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Peoria IL Birth Injury Lawyer


Highly Rated Peoria IL Birth Injury Lawyer

Childbirth can be one of the most difficult things in life for most women in the US. It is stressful for both the mother and the child, so it is essential that highly trained medical professionals are there to take care of them.

While most medical professionals continue to put their life on the line to help patients, a few may attempt to take shortcuts. In attempting these shortcuts or cut corners, they may often not provide the care needed leading to birth injuries. This type of personal injury is often caused when caution is not exercised to keep the child and the mother safe.

Birth injuries often have long-term consequences for everyone. So, if your child suffered an injury at birth which you suspect was caused by the medical professional’s negligence, then you have a right to seek compensation. Contact LeFante Law Offices, P.C. to learn more about the next steps for seeking the compensation your family deserves.

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Common Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice Cases

Peoria IL Birth Injury LawyerWhile there are many different types of birth injuries, as one of the leading Peoria birth injury lawyers or law firms, there are a few types of injuries that are more common in Peoria than others.

  1. Bruising or forceps marks: These are the result of the pressure from the delivery process, mainly if forceps are used to assist in delivery.
  2. Caput succedaneum: It is commonly referred to as swelling of the scalp. This can occur when pressure is exerted against the mother’s pelvis during delivery.
  3. Cephalohematoma: It is mainly the collecting of blood between the skull and the periosteum (the membrane covering the bones). This, too, is caused by pressure during the delivery.
  4. Fractures: Bones can sometimes be fractured during delivery. The most common areas are the clavicle or what’s more commonly referred to as the collarbone.
  5. Nerve injuries: The nerves that control movement in the arms or hands can often be damaged during delivery.
  6. Brain damage: In rare instances, a lack of oxygen to the baby can lead to brain damage or what doctors may call cerebral palsy.

It is worth noting that some birth injuries can be more serious and require medical attention than others. If you have any concerns about your baby’s health, it is essential to speak with a medical professional. If you suspect negligence, then it is essential to contact a seasoned birth injury or personal injury attorney like us.

How Negligence Can Cause Serious Injury?

The negligence of a doctor, nurse, or any other health care professional present during the delivery process can cause a birth injury in several ways. Here are a few ways in which they can cause injuries:

  • Failure to monitor the baby: During labor, healthcare professionals must carefully monitor the baby’s vital signs, such as heart rate and oxygen levels. Many times the failure to monitor may mean they are unable to respond appropriately to signs of fetal distress. Being late to respond can result in brain damage or other birth-related injuries.
  • Improper use of delivery tools: The use of forceps or a vacuum extractor to assist in delivery requires a high degree of skill. If used improperly, it can cause trauma to the baby’s head, face, or neck. If that’s found to be the case, it becomes the basis of a personal injury lawsuit. 
  • Delayed delivery or C-section: If a doctor fails to recognize signs of fetal distress and decides to delay delivery or C-section, it can lead to birth injuries. Oxygen deprivation can often lead to other complications.
  • Medication errors: Drugs or medication can play a significant role during labor. Many times, errors in dosage or administration are the cause of birth injuries reported. The wrong drugs can affect the baby’s health and cause problems for the mother too.

Negligence of a healthcare professional can have devastating consequences for both the baby and its mother. Healthcare professionals are required by law to provide a high standard of care during the delivery process and quickly respond to any signs of fetal distress.

If you suspect that your baby’s injuries were caused by negligence on the part of medical professionals responsible for your safety, then contact LeFante Law Offices, P.C. today to discuss your case. We understand that these injuries can rack up medical bills and cause extensive emotional distress which merits compensation. 

Contact LeFante Law Offices, P.C. Peoria’s Leading Birth Injury Lawyer

At LeFante Law Offices, P.C., we have a great deal of experience representing clients in a wide array of personal injury cases, including birth injuries in Central Illinois. We understand the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with a baby injured during childbirth, and often these injuries could have been avoided.

We work with you to ensure that we understand the case and undertake our own investigation to get to the bottom of the case. This also helps us build a strong case on which we can base our demand for compensation on your behalf.

However, these types of personal injury lawsuits can be tricky, which is why it is important to have a team of highly experienced professionals on your side. We’ve proven over the years that it is possible to win a personal injury case with the right approach. 

Ready to speak with a seasoned Peoria birth injury lawyer? if your baby has sustained injuries and you suspect the medical professionals were at fault then you need to call an attorney. Contact LeFante Law Offices, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

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