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Birth Injury Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

Few events in life are more traumatic to a family than a birth injury. As a parent of an injured child, you have many questions about what might have gone wrong during labor or delivery.

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  • $3.75 Million – Wrongful death
  • $4.5 Million – Personal Injury
  • $6 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement - (January 26, 2015)  Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Kathleen Naughton-Sparks of...

    $6 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

    (January 26, 2015)  Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Kathleen Naughton-Sparks of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $6 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a downstate Illinois family whose baby suffered brain damage near the time of birth.

     

    On the morning of January 16, 2010, the plaintiff’s mother arrived at the hospital in labor. Soon after, the fetal monitor showed signs that the baby was in distress. Unfortunately, the doctor and nurses failed to appropriately respond to a non-reassuring fetal monitor strips and waited too long to perform a C-section. A fetal maternal hemorrhage caused the baby to lose blood into her mother’s circulation which led to the baby having diminished red blood cells and hypoxia. The doctor failed to consider the baby would be anemic at the time of delivery and did not recognize a sinusoidal fetal heart rate pattern, which delayed the transfusion of blood to correct the baby’s anemia. The hypoxia ultimately led to irreversible brain damage. The child is permanently disabled and will need around-the-clock nursing care and ongoing therapy for the rest of her life.

     

    “The settlement will help provide this little girl with the care she needs and will help her family with the daily work necessary to keep her healthy,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Managing Equity Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

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If your child was born with Cerebral Palsy, has suffered a Brachial Plexus injury (such as Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy) or has shoulder dystocia, a doctor’s error or hospital mistake may have occurred.

This kind of mistake is known as medical malpractice. As the unfortunate victim of medical malpractice, your child will be facing a lifetime of special medical care and hospital bills. How can you best care for your child and pay those bills?

At a time like this, it’s reassuring to know you have the lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., on your side.

Our Chicago injury lawyers have a record of 200 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. Many of those recoveries arose from birth injury claims.

Allow us to help you and your family. Call us today at 877-975-7991 to discuss your birth injury situation and potential legal rights.

Common Reasons For Birth Injuries

About three of every 100 births involve some type of serious birth injury. In some situations, “natural” circumstances can cause oxygen deprivation during the labor and delivery process. For instance, the umbilical cord may become compressed or twisted, or the baby may be too large to easily pass through the birth canal.

In many instances, birth injuries, especially to the brain, are caused by mistakes made by doctors, hospitals or other medical professionals during the delivery process. Those mistakes may include:

  • Delay in ordering a Caesarean section;
  • Failure to respond to bleeding;
  • Failure to respond to umbilical cord entanglement ;
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress;
  • Misuse of vacuum extractors or forceps;
  • Poor care of newborn immediately following birth;
  • Miscommunication between doctors and nurses;
  • Complications related to genetic testing.

If any of those events occurred during your labor or your child’s delivery, medical malpractice may have played a part in your child’s birth injury.

A medical mistake can result in a range of birth injuries.

  • Brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding inside the brain from pregnancy trauma are the most serious birth injuries.
  • Other serious injuries are Cerebral Palsy; Brachial Plexus injuries such as Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy; and shoulder dystocia.
  • Birth injuries may also include temporary paralysis, a fractured collar bone or a fractured arm.

Consult An Experienced Birth Injury Law Firm

If you suspect that your child’s birth injuries were caused by medical negligence, consult an experienced Chicago birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. It’s important to act promptly so we can obtain and review all relevant medical records. Once we review your case, we can give you our honest assessment of whether your claim has merit.

Compassion. Experience. Results. Reputation. These are distinguishing characteristics of the birth injury attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Our firm has convenient office locations in downtown Chicago and Waukegan, Ill. We also have a network of lawyers across the nation to assist you with your case. Contact us today at 877-975-7991.