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3 Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

When a baby is injured before, during or immediately following birth, parents are devastated. It is a hard thing to learn that serious or permanent damage has been done. They go from dreaming about all the possibilities for their child to confronting the reality of all the limitations and challenges that now lay ahead. It is important to […]

Understanding Medical Malpractice (Infographic)

Understanding medical malpractice

Understanding medical malpractice and why it happens can be difficult. This post and infographic will hopefully help. When we go to a doctor or hospital, we put our faith in the ability of our doctors to provide us with a certain level of skilled health care. We do so because one of the most fundamental […]

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

A bad outcome to a medical procedure is the last thing anyone plans on when going to the doctor.  After all, you go to the doctor to be healed. It is possible, however, that despite a doctor’s best efforts you won’t get better. If a doctor does the best job he or she can do […]

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Complications and bad outcomes are always a possibility in medical treatment. When doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to adhere to an established standard of care and that leads to injury, illness or death, it is a case of medical malpractice. Malpractice can take place at almost any stage of medical treatment — from […]

What your lawyer doesn’t know about birth injuries can be devastating.

What your lawyer doesn't know about birth-injuries can be devastating.

Joy and celebration should fill the home when a new child joins your family. But there are cases where sadness, fear, and anxiety dominate the day. This is because sometimes our children are the victim of a birth injury. While advances in medical care and better training and attentiveness of doctors and nurses have brought […]

A message of hope for families affected by Cerebral Palsy (SlideShare)

Cerebral Palsy, A Message of Hope for Illinois Families

We frequently work with families struggling to understand a cerebral palsy diagnosis, including what caused the condition and how it will impact their child’s future. To provide a resource and starting place for these families, we recently published a white paper titled “Cerebral Palsy: A Message Of Hope For Illinois Families.” The most important piece […]

My baby was born with a birth injury now what?

My baby was born with a birth injury now what?

A birth injury or defect is the last thing on any parent’s mind on the day their child is born. They have had a plan they followed for 9 months and this is the day it all comes together, but complications can arise. During the pregnancy, labor, and delivery there are situations and events that […]

CDC reports decline in number of C-sections performed in U.S.

For an expectant mother, a vaginal delivery is typically expected and preferred. There are, however, cases where the health and very lives of mother and child are at risk. When these types of labor and delivery emergencies occur, doctors and nurses must often act to deliver a baby as quickly as possible which typically means […]

Doctor’s failed forceps delivery blamed in baby’s death

The birth of every child is special and unique. For most parents, the labor and delivery of a child culminates with the happy arrival of a healthy baby. However, in cases where complications occur during a baby’s delivery, a very different and tragic scenario may play out. After a normal and healthy pregnancy, a petite […]

New definitions may help reduce birth injuries and complications

Expectant parents are often overcome by feelings of anxiety and joy about the impending arrival of a baby. Expectant mothers in particular go the many highs and lows of pregnancy all with the expectation of holding a healthy baby at the end of their long journey. While medical advances have greatly improved prenatal care and […]

Johns Hopkins involved in birth injury suit

In March 2010, an expecting mother was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The following February, she and her husband would sue the facility for the complications they believe were caused by the hospital staff. According to the lawsuit, the parents believed that their son had suffered a birth injury in the form of oxygen deprivation. […]

Delayed care during labor caused child’s severe birth injuries

A terribly botched delivery that led to the baby being born with severe brain damage has led to a $33.5 million verdict in favor of the child’s parents. Parents in Joliet may be interested to know of this example of a doctor and medical facility being held responsible for birth injuries that have lifelong consequences. […]

Midwest hospital settles birth injury lawsuit for $5.25M

Birth injuries can turn any expectant parent’s dream of welcoming a new child into the world into an all-out nightmare. All too often, negligence that occurs during labor, delivery or immediately following delivery causes permanent damage to fragile newborns. When birth injuries do occur, hospitals and doctors can often be sued for damages. In a […]

C SAFE device may reduce birth injuries during C-sections

Cesarean sections are among the most common operations in Illinois and around the country as more and more births are conducted using this surgery. One estimate says that up to one-third of births are now done by C-section. While C-sections are sometimes necessary, in many cases the surgeon causes harm to the mother or the […]

Women are not always informed about decisions made during labor

As we have mentioned in other posts on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, birth injuries have the potential to cause irreparable damage to mothers and their babies. And even when birth injuriesare minor and result in temporary pain and suffering, no mother and no child in Illinois should have to experience injuries during birth […]

Illinois doctors sued for failing to address fetal distress signs

The birth of a child in Chicago should be remembered as one of the most joyous moments of one’s life. Although many women in Illinois have had great experiences when giving birth and holding their babies for the first time, there are also women who have not had the best experiences. In some cases, giving […]

Baby suffers birth injuries after delayed C-section, lawsuit states

Last week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we had mentioned that a woman suffered serious complications after a routine Cesarean section because her doctor had failed to properly clean the surgery site before and after the operation. The woman developed an infection and was forced to undergo additional surgeries to get rid of […]

Study shows effects of blood pressure problems during pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, even with morning sickness, trouble sleeping and other first-time experiences. It’s also a time when a woman’s health should be carefully monitored by Chicago physicians to avoid pregnancy-related injuries and birth injuries. For example, not monitoring a woman’s blood pressure during checkups while she is pregnant could be extremely harmful. […]

Study: Heart problems spike for older pregnant women in late term

Bringing a child into the world is something women get to experience only a few times in life. Each pregnancy offers a unique experience for women, and each pregnancy should be treated as such by Chicago physicians. To make sure expecting mothers and their unborn babies receive proper medical care and attention throughout pregnancy and […]

Hospital’s delayed C-section prompts multi-million jury award

Parents may never be more vulnerable or dependent upon medical professionals in any situation other than child birth. Chicago hospitals, doctors and nurses are required to minimize the risk of birth injuries by carefully monitoring mothers in labor and their unborn children. Any preventable error during labor and delivery could cause permanent harm to a […]

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