Obstetric Malpractice Lawyers in Illinois
Many birth injuries are obvious. Parents are almost immediately aware of swelling and bruises on their child's head, face, shoulders and torso soon after the birth of the child. When a baby has a paralyzed face, only part of the face will move and react to stimulus. Some injuries, however, are not physically apparent until later in the child's development. Brain injuries, such as cerebral palsy, may not show signs or symptoms until nearly one year of age.
In either case, the moment you notice an injury, you should seek medical attention. If you discover that the injury may have been caused by malpractice, seek the help of an experienced obstetric malpractice lawyer at Strong Law Offices in Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield, and Decatur, Illinois. Call 1-800-234-0090.
Compensation for Victims of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can be caused during fetal development at or during the birthing process or shortly after birth. There are many different causes of birth injuries and most are not serious and heal within a few weeks. However, there are more serious birth injuries that can occur shortly before, during or after delivery that cause devastating neurological injuries such as cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy.
If your child's cerebral palsy, Bell's palsy, Erb's palsy, brain damage, brachial plexus, Horner's syndrome or shoulder dystocia was proximately caused by the negligence of a hospital, OB-GYN or other health care provider, we will vigorously represent you.
Cerebral palsy is an injury to the brain that can be caused by a multitude of conditions associated with the lack of oxygen to the baby's brain. These conditions can occur before, during or after delivery, and can cause irreparable harm and permanent damage to the baby's brain resulting in a different degree of cognitive speech and motor deficits.
Some infants' injuries may be diagnosed shortly after birth, while other cases may not be apparent until the child is older and not reaching developmental milestones.
Erb's palsy is an injury to the upper nerves of the baby's arm during delivery that can result in permanent paralysis of the arm or difficulty with hand movements. Erb's palsy can be caused by shoulder dystocia, where the baby's shoulder gets trapped under the mother's pubic bone during the birthing process, resulting in nerve injury of the baby's arm and shoulder. In some cases, Erb's palsy may cause irreparable harm and result in permanent damage.
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If the birth injury prognosis is to be permanent, parents must think about the long-term care of the child from medical bills and physical therapy to assisted care and adaptive technologies, depending upon the extent of the injury or disability of the child.
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The attorneys at Strong Law Offices will review and evaluate the facts in case to determine who, if anyone, is responsible for the birth injury. If you think that you or your child has been a victim of substandard care by a hospital or other healthcare professional, please contact our office.
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