The Chicago Sun-Times reported last month on the end of a Chicago birth injury trial. The medical malpractice lawsuit stemmed from treatment by a doctor connected to the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group.
The malpractice occurred during the delivery of a Pilsen woman’s son in 2002. Going into the delivery, it was known that the baby was going to be large. Pre-natal care had revealed clearly that the child was of considerable size, which often presents particularly unique problems for a successful birth. The boy was ultimately born weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces. However even though the medical staff knew that the child was large, they failed to inform the mother of the risks associated with this particularly birth. Specifically, they never warned her of the special risks posed by a vaginal birth-as opposed to a Cesarean Section.
The risks ultimately materialized during delivery. The infant boy’s shoulder got stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone. That problem was magnified when the doctor leading the birth pulled too hard on the boy’s head and neck. The force applied caused injury to his arm. Now, eight years later, the boy still does not have full function of his arm.
Our Chicago birth injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with many clients suffering similar losses. In one case, our client won a $6.71 million verdict after an inexperienced resident doctor performed a vaginal delivery instead of a C-Section of a bottom first (breeched) child. As a result of the malpractice the child suffered should dysocia and a damaging brachial plexus arm injury. Our experiences have made our birth injury attorneys experts in maneuvering through the legal waters associated with actions against doctors and hospitals.
Too often, as happened in this case, medical professionals fail to provide patients with full information about the risks and possible alternatives to important medical procedures, like child birth. It is important to hold these negligent medical professionals accountable for their costly errors.
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