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No matter the cause, birth injuries are devastating to children and their entire families. Birth injuries occur from a wide range of factors, including medical malpractice, midwife negligence, and environmental or pharmaceutical exposure as well as other unknown causes. Many injuries and malformations, such as cerebral palsy, often take months or even years to manifest. Our birth injury attorneys have worked with families of injured children for over two decades and are passionate about protecting children’s rights. We represent clients nationwide and travel all over the country to provide counsel.
If you believe your child was harmed due to the fault of another, don’t hesitate to consult the skilled expertise of Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. Our team exhaustively investigates the circumstances surrounding our clients’ cases, using our 50+ years of collective experience and insight to benefit our clients. We have successfully handled over 10,000, partnering with top litigation firms around the U.S. to give injury victims the strongest possible cases.
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Common Birth Injuries
Each year, about 1 of every 33 infants born in the United States suffers a birth injury, according to CDC data. Injuries and defects can occur during any stage of pregnancy or delivery and are not always immediately diagnosed. We handle cases of birth injury caused by environmental exposure, medical negligence, and prescription drugs.
Environmental exposure leading to birth defects is particularly devastating to families since parents are often unaware of the relationship between toxins and fetal development. Living near hazardous waste sites is a known risk factor for several types of birth defects, including Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida. Pollutants and pesticides scientifically proven to cause birth defects include dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and mercury.
Among the most common birth injuries caused by medical negligence or toxic exposure include:
- Brachial plexus or Erb’s Palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Cleft lip or Cleft palate
- Club foot
- Fetal death or acidosis
- Heart defects
- Inadequate Caesarean section
- Spina bifida
Some examples of negligence by a medical professional that may lead to a birth injury include:
- Improper or wrongful medication administration
- Failure or delay in responding to a medical emergency
- Improper forceps use
- Failing to anticipate birth complications
Many pharmaceuticals are known to cause birth defects in infants exposed in-the-womb. Among the most well-known examples are birth defects in children born to mothers who took SSRI antidepressants, such as Paxil and Zoloft, during pregnancy. Other examples of medications that cause serious birth defects include Accutane and Thalamid.
Parents concerned whether their child’s birth injury was caused by the negligence of another should consider taking legal action immediately. Birth injuries are often the result of a complex combination of factors, and our team of lawyers understands how confusing and overwhelming it can be to pinpoint the exact cause. We can help you get to the root of what caused your child’s injury.
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.
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Trust Your Child’s Future to Our Capable 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 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) 794-0444 to discuss your birth injury claims with our personal injury attorneys. We can travel to you.
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Birth Injury FAQs
How will my medical bills get paid for?
Using your health insurance, if available, is normally your best option. If you do not have health insurance, there are still other available methods to pay your medical bills. For example, if your injury involved a motor vehicle accident, some policies contain provisions just for medical bills. Also, in some cases, the medical provider will wait until your case is settled before seeking any payment. There are still other possible options, such as federally paid benefits as well as certain types of medical loans which may be available to you. We can better discuss your options after we know more about your case.
Do I pay up front to hire an attorney from your firm?
No, you do not. We work on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if we win your case.
My child was injured—do I have a case?
There are three essentials that must be evidenced to successfully resolve a birth injury case. First, the health care provider must have performed with negligence. This means that the physician or other professional did not follow the normal standard of care advised for your delivery. Healthcare providers include hospitals, midwives, medical doctors, and most other types of healthcare professionals. Second, you or your child must sustain an injury, otherwise known as “damages”. Third, the damages, or your injury, must be “proximately” produced by the malpractice. Our experienced Chicago birth injury attorneys can evaluate your situation to assess whether it meets these three essential requirements.
How long will it take for my case to conclude?
All cases are different and some require more time and expertise than others. The length of time it takes to resolve a case depends on, to name a few factors, the type of injury, liability issues, amount and quality of insurance, amount of damages sought, and strategies of the parties involved. You can be assured that our firm will handle your case skillfully and professionally.
What is the statute of limitations for my case?
Each state differs in the time period you have to file, however the statute typically begins to run from the date the injured person knew or reasonably should have known of the injury. Our firm can professionally walk you through any exceptions to this rule.
Can you represent me in any state?
Attorneys are able to represent clients in any state either through the reciprocity of a state’s bar rules, court approval, or through local co–counsel. In 25 years, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented clients from nearly every state in the country.
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Since 1985, our Illinois injury firm has handled over 10,000 cases. Our birth injury lawyers have years of insight behind them and can travel throughout the U.S. to provide representation. We are here to capably answer any questions you may have, so do not hesitate to call us today.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Has 50+ Years of Combined Legal Experience
Our nationally respected personal injury lawyers fight to recovery the maximum amount of compensation for our clients across the United States. If you suspect your child was injured through medical negligence, environmental exposure, prescription medication, or any other cause, you need an advocate who understands your situation and can file a thorough birth injury lawsuit. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has experience and a successful history of representing families in cases just like yours since 1985.
For a free, no-obligation legal consultation, call (800) 794-0444.