Illinois Improper Delivery Technique Attorney
In the event of a delivery room emergency, like a cord emergency, permanent brain damage to the fetus is only five minutes away. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Unfortunately for these mothers and babies, desperate measures frequently have collateral consequences. These consequences often include a permanent head injury, which is precisely what the doctor was trying to avoid. CNS (Central Nervous System) injuries to the brain or spine could lead to over $5 million in lifetime medical expenses. These victims also often require 24/7/365 supervision and care.
For many years, the experienced Illinois improper delivery technique attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman have routinely handled birth injury claims on a nationwide basis. Over the years, we have developed proven methods that generate results. These results usually include maximum compensation for your family’s medical bills and other economic losses, as well as your family’s emotional distress and other noneconomic losses. Moreover, additional punitive damages are frequently available in medical negligence cases.
Common Dangerous Delivery Tactics
When the clock is ticking down in the delivery room, doctors feel the pressure. Like many of us, when they are under pressure, they often make poor decisions. These decisions often include reckless and dangerous birth assistance measures, like:
- Episiotomy: Until recently, doctors almost routinely cut the mother’s premium (area between the anus and genitals) to widen her birth canal. Now, medical professionals know these incisions do more harm than good. Yet many doctors fall back on this procedure anyway.
- Forceps: If the baby is lodged in the mother’s birth canal, many doctors use forceps, which are basically large surgical salad tongs, to pry the baby out of the mother. Forceps pincers, not to mention the excessive force the doctor uses, often results in a permanent injury to the baby’s brain or skull.
- Vacuum Extractor: These gadgets are basically advanced forceps. A vacuum pump is attached to a metal hat. The doctor puts this cap on a baby and tries to literally suck the baby out of the mother’s womb. In addition to head and brain injuries, vacuum extractors often cause neck and spine injuries.
All these hazardous tactics are below the standard of care. Therefore, if the tactic causes injury, an Chicago improper delivery technique attorney can obtain the compensation outlined above. Most of these claims settle out of court, so there is no need to go through an emotional courtroom showdown. Furthermore, out-of-court settlements end cases earlier, so victims get this compensation earlier.
Why is Compensation Important in These Cases?
We have mentioned financial compensation in a birth injury case several times. Why is this compensation so important to these families?
As mentioned, a serious birth injury could trigger a lifetime of large medical bills and other economic losses, such as the cost of hiring a home healthcare nurse. Health insurance companies usually do not cover injury-related expenses. And, these families should not have to depend on handouts from the government or a charity in order to pay these bills.
Additionally, compensation helps these families obtain closure, so they may move on and live life to the fullest.
Finally, compensation protects other families. If a doctor’s insurance company must pay a large judgment, that insurance company will almost certainly force the doctor to make necessary changes. On the other hand, if no one stands up and says anything, nothing will change.
Connect with a Thorough Chicago Cook County Attorney
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced improper delivery technique attorney in Chicago, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman by going online or calling 410-567-0800. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.