If your child suffered a sudden birth injury, or died during delivery, you deserve to know what happened. If this tragedy could have been prevented, your birth doctor or hospital staff should be held liable.

At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., your birth injury lawsuit is not just about money, it’s about making sure that your child is taken care of for the rest of his or her life. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers are dedicated to providing you with personal service that goes beyond our office walls.

Birth Defects Vs. Birth Injuries

A birth injury occurs when a baby is born, and something does not go according to plan during the delivery process. Birth injuries are often confused with birth defects. A birth defect is harm to your unborn child that occurs before or during pregnancy. Many birth defects are genetic; however a congenital disability can arise if the mother is taking a medication during pregnancy. Birth injuries are the result of a doctor’s medical negligence and should have been prevented.

Common Birth Injuries

Some common birth injuries include:

Caput Succedaneum: This occurs when the soft tissues of your newborn’s scalp swell as they are traveling through your birth canal. Vacuum extraction increases the likelihood of this birth injury. Does not typically result in serious effects and heals within a few days.

Erb’s/Brachial palsy: If your doctor has difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulder and the brachial plexus (the group of nerves that supplies the arms and hands) becomes injured, it can cause brachial palsy. Your newborn will lose their ability to flex and rotate their arm, which often heals in a day or two. However, if the nerve was torn, it can result in permanent damage.

Cerebral palsy: This disorder can be caused by injury to the brain that occurs before, during or after childbirth. It affects your child’s ability to control movement and posture. May result in short or long-term difficulties.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage: This is caused if the tiny vessels in your newborns eyes break, making them appear red around the iris. No treatment is necessary and it heals on its own.

Bruising or forceps marks: Forceps used in the delivery process can leave bruises on the babies face, and vacuum extraction can leave bruises and lacerations on their scalp.

Cephalohematoma: This occurs if there is bleeding between your baby’s bone and fibrous covering of the head and often appears as a raised lump hours after delivery. There is no treatment necessary.

Facial paralysis: Excessive pressure on your child’s face can damage the facial nerves, causing paralysis. This paralysis may be temporary, long-term, or permanent.

Please read our article Medical Malpractice: Labor & Delivery Claims for more information about birth injuries.

If your child suffered a birth injury and you live in the Chicago area, please call or email the birth injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. Calling us today will not cost you a dime because we offer free consultations. And we will not charge you unless we win your case. So please contact our law firm today to learn how we can serve you.

If you have experienced a birth injury in your family and you need help, please call or email us today or text “Walnerlaw” to 41513 for a FREE consultation.