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About the Birth Injury Law Alliance

Chicago medical negligence lawyers for birth injuries to mothers and children

Caring Advocates for Children and Mothers Injured During Pregnancy, Labor, or Delivery

The birth of a child is meant to be a joyous occasion in which parents and their loved ones can celebrate a new addition to their family. Unfortunately, problems sometimes occur during pregnancy or childbirth that result in serious injuries, life-long disabilities, or even death. In these cases, parents may find themselves unsure about the nature or extent of the injuries, how their lives and finances will be affected, and where to turn for help. 

At the Birth Injury Law Alliance, we provide compassionate support and advocacy for those who have been affected by birth injuries. We understand the uncertainty you are facing and the concerns you may have about your ability to provide for your family's needs. We can help you determine whether negligence was a factor that led to an injury, and we will work with you to determine your best options for receiving the financial assistance you need both immediately and in the years to come.

Addressing the Effects of Birth Injuries to Children

There are a wide variety of complications that can occur during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. If any of these issues resulted in an injury to your child, you deserve to know what happened, whether the injury was preventable, and who was responsible. We can help you understand how to address birth injuries, including:

  • Cerebral palsy (CP) - A child may suffer from this developmental disorder due to brain injuries that occurred during pregnancy or birth. We can assist in determining the cause of CP and ensuring that your child receives the necessary care and treatment throughout his or her life.
  • Shoulder dystocia - During delivery, excessive pressure on a child's neck and shoulders can result in brachial plexus injuries, nerve damage, and conditions such as Erb's Palsy. We can help you understand the effects of these types of injuries and the steps you can take to address your child's needs.
  • Infections/sepsis - A child can suffer serious harm if he or she is exposed to an infectious disease during delivery or contracts an infection from the mother. We can help determine whether an infection could have been prevented.
  • Meconium aspiration - Fetal distress during labor and delivery can result in the passage of fecal matter, and inhalation of meconium can cause serious harm to a child. We will work with you to determine whether something was done wrong by the doctors and nurses trusted with your care.
  • Fetal death - If you experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, we can work with you to determine whether this was preventable and the steps you can take to address your family's loss.

Assistance With Maternal Injuries

While staff members at hospitals and medical facilities have the equipment and training necessary to respond quickly to any issues which may threaten the health of a child during labor and delivery, the same level of care is often not available for mothers who suffer injuries during childbirth. We can help you determine the best way to address maternal injuries and other complications that can affect a mother's health, including:

  • Amniotic fluid embolism - Amniotic fluid or fetal cells that enter a mother's bloodstream may cause a reaction that can lead to complications such as respiratory failure or cardiac arrest.
  • Preeclampsia - High blood pressure during pregnancy or following delivery can cause a mother to experience a stroke, seizures, or organ failure.
  • Post-partum hemorrhage - Blood loss during and after birth should be addressed quickly to avoid complications resulting from low blood pressure, including brain damage or organ failure.
  • Uterine rupture - If the uterus tears during delivery, this can cause infections, hemorrhaging, and organ damage.
  • Vaginal lacerations - Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors or failure to address complications resulting from prolonged labor or a disproportionately large child can lead to tearing of vaginal tissue, which can cause infections, hemorrhaging, and long-term complications such as incontinence and chronic pain.
  • Maternal death - Failure to properly respond to complications or health concerns during pregnancy or birth can lead to the death of the mother.

Helping You Understand Your Options Following a Birth Injury

Injuries suffered during birth can not only cause a great deal of physical and emotional pain, but they can have a huge financial impact on your family for years to come. The Birth Injury Law Alliance can help you understand your options in these cases, and we will work with you to make sure you have the financial resources you need. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, contact us at 312-945-1300.

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