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Medical Negligence Blamed for Stillbirth

The birth of a child should be a joyful time for families. While most babies are born without complication, sometimes medical negligence causes injuries or even the death of a newborn. Lawyers at Levin & Perconti are representing the family of a baby that was stillborn. The family claims that the doctors were negligent by failing to diagnose a serious medical emergency in a timely manner. This resulted in the baby being stillborn. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County against several doctors and medical facilities.

Understanding Stillbirth

Stillbirth is the death and delivery of a baby who has died. A stillbirth differs from a miscarriage in that a miscarriage is the loss of a fetus which is less than 20 weeks into the pregnancy while a stillbirth is the death of an unborn baby who is beyond the 20th week of pregnancy.  About 1 of every 200 pregnancies results in a stillbirth. A stillbirth is usually caused by a problem or a trauma. Most couples can go on to have a healthy child in the future.

Placental Abruption

A placental abruption or rupture occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall. The placenta provides nourishment and sustenance to the growing baby and when it ruptures it is no longer able to sustain the baby’s life. Immediate diagnosis and treatment are necessary. The treatment depends on the severity of the abruption.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Placental abruption cannot be diagnosed simply by examining the amount of blood that is lost. Proper diagnosis requires an ultrasound, fetal monitoring, and blood testing. In moderate cases the mother may be put on bed rest in the hospital while being continually monitored. In severe cases the baby must be delivered, even if it is premature. The treatment will also depend on when the due date is and whether the problem is affecting the baby.

Untimely Diagnosis

In this case, the parents state that the doctors failed to properly diagnose the problem and therefore it was inadequately treated. The untimely diagnosis in situations such as this one leads to the death of the baby in uterine.  Had the doctors took the proper steps to diagnose and monitor the medical problem the baby would likely not have died. The negligent actions of the medical staff therefore caused or contributed to the baby’s death.

Medical Malpractice

Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a high level of care to their patients. They are expected to perform properly because they have more medical training, education, and experience than the average person. In this instance, the medical staff did not adequately perform their jobs. They most likely did not perform the tests required to diagnose the condition. As a result, they failed to treat the woman’s medical condition and the baby died. The mother should have been given the tests and treatment necessary to ensure the health of her baby.

Parents are devastated after their infant has died or was injured at birth. The family, however, may be entitled to compensation for damages including medical costs and punitive damages. Contact the compassionate legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your options.

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