The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion. That happiness can be extinguished by the discovery of birth injuries. Our Belleville medical malpractice attorneys at The Cates Law Firm, LLC have represented people in Illinois and throughout the United States whose children have been injured due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence. If your child was injured prior to or during birth, contact us today at 618-277-3644 to find out how we can help.
Recovering Compensation in Birth Injury Cases
At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, we know that planning for the birth of a child can be one of the most exciting times in the parents’ lives. Hopefully you will not have to deal with the added factor of dealing with a birth injury to your child. If the worst happens, however, you and your child may have legal remedies available to you.
Our attorneys will work diligently to help you obtain compensation for the following past and future losses:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life or loss of a normal life
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Wage loss
Because infants are so fragile, birth injuries can, unfortunately, sometimes have fatal results. If your child was fatally injured by medical negligence, you may be eligible for additional compensation. Our Belleville wrongful death lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC will help you determine if a wrongful death claim is in your best interests. We will help you obtain the maximum possible compensation in your case.
Common Birth Injuries
Birth injury lawsuits refer to a class of legal claims that result when a newborn, or fetus, is injured prior to birth, or in the process of giving birth. Birth injuries caused by negligence are usually the result of medical malpractice or the mother’s use of a defective drug which may have been harmful to the fetus, but unfortunately the mother was never warned of the dangers.
Birth injuries often associated with medical malpractice include:
- Birth Injury due to medicine dosages
- Brachial plexus injury
- Brain bleeds
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Death of fetus or newborn
- Erb’s palsy
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis
- Failure to perform Ceasaren section birth
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Skull fractures
- Vacuum extraction injuries
Additionally, many common drugs have been linked to birth injuries if used during pregnancy. Some of these medications, also known as teratogenic drugs, include:
- ACE Inhibitors – blood pressure drugs which have been sold under the brand names (drug name in parentheses): Lotensin (benazepril); Capoten (captopril)
- Angiotensin II antagonist
- Cancer fighting medications
- Diethylstilbestrol (DES) – synthetic hormone
- Isotretinoin (used to treat severe acne)
- Male Hormones
- Pencillamine – Cuprimine, Depen
- Thyroid Medications
- Warfarin – Coumadin
Not all birth injuries are the result of negligence or a defective drug. Our attorneys can help you make that determination.
How Our Belleville Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help
If your child was born with a drug-related birth injury, or was injured in the process of being born, we are here to help. We know that for any parent of a child born with a birth injury, the challenges ahead can seem insurmountable. We will strive to ensure that you and your child receive compensation for increased medical bills, long-term medical care, and other expenses which may accrue in the future as a result of these injuries.
If your child was born with a birth injury related to a drug or was injured in the process of being born, we are here to speak with you. Call the Belleville birth injury lawyers at The Cates Law Firm. LLC today at 618-277-3644 or contact us online and let us know how we can help you.