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Is Birth Injury Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a serious issue in Chicago, especially when it comes to birth injury– these cases involve devastating lifelong consequences. Birth injuries occur when instruments to deliver a child are used in an improper way.

Birth injuries that usually occur during delivery are

Cerebral Palsy– impairs the brain’s ability to coordinate muscle function ranging from speech to movement.

Facial Paralysis– nerve damage to the facial region that results in paralysis, depending upon the extent of the damage paralysis can be permanent or temporary

Forceps Injuries- Injuries from the usage of forceps during delivery. These injuries range from bruising to broken bones.

Erb’s palsy– nerve damage to the shoulder that results in paralysis, depending upon the extent of the damage paralysis can be permanent or temporary

Brain Damage– life-long brain function limitations such as cognitive, neurological, and movement disorders.

While these injuries can be the result of unavoidable circumstances, they are often caused by negligence from a medical professional. Preventable injuries unfortunately occur more than they should. Depending upon the injury that was suffered, treatment options for families may be temporary or life-long.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois area and your family is the victim of a birth injury complication, please call Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. for a free consultation at 312-800-0000.

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