Attorneys for Birth Injuries After Improper Use of Birth-Assisting Tools
If your infant sustained this type of birth injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. In order to receive the full amount that is legally yours, you need a lawyer with a proven track record of expertise in this area. The Chicago birth injury attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC have the experience to fight for you and your family. You need someone who will hold the at-fault party responsible for the compensation that you deserve.
Contact us today at 312-346-8620 for a free consultation to discuss your options and how we can help you during this painful time.
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
The implications of injuries from birth-assisting tools may be far-reaching with impacts that may last for many years. Depending on the extent of the injuries, permanent disability may be a result. This means that in addition to the expenses you have already incurred, you may also face significant future medical costs, such as medication, ongoing physical therapy, and regular monitoring by a medical doctor.
You need an experienced attorney and legal team who are familiar with the details and complications of birth injuries resulting from improper use of birth-assisting tools. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC will take on your case and handle all negotiations to fight for you to receive the fair amount of compensation to which you are legally entitled.
What Is Improper Use of Birthing Tools?
Each labor and delivery experience is different and depends on many varying factors. Some deliveries are relatively easy and do not require birthing tools to help resolve difficulties in labor. Other deliveries are more complicated, especially in instances when a baby gets stuck during labor and delivery. Your doctor may elect to use birthing tools at their discretion to keep the baby moving and avoid dangerous situations.
This may be called an assisted birth or instrumental delivery. The tools used may include instruments, such as vacuum extractors or forceps. Vacuum extractors help pull the baby by the use of a special cup that attaches to the baby’s head using suction and an attached tube. The use of vacuum extraction depends partially on how many weeks the pregnancy has been ongoing, since the baby’s head may still be too soft for vacuum extraction.
When a vacuum extractor is used, several elements are critical:
- Force must not be excessive
- Twisting motion must not be excessive
- The doctor must be willing to abandon this method in favor of an emergency C-section if the situation calls for it
- The correct vacuum cup size must be used
- The cup on the baby’s head must be placed in the proper position
Each of these items requires a high level of expertise and a willingness to quickly change the approach if further complications arise or if progress is not made.
When birthing instruments such as a vacuum extractor or forceps are used improperly, several types of injury may occur, including injuries to the infant’s head, face, neck, shoulders, and arms. These may include:
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Broken bones
- Bell’s palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Nerve damage
- Broken collarbone
What Should You Do?
If your infant has suffered injury as a result of improper use of birthing tools, taking care of your baby is the first priority. Your infant needs close medical attention to determine the extent of injuries sustained and to assess what immediate care is needed.
Depending on the severity of the injury, this may involve surgery or extensive ongoing care. It may be difficult to determine what level of recovery your child will reach, and lifelong disability may be a possibility. The intensive medical care involved may be expensive, and the bills may quickly begin to add up.
If your child’s injury is a result of a doctor or hospital’s negligence, the medical bills should not be your responsibility to pay. Once your child has received the immediate attention they need, a birth injury attorney will make sure that the party who is at fault is held responsible. This will help you and your family move forward with healing and rebuilding instead of worrying about the stress of medical bills and legal details.
Who Is At Fault for the Injury?
In order to determine who is at fault, your legal team must prove responsibility for your infant’s injury. This involves demonstrating through evidence that negligence caused the injury as a result of the at-fault party’s harmful actions or failure to act safely during birth. The doctor and hospital involved in your child’s birth both have a duty to act safely. If we can show, for example, that the medical professional should have acted another way but chose not to or didn’t recognize that they should have, we may be able to prove negligence.
Documentation is a major component of proving negligence and responsibility. The amount of evidence and paperwork to collect is substantial and requires a high level of familiarity with the detail involved. In order to present the strongest case possible, you need an attorney who knows the best evidence to obtain and preserve. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Chicago birth injury lawyers are ready to build the strongest case possible for you and your family. This includes a thorough examination of all required evidence, especially time-sensitive documentation.
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If your infant was injured as a result of the improper use of birth-assisting tools, you may be entitled to compensation. You should not have to pay for expenses and losses incurred as a result of an injury that was not your fault. You need an attorney and legal team who are experienced with these types of injuries and the liability involved. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC will fight for you so that you and your family can focus on recovery and healing.
Leave the legal stress and details to us so that you can put this devastating experience behind you and get back to your life. Our prior satisfied clients are the best endorsement of our services and of why you need a Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Chicago birth injury lawyer. Contact us today by calling 312-346-8620 to discuss your options.