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Medical Negligence And Birth Injuries: The Connection

The birth of a child should be one of the most joyous times of your life. When complications arise, what should be the happy welcoming of your new son or daughter can turn into a devastating ordeal.

If your infant was injured during delivery, you may have a medical malpractice case. An injury attorney at Mark L. Karno & Associates, LLC can evaluate your potential birth injury lawsuit and help you understand your rights.

Common Birth Injuries

Several types of birth injuries can be sustained during the birthing process. Some of the most common are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia

Cerebral palsy affects the brain and nervous system. It can have lifelong effects, such as difficulty speaking or walking. Cerebral palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain or head trauma, and the resulting injuries can range from mild to debilitating.

Erb’s palsy involves damage to the infant’s arm. Twisting or stretching the arm or shoulder unnaturally during delivery can result in loss of sensation in the arm to complete paralysis of the arm. Although most cases of Erb’s palsy heal over time, it can take several years and seriously affect your child’s functional development.

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When your child has suffered a severe injury during birth, an experienced attorney can explain your legal options. You may be able to pursue a legal case for compensation for medical expenses and any care that may be needed throughout your child’s life.

Was your baby injured during delivery? Contact the law firm of Mark L. Karno & Associates, LLC to talk with an experienced birth injury lawyer about your potential case. Our law offices have two convenient locations in Chicago. We represent families in injury cases throughout the Greater Chicago area.