Facts about Birth Injuries

Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

Below is compiled information to help you better understand birth injuries and when you should seek legal action for doctor malpractice.

Rate of Birth Trauma

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the actual rate of birth trauma is unclear (ranging from 0.2 – 37 per 1,000 births) due to inconsistencies in published reports and lack of population-based studies.

Rate of Birth Defects

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented.

Common Types of Birth Injuries

These include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Skull or bone fractures
  • Brain bleeding/swelling
  • Spinal cord damage

Many of these injuries are preventable when clinical guidelines and procedures are properly followed.

Common Causes of Birth Injury

These include:

  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress
  • Failure to order a timely cesarean
  • Failure to accurately diagnose complications
  • Medication errors

Birth injuries can have a devastating impact on a new life and his or her family. As a medical malpractice law firm in Chicago, Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. is committed to holding negligent physicians accountable for their actions.

For more than 30 years, Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. has helped families in the midst of a medical malpractice crisis, providing the legal advice and representation they need during this difficult time. If you suspect that your child suffered as a result of a preventable birth injury, contact us to learn if you can file a claim for doctor malpractice.

Call 312-263-3443 today to speak with an experienced Chicago birth injury lawyer.

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