While the birth of a child should always be a joyous event, many families in Illinois and across the country go through the painful and devastating experience of birth and pediatric injuries. According to the CDC, there were 4,825 infant deaths in 2015. The rate of preventable birth trauma per 1,000 live births was 1.91 in 2012.
 

Common Types of Birth Injuries

An injury during birth can take many forms and can affect the mother, baby or both. Common birth injuries in Chicago and across the nation include:

  • Brain injuries such as anoxia, hypoxia, brain ischemia, birth asphyxia, perinatal asphyxia and others, caused by lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain
  • Cerebral palsy (CP), which can cause developmental delays and serious mobility problems
  • Cephalohematoma, which is a bruising of the tissue between the brain and the outer skin
  • Muscle injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures, often caused by excessive force during delivery
  • Brachial Plexus, which is an injury to the baby’s arm
  • Erb’s Palsy, a type of brachial plexus affecting the upper arm
  • Klumpke’s Palsy, a type of brachial plexus affecting the lower arm
  • Shoulder Dystocia, caused by the infant’s head getting trapped during delivery
  • Infections affecting the baby
  • Infections affecting the mother
  • Hemorrhaging of the mother
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome, which is a type of breathing problem caused by distress to the infant during delivery
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

What to Do If You Sustained a Birth Injury in Chicago

Birth injuries in the mother or newborn are devastating and should always be investigated. In many cases, they’re not caused by happenstance but rather by a failure on the part of medical staff to properly monitor, diagnose and treat the mother and infant through pregnancy, labor and delivery.

If you suspect you or your child may have suffered a labor and delivery injury in any Chicago hospital or setting, contact a birth injury lawyer to find out whether you have a claim. If you’ve suffered a labor and delivery surgical injury or any injury related to delivery, the medical expenses for you and your child may be considerable.

In the event that your child has sustained a permanent injury, they may need a lifetime of medical care, and their income potential may be smaller. With the help of a birth injury attorney in Chicago, you can seek compensation now to pay for quality care for your child now and in the future, ensuring that they have the brightest possible tomorrow. Your attorney can seek the fairest compensation so that your child is protected throughout their life.

Protecting the Futures of Injured Children in Chicago

Argionis & Associates is deeply committed to children and families in our community. We work hard on behalf of families who have been devastated by preventable injury and negligence. Since we understand the worry of a serious injury, we work on contingency, meaning you only pay legal fees if and when we win on your behalf. To learn more, contact Argionis & Associates online, or call us at (312) 782-4545 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.