Attorneys Dealing with Serious Birth Injuries in Springfield
Obtaining compensation for lifelong financial and emotional losses
Sometimes responsible doctors have advanced warning that a delivery may be high risk, and they take appropriate steps to reduce that risk. But too many times, a doctor may overlook or ignore the warning signs. And when an otherwise normal delivery suddenly turns into an emergency situation, even an experienced doctor can panic. An unprepared or panicky can make bad decisions and cause irreversible damage to you and your baby.
At Londrigan Potter Randle P.C., we understand the devastating emotional and financial consequences of a serious birth injury. That compassion is our driving force in our representation: a doctor who is truly responsible for your baby’s injury must be held responsible at the highest level.
What are some causes of birth injuries in Illinois?
A little-known rule of thumb that some doctors use is that a woman’s shoe size determines the maximum weight of a baby that she can safely deliver. Alert doctors might be able to predict a large baby if the mother has diabetes or a family history of large births and plan a delivery via C-section. In rare occasions, a large baby may get stuck in the mother’s birth canal and medical malpractice may result. Other problems include:
- Delayed C-section. A doctor may insist on a vaginal delivery even when it is clear that the mother needs a C-section.
- Excessive physical force. Some doctors try to pull the baby out of the mother, but the newborn is so small and delicate that any such force can be very dangerous for the baby.
- Mechanically assisted delivery. Other doctors may turn to forceps, which resembles giant salad tongs, or a vacuum extractor, which uses compressed air to suck the baby out of the birth canal.
- Episiotomy. These surgical incisions designed to widen the mother’s vaginal opening were once very common, but are now highly discouraged because of their ineffectiveness and serious side effects.
- Premature C-section. A desperate doctor may begin operating on the mother before the anesthesia has taken full effect.
What are some types of birth injuries?
Newborns and senior citizens are the most vulnerable to personal injury. In the case of a newborn, common injuries that Londrigan Potter Randle attorneys see include:
- Cerebral palsy. If the baby is not delivered in a timely manner, the lack of oxygen can result in permanent brain damage in only a few minutes.
- Erb’s palsy. A baby’s brachial plexus (shoulder and arm area) may suffer permanent nerve damage from the doctor pulling on the newborn. The nerve damage often includes paralysis.
- Maternal bleeding and wrongful death: An improper episiotomy or rushed surgical procedure can result in serious bleeding. Some mothers and babies may even bleed to death.
Work with a serious lawyer for a serious birth injury
At Londrigan Potter Randle, our attorneys help families obtain financial compensation for the serious emotional and financial losses accompanying a severe birth injury. Contact Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. at 866.658.3248 or online to schedule your free consultation.