Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries

When a young child is injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, the loss can be nearly unbearable for parents. If your baby or child was injured or killed because of negligence on the part of health care professionals, contact Chicago birth injury lawyer Valerie Leopold to discuss your options in a free consultation.

Pregnancy Problems and Birth Complications

Obstetricians and other doctors are expected to monitor the health and progress of pregnant women and their fetuses throughout pregnancy, before and during labor, and after birth. Failure to provide this basic level of care can be considered medical negligence. Examples of this kind of negligence may include:

  • Failure to perform a timely C-section
  • Failure to diagnose or treat gestational diabetes
  • Failure to diagnose or treat pregnancy-induced hypertension/eclampsia
  • Failure to prevent premature delivery
  • Failure to monitor mother's health and progress during pregnancy
Birth Injuries and Complications

When an obstetrician, physician, nurse or other medical professional fails to respond to the medical needs of a patient during pregnancy, labor or delivery, a serious birth injury can result. My law firm will represent families affected by the following pregnancy and birth complications:

  • Cerebral palsy/Erb's palsy
  • Forceps injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Nerve injuries
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
  • Facial paralysis
  • Anesthesia errors
  • And all other cases
Placental Abruption

When the placenta is detached from the lining of the uterus during pregnancy, serious complications can occur. For the mother, placental abruption can cause dangerous bleeding, damage to organs, and other complications. For the baby, placental abruption can cause oxygen deprivation, premature birth, and in serious cases, premature death.

If a physician or health care provider failed to monitor for signs of placental abruption, and if you or your baby were harmed as a result, talk to a medical malpractice attorney immediately. Early detection and treatment of placental abruption can help to avoid the serious injuries and complications often associated with this condition.

Child and Infant Deaths

As a dedicated personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer, I take my job of finding all sources of liability and preparing compelling arguments on behalf of bereaved families very seriously.

In order to understand your family's loss, I am prepared to spend time with you at your home and elsewhere. Seeing how your baby's or child's serious injury or fatal accident has affected you allows me to analyze and document the impact of your loss in legal terms. This will be extremely beneficial in preparing and developing a compelling case.

While it sometimes seems that children of certain classes do not receive the same quality of care that middle to upper class children do, this is not the case at my law firm. If your child died after being dismissed from an emergency room because of your inability to pay, allow me to listen to your story and evaluate your case.

I want to help your family through the challenge of losing a baby or child — at least in legal and financial terms. Nothing can fill the hole of the loss of a loved one. However, a successful wrongful death or personal injury claim may provide your family with the satisfaction of justice and the compensation you need to ease any financial burdens you are facing.

Contact an Illinois Lawyer · Childbirth Placental Abruption Injury

Contact Chicago birth injury lawyer Valerie Leopold to schedule a free consultation. Call (312) 781-6212. We represent individuals who have been treated at all major hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, and others.