A Cook County mother has filed a lawsuit alleging that an Evanston hospital was negligent and caused the death of her baby. Most of us receive the prenatal care that is requested by our doctor and the process goes smoothly. In this case, however, the mother received the prenatal care she was supposed to, yet there was a very sad ending rather than a happy birth. The mother claims in the lawsuit that she was negligently prescribed medications to treat a bacterial infection during delivery. The complaint states that the baby should have been removed from the womb due to the infection, but was not. As a result, the baby died.
Complications During Pregnancy and Birth
The pregnancy and birth experience usually go well for women. Sometimes, however, there are complications that can cause concern. In this case, the woman experienced a severe infection while pregnant and the medications she was given may have caused the death of her baby. The lawsuit names Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston Hospital, Midwest Center for Women’s Healthcare, Ltd., and two healthcare workers alleging wrongful death. In this sad case, the woman was under the care of doctors, who should have known that the infection was dangerous to the unborn baby.
Negligence Causes Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are all too common and many of them could be prevented. With proper care and treatment, babies should not suffer severe birth injuries. Negligent care by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional is not acceptable. These people are trained to provide us with proper care and we trust that they will do so. Unfortunately, when a doctor is negligent it often ends with injury or death to a patient. Serious birth injuries may improve over time or may continue for a lifetime, depending on the cause. Brain injuries are usually severe and may cause the infant to suffer permanent brain damage.
Something Went Wrong
The birth of a child should be a joyful experience. The words we certainly do not want to hear is that something went wrong during the delivery. Everyone waits to hear a baby’s first cry when they arrive, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. A mistake made during delivery can quickly change the happiest day of a parent’s life to their worst nightmare. In this case, the woman’s baby died according to the lawsuit, because of the negligence of the doctor and medical team. When something goes wrong during birth there is sadness and despair and it may take a while to get over the trauma. Parents of babies born with negligent injuries or who have died as a result of negligence should speak to a qualified birth injury attorney as soon as possible.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Nobody wants to think about what happens after a birth injury or death. The compassionate attorneys at Levin & Perconti are here to answer your questions and provide legal guidance during this difficult time. If your baby experienced a serious birth injury or has died as a result of negligent care, you may be entitled to money. You may receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages as well as legal fees. Contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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