizing pregnancy, but the Rh positive fetus in a subsequent pregnancy can be severely injured even with prompt recognition and treatment.
The best way to avoid this injury is to properly treat the mother during the first pregnancy to avoid the sensitization by administering a drug called RHOgam. A severely affected fetus may die before birth or suffer severe newborn jaundice. At times the fetus may require exchange blood transfusion while in the uterus.
At the law offices of Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we represent people in Chicago, Illinois, and surrounding areas who were injured when a doctor failed to diagnose or treat Rh and ABO incompatibility.
Our attorneys understand how devastating injuries in the birthing process can be to you and your family. Our team of professional doctors and trial lawyers has handled numerous birth injury cases throughout the Chicago area. We will aggressively fight to obtain compensation and have the responsible party held liable for its negligent actions.
We can help you seek compensation for medical treatment, special equipment, in-home help, and other future medical needs. We are committed to helping you get results and receive a justifiable outcome.
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We understand the emotional toil that comes along with birth injuries. We know that legal action may not be the first thing on your mind right now. But when you are ready to explore your legal options, we will be here for you.