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INJURY DURING LABOR AND BIRTH ATTORNEYS I ROMANUCCI & BLANDIN

Every pregnant parent hopes for a healthy child. When injures to a baby take place during birth the impact is devastating, even leading to wrongful death. Injuries can cause both physical harm as well as developmental or intellectual delays in the child. Unfortunately, injures are not only possible to the newborn. Mothers can also suffer severe injuries during childbirth that lead to medical treatment, pain and lifestyle change or even death. When the unthinkable happens during labor and delivery, it's important to consult a traumatic birth injury attorney to help you with your birth injury claims.

Whether a child is born through a vaginal delivery or a first-time c-section or VBAC, there are risks and there can be preventable mistakes or negligence that cause birth trauma and birth injuries that can have profound ramifications on a family.

While patients in the United States benefit from some of the highest-ranking and most capable healthcare providers in the world, thousands of mistakes happen by doctors and nurses every year, which cause injures and even death. When health care providers violate the standard of care all patients deserve, you need a skilled legal team to handle your birth injury case.

Patients and their families put a tremendous amount of trust in obstetricians, nurses and other medical experts, but not all of them deserve that trust or conduct themselves within the guidelines of medical ethics, patient safety or state laws. In addition, mistakes happen. But anyone who encounters these problems in the birth of their child deserves justice.

Labor and delivery injuries can happen because of errors or negligence by the healthcare professionals. The consequences of a birth injury can be devastating, causing brain injuries, skull fractures, nerve damage, hemorrhage or intracranial hemorrhage, or hypoxia leading to Birth AsphyxiaBirth ParalysisC-Section ErrorCerebral PalsyIntellectual & Developmental DisabilitiesShoulder Dystocia. Tragically, birth injuries can even lead to wrongful death.

Birth Injuries in vaginal deliveries and c-sections

If a mother delivers a child in a so-called natural delivery, there are many types of common birth injuries that can occur. A breech delivery may require the use of forceps or a vacuum extraction to move the child through the birth canal.  These procedures can cause facial nerve injuries or hematoma, injuries to the baby’s head, caput succedaneum, bone fractures, nerve damage and spinal cord injuries. Injuries like clavicle trauma, brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy and Horner’s syndrome can occur. The mother’s pelvis can suffer traumatic injury as well.

In other situations, doctors may not detect or properly manage fetal distress, problems with a uterine rupture or birth injuries such as shoulder dystocia. In other cases, an umbilical cord can be wrapped around a baby’s neck, which restricts blood flow, causes oxygen deprivation and brain damage that can sometimes require resuscitation and lead to long-term impairment for the child. One of the most severe outcomes in this situation is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE.

On the other hand, a mother may deliver her baby via a cesarean section because there are problems with the placenta or other factors in vaginal delivery like fetal distress, putting mother and child at risk for C-Section Error. This procedure is major surgery for the mother, with risk factors related to an epidural, infection, or a hemorrhage to name a few. 

Premature birth

Not all babies are fortunate enough to make it to their due date, and a small percentage are born premature. These live but premature births come with unique risks and can be traumatic for infant and mother.  Premature deliveries often result in expensive and upsetting hospital stays and parents have questions about the care received by their obstetrician. In some very unfortunate circumstances, there is loss of life. We know the questions to ask to fully understand what happened to you your baby. Did the physician know enough? Do enough to manage the pregnancy and any risk factors the mother or baby had? 

Birth injury lawyers to investigate your claim

With headquarters in Chicago, Romanucci & Blandin approaches a birth injury action as a way to provide monetary compensation and hold a culpable medical professional or institution financially accountable and responsible for the physical and emotional damages that have occurred.

Our law firm has a team of personal injury attorneys and staff who have years of experience with birth injury litigation. Our team includes partners who guide the process and share their deep knowledge of these types of lawsuits. Each client and each situation is different, and your claim is treated with great care and respect as the team investigates what happened and determines the best path to justice for you.

At Romanucci & Blandin, our personal injury lawyers research the most up-to-date birth injury laws and hire trained and experienced birth injury experts to work as expert witnesses and consultants on your cases. We will evaluate the birth injury claim and research the relevant statute of limitations applicable to your case. Whether it is to review medical bills, medical malpractice laws, standard of care and other medical negligence of hospitals, obstetricians and other health care providers, we work to locate and utilize the best medical experts and expert witnesses across the country who are experienced in all the relevant state laws.

We know exactly what to do to litigate your birth injury case. Our team of birth trauma litigation attorneys understands how to proceed with your medical malpractice claim, work with an insurance company, monitor your statute of limitations and fight for justice through legal action. We will obtain all necessary medical records, interview witnesses, and prepare thoroughly and meticulously for your day in court. Ultimately, our aim is to obtain the maximum compensation possible so that you and your family can move on with your life.

Free consultation on your case by a Chicago-based birth injury attorney

The injury during birth lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin have proven success in these types of cases. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or wrongful death, please contact our office at Info@rblaw.net, 312-458-1000 or click here for a free evaluation of your case. There is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries at the end of the case.

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