A Chicago mother has filed a lawsuit in Cook County naming the doctor and hospital where her infant was harmed as the result of a circumcision that went wrong. The woman gave birth to her son on September 10, 2013 at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and the baby was soon circumcised. According to the lawsuit, the infant was improperly circumcised leaving him disfigured. The problem caused tissue loss and loss of sensation and required additional surgeries to try to correct the problem. The mother seeks compensation for medical costs, lost wages, litigation costs, and pain and suffering.
Medical Mistakes at Birth
The birth process can bring on a wide range of complications which could have a negative impact on the baby. The doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals must provide proper medical treatment. When a mistake is made, the doctor is held responsible. Some birth injuries are more serious than others. For example, when oxygen is cut off to the baby during the birth a brain injury may occur and it could cause cerebral palsy or diminished mental capacity. These types of injuries are generally not reversible and the child will require constant care throughout his or her lifetime. Medical mistakes that cause birth injuries should not go unreported. A qualified birth injury attorney knows how to litigate your case and get you the money you need to pay for current and future expenses that were a result of the mistake.
Medical Procedures Gone Wrong
When a medical procedure is performed it is up to the doctor and other medical staff to ensure that it is completed correctly. Further, they must follow up to make certain that the patient is responding properly after the procedure and must provide additional treatment as needed. In this case, a circumcision, a procedure that should be relatively simple, went terribly wrong. The result was a botched surgery that required additional surgeries to correct. The child will suffer permanent deformity and will have to deal with this medical condition for the rest of his life.
Birth Injuries are Serious
Whether an injury occurred during the birth process or after, if the condition happened because of a medical mistake, the result is often considered malpractice. Malpractice may happen when a doctor is negligent in his actions, and should have known that these actions would result in harm. In the case of this infant, the doctor who performed the procedure was likely negligent and made an error. This medical error caused the infant to have pain and suffering and had to endure additional medical treatment. More importantly, the lawsuit states that the boy will suffer emotionally due to the deformity that occurred because of the mistake. The mother seeks more than $50,000 in damages, naming the doctors, hospital, and parent company of the hospital.
In situations such as this one an experienced litigation attorney is necessary to protect your rights. You may be entitled to money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and future medical costs that were a result of the mistake. Contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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