Coping with a birth-related injury is traumatic and overwhelming to a family.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that 3% of all newborns have some form of a birth defect and these account for close to 20% of all newborn fatalities.
Birth Defects Defined
The CDC describes a birth defect as something that occurs inside of the baby before birth. This can happen at any time, from conception up until birth. Birth defects often develop as the internal organs are forming and can be caused by any number of factors:
- drinking alcohol
- use of drugs
- a medical condition suffered by the mother, such as diabetes
- the mother’s age
Birth Injury Defined
A birth injury is an event that occurs during the pregnancy or birth that causes harm to the mother, baby, or both. Some birth injuries are minor, while others can alter the course of your baby’s life before it even begins. There are preventable birth injuries that are so severe they can lead to death. Any number of circumstances can cause a birth injury, including negligence by the doctor and/or the medical team either during the pregnancy, during labor and delivery, or in the moments following the birth.
Preventable Birth Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy – An irreversible injury to the brain characterized by muscle spasms, weak muscle development, and lack of motor skills. This is a condition that will result in your child needing life-long special care.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Often caused by the misuse of forceps or a meningeal tear, neurological problems and even paralysis can occur.
- Clavicle Bone Fracture – Although this will typically heal over time, a clavicle bone fracture is painful for an infant and is usually caused by a traumatic delivery.
- Brachial Plexus Injuries (BPI) – This type of injury affects the bundle of nerves at the upper spine that radiate to the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand of an infant. Approximately 10% of BPI results in a permanent disability, which occurs from excessive forceps use.
Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
A birth injury is especially devastating for a family when it is discovered the injury was preventable, had the staff and physician been following the standard of care. If you believe that your newborn’s injury is due to medical negligence, speak with a Chicago birth injury attorney from Willens Law Offices. We can help you in recovering compensation, so that you can focus on improving the quality of life for your injured infant. Call us at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.