Common Causes of Birth Injuries
Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys Advocating for Clients Nationwide
When a child is injured during delivery, it is important to first identify whether the injury was caused by medical negligence or natural causes. To have a valid claim, it must be proven that the healthcare professional's performance fell below the standard of care and directly led to the birth injury. Chicago birth injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have extensive experience working with clients throughout the United States, and we can travel directly to you. Turn to our nationally trusted firm for help with determining whether your child's injuries were caused by the negligence of a medical professional. With 50+ years of combined experience and more than 10,000 cases resolved, we are ready to help.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. We are available 24/7 and offer free case evaluations.
Identifying the Cause of a Birth Injury
We work alongside investigators, co-counsels and medical experts when reviewing your specific case to determine if legal action may be taken. If we conclude that your healthcare professional failed to meet the accepted standard of care, a birth injury lawsuit may be viable.
Some examples of medical negligence during the labor and delivery stage include the following:
- Failure to diagnose or treat infections
- Failure to monitor vital signs
- Failure to note and address changes in fetus
- Failure to perform a timely Caesarean
- Improper forceps or vacuum use
- Improper use of Pitocin and other medication errors
- Insufficient testing such as failure to diagnose preeclampsia or gestational diabetes
- Neglecting to perform tests during pregnancy
- Umbilical cord complications or placental abruption
Common Birth Injury Cases We Can Help With
Various birth injuries can be traced back to negligent care. Our firm can capably handle a wide variety of birth injury cases and can aggressively represent you and your baby's rights.
Some of the birth injury cases we can handle:
- Cerebral, Erb's, or Kumpke's Palsy
- Cranial nerve trauma
- Episiotomy injuries
- Failure to monitor vital signs
- Failure to perform timely Caesarean
- Fetal death or acidosis
- Fractures or breaks
- Group B strep infections
- Horner's syndrome
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
- Shoulder dystocia
- Spinal cord trauma
- Vacuum extraction
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen) resulting in brain damage
Various pharmaceutical drugs may also cause birth defects. A popular class of antidepressants known as SSRIs has been strongly linked to severe, often devastating birth injuries. Some of the most widely prescribed SSRIs include Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil. Many types of SNRIs cause birth defects as well, such as Effexor, Cymbalta, and Pristiq.
Dangerous Drugs May Contribute to Birth Injuries
The esteemed Mayo Clinic recently recognized the effects of antidepressants when taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, emphasizing Paxil and Pexeva in particular. Possible birth defects associated with these drugs include heart and lung problems, specifically persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). This condition occurs when an infant fails to breathe correctly outside the womb, often requiring intensive care support, including mechanical ventilators, to increase oxygen intake. If severe enough, PPHN can result in multiple organ damage, including brain damage and even death.
Trust Your Child's Future to Our Capable Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you won't pay any legal fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. Our Illinois birth injury lawyers can handle cases all over the country and will meet with clients to discuss their cases and their options. Consultations are completely free and can be set up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call (800) 774-7120 to discuss your birth injury claims with our Chicago personal injury attorneys. We can travel to you.