Understanding birth injuries in Illinois

On Behalf of | May 2, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Birth injuries can occur when medical professionals do not provide the necessary level of care to a mother and child during labor and delivery. These injuries can be caused by medical negligence and can result in serious, lifelong health problems for the child.

Brachial plexus palsy

This is a type of birth injury that can occur when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck during delivery. This can damage the nerves in the baby’s arm and cause paralysis. In most cases, the paralysis is temporary, but it can lead to long-term problems, and that’s why it’s a common source of medical malpractice claims.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects movement and muscle coordination. It’s caused by damage to the brain, typically during pregnancy or delivery. Cerebral palsy can cause lifelong disability and requires ongoing medical care.

Facial paralysis

Facial paralysis can occur when the facial nerve gets damaged during delivery. This can cause one side of the face to droop or become paralyzed. This problem is treatable, but it can require surgery and other medical interventions.

Erb’s palsy

Erb’s palsy is a type of birth injury that affects the nerves in the arm. It can be caused by damage to the nerves during delivery, and it can cause paralysis in the affected arm. Diagnosing and treating Erb’s palsy can be difficult, and the condition can cause lifelong problems.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries, one of the most common results of hospital negligence, can occur when the spinal cord gets damaged during delivery. Spinal cord injuries require immediate medical attention and can lead to long-term disability.

If your child has suffered a birth injury, you may receive compensation. If you prove that the medical professionals involved in your child’s care were negligent, you may be able to recover damages for your child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.