If something goes wrong during the delivery of a baby, the consequences may be permanent. When doctors and nurses make mistakes, parents live with the consequences.
Hundreds of families in Illinois each year leave the hospital with more uncertainty than they ever could have imagined. Others discover only a birth injury after several months or years of unexplainable struggle.
An Illinois birth injury lawyer can help families recognize and respond to these unthinkable situations.
Possible Birth Injuries
- Bleeding in the brain
- Brain damage
- Brain swelling
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy (brachial plexus palsy)
- Facial paralysis
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, HIE (Injury to the brain cells from a lack of oxygen)
- Skull fracture
Symptoms of Birth Injury Include
- A “floppy” appearance indicating lack of muscle tone
- Abrasions, bruises, marks, or swelling on the baby’s face, head, or shoulder
- Failure of the infant to breath independently after delivery
- One arm that appears limp
- Requirement for CPR or introduction of a breathing tube to resuscitate the infant
- Seizures that develop within 48 hours of delivery
Please note that this list is meant to be a guideline. If you suspect your child is displaying these symptoms, or signs of delayed development, you should consult with your doctor immediately.
Birth Injury Lawyers in Illinois
As families struggle to make sense of what happened, they may seek the assistance of a birth injury lawyer. They can help the family understand their legal rights, the hospital’s liability, and if it is appropriate to file a lawsuit.
In the middle of an exhausting and painful tragedy, many parents must fight against a team of powerful hospital lawyers who have many ways to shut down valid claims.
Hiring a birth injury lawyer in Illinois levels the playing field. It gives you an advocate who will make sure that you and your family are treated fairly.
We can help you gather the documentation you need and file your claim quickly. This is important, as all claims are subject to state-determined statutes of limitations, which vary from state to state and rarely extend beyond a couple of years.
Get the help you need now. Call us at (872) 221-8367 today for a free consultation.