Frequently Asked Questions About Birth Injuries
Our Chicago Injury Law Firm Has Answers
If your newborn baby was born with "inexplicable" conditions
or you suspect that your doctors are not telling you everything, your
child may have been the victim of incompetent or negligent medical personnel.
Oftentimes, prolonged labor can be a sign that something went wrong with
you and your child's medical care during labor and delivery. We urge
you to inform yourself by getting your questions answered. You also may
wish to meet with a
Chicago birth injury lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. We provide you here with answers to some
of the most commonly asked questions regarding birth injuries.
How can a lack of oxygen during labor cause cerebral palsy?
During labor, oxygen is supplied to the unborn baby through the placenta
from the mother's circulation. If there are too many contractions,
if too much Pitocin* is being used, or if there is not enough rest in
between contractions, the baby may not get enough oxygen. If the doctors
and nurses fail to detect those problems, the baby can become
hypoxic (a lack of oxygen).
*Even the manufacturer of Pitocin warns of its potential danger of brain
damage if used improperly; yet doctors and nurses continue to cause brain
damage to unborn babies by injudicious use of Pitocin.
How do I know if my child has a birth injury? The doctors tell me they
don't know what is wrong with my child.
Although all children do not always respond the same, most babies with
an acute injury from a lack of oxygen or blood flow respond with what
is called the neonatal neurologic syndrome. Infants who have been asphyxiated
or had trauma during labor and delivery usually show irritability, stupor,
apnea, seizures, and other clinical signs and symptoms resulting from
acute brain damage. Some babies have bleeding in the brain. Many times,
children may have swelling or edema of the brain which can be seen on
a CT scan, MRI, or an ultrasound. Beam & Raymond knows how to comb
through the medical records to help you determine if negligence or medical
malpractice was the cause of your child's birth injuries.
My child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. What does this mean?
Cerebral palsy can be caused by damage to the brain that affects muscular, coordination,
and motor skills. It can be caused by trauma or a lack of oxygen or blood
flow during birth or in the neonatal period. The cost of care for a child
with cerebral palsy can extend throughout life. Each case must be evaluated
Should I file a lawsuit?
Before filing a lawsuit, we carefully examine the medical records and the
facts of your case to determine whether anyone is at fault. Contrary to
what the insurance industry would like you to believe, experienced lawyers
like those at Beam & Raymond carefully screen the cases. We do not
sue innocent doctors or hospitals without just cause. If it turns out
that you do have a case, you owe it to your child to seek justice in a
court of law. Some of the biggest fears of parents of special needs children
include the costs of caring for their child and who will take care of
their child after they are gone. Even fully-funded government programs
for special needs children do not provide the 24-hour care that most of
our clients will need for the rest of their lives.
Birth Injury Lawyers in Chicago Representing Children Across the U.S.
Beam & Raymond has witnessed some of the worst malpractice committed
against children in birth injury cases. We fight tirelessly for our clients
and have successfully recovered millions of dollars for children injured
at birth. We have the resources and team of professionals to fight the
seemingly endless financial resources behind the hospital industry and
the mega-insurance companies that represent them.
If you suspect that your child has suffered from a birth injury, call our firm to discuss your case.