Chicago Skull Fractures or Bone Fractures Attorney
During labor and delivery, mothers giving birth should not have to fear that a healthcare provider’s error will result in their newborn suffering a broken bone injury. Yet fractures do happen during childbirth, and they result most often from medical negligence. Skull fractures and other types of bone fractures can be devastating birth injuries, and in some cases these injuries can result in temporary and permanent disabilities for the baby. Even if your child recovers fully from a bone fracture injury during childbirth, it may still be possible to file a claim for financial compensation in order to seek damages for hospital and other medical bills, rehabilitative therapy costs, and pain and suffering. An experienced Chicago skull fractures or bone fractures lawyer at our firm can provide you with more information today.
Most Common Types of Birth Injury Fractures in Chicago
- Clavicle fracture, which is a bone break that occurs in the collarbone and typically results from a difficult or breech delivery in which the child becomes stuck or difficult to deliver. According to UTMB, most clavicle birth injury fractures are known as “greenstick” fractures because they do not break through the bone, and they are the most common type of birth injury fracture.
- Skull fractures, which typically result from the use of forceps during childbirth, and tend to be much more serious than clavicle fractures.
Liability for Skull Fractures and Other Broken Bones in Chicago Childbirths
Who is liable for a skull fracture or another type of bone fracture birth injury in Chicago? Liability will depend upon the healthcare provider whose negligence caused the injury and, in some cases, whether other factors could result in the facility also bearing some responsibility for the injury. Accordingly, it is critical to seek advice from a birth injury attorney in Chicago about your case to determine which party or parties can be sued for compensation. In general, however, one or more of the following parties could be liable for a skull fracture or other bone fracture birth injury:
- Obstetrician during childbirth;
- Obstetrician who provided prenatal care during the pregnancy;
- Obstetric nurse, including a nurse practitioner;
- Midwife; or
- Facility where the birth injury occurred, such as a hospital or childbirth center.
Contact Our Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys for Assistance with Fracture Claims
Fractures, or broken bones, occur with more frequency than you might expect during childbirth, and newborns can suffer significant birth injuries. The newborn’s prognosis will depend largely upon the type of bone fracture that has occurred and its severity. In many cases, clavicle fractures heal and the baby will recover fully from the birth injury. Yet in some cases where a skull fracture results from a healthcare provider’s error during labor, the injury results in permanent brain damage, and in some cases can even be fatal.
To learn more about holding a negligence healthcare accountable for a serious fracture birth injury, you should seek advice from a Chicago skull fracture or bone fracture lawyer at our firm. Contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC for more information about filing a claim.