A mother is alleging that negligence during birth caused brain damage to her daughter. The Cook County woman gave birth at Little Company of Mary Hospital in December of 2008. The lawsuit names the Evergreen Park hospital, the woman’s doctor and the nurse and is seeking damages of more than $50,000. The woman is represented by Levin & Perconti, Ltd.
Birth Injuries Lead to Brain Damage
The birth of a child is one of the happiest days in a parent’s life. However, when something goes wrong during delivery, the result can be devastating. In this case, the lawsuit states that the infant suffered hypoxia, ischemia, and asphyxia during birth. These are all related to lack of oxygen which can result in brain damage. Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common conditions caused by lack of oxygen during birth. Other brain damage injuries can occur as well, including autism. In this case, the severe oxygen deprivation at birth caused severe and permanent brain damage to the daughter.
Negligence During Delivery
The delivery of a child does not always go as smoothly as it should. Sometimes mistakes are made. Doctors and nurses are held to a high level of standards and are required to provide proper patient care. In this case, the lawsuit claims negligence on the part of doctor and nurse during delivery. Because of their negligent care, the infant suffered a serious birth injury. The child brain damage is permanent and severe and there are other unnamed injuries as well. In such a case, the child will never be able to lead life alone and will always require some degree of medical and emotional care.
Brain Trauma in Newborns
Brain trauma in newborns is a serious injury and one that negatively impacts the child for his or her entire life. Brain trauma affects the ability to grow and develop normally. Brain trauma caused by decreased oxygen or decreased blood flow to the baby’s brain is almost always a result of medical negligence. The doctor or other medical professionals should have taken appropriate steps to make sure that brain trauma did not occur. It has been estimated that birth asphyxia may occur in approximately 2 to 10 out of every 1,000 births. Signs of brain damage may include low Apgar scores, low oxygen levels on the fetal monitor, and organ damage that will typically show up in the days following birth.
Contact a Reputable Law Firm
If your child was born with a brain injury due to medical negligence you will likely be facing long-term medical bills, care requirements, and medications for the life of the child. While nothing can help you cope with the situation or take away the injury, you should not have to suffer financially. When medical negligence has occurred you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, ongoing treatment, and future medical expenses and care. Contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation to answer your questions and determine how to proceed.
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