Representing Illinois Victims of Obstetrical Malpractice Claims
Childbirth is an exciting and anxiety-filled experience that relies on a number of health care providers to monitor the health and medical needs of the mother and fetus. Depending on the type of labor, there may be obstetricians, doctors, nurses, midwives, and even anesthesiologists present to assist with labor and delivery. The role of the obstetric medical team is to diagnose and treat medical complications that occur during childbirth. Unfortunately, in some cases, an obstetrician may deviate from the appropriate standard of medical care, resulting in tragic consequences.
If a mother or child is injured or has died as a result of obstetric malpractice, the obstetrician may be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago obstetric malpractice lawyers understand the sadness and frustration that you are feeling if you suffered childbirth complications. In fact, one of our attorneys is a former obstetrical nurse whose medical experience and compassionate bedside manner inform her legal representation.
We are not only committed to protecting the rights of victims of obstetric negligence and other forms of medical malpractice, we seek through legal advocacy to prevent obstetrical negligence from happening in the future. As a result of our exemplary skill and experience we have obtained a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in birth injury cases, including a record-breaking verdict in a birth injury case in which a baby suffered from cerebral palsy caused by the negligence of an obstetrical nurse who misread fetal heart monitor strips.
Contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate and dedicated Chicago obstetric negligence lawyers to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.
Common Types of Obstetric Negligence
Obstetric negligence and malpractice occur any time that an obstetrician or other member of the childbirth medical team fails to provide the mother and child with the appropriate level of medical care. Some of the most common types of obstetric negligence include:
- Failure to recognize and respond to fetal distress
- Failure to recognize and treat infant seizures
- Failure to recognize preeclampsia, eclampsia, or other pregnancy-related health risk
- Surgical errors made during C-section birth
- Improper use of forceps
- Improper prescription or administration of medication
- Anesthesia errors, including epidural errors
- Improper monitoring and management of pregnancy
- Ultrasound errors
- Mismanagement of Group B strep infection
Injuries Caused by Obstetric Negligence and Malpractice
Obstetric negligence and malpractice can result in a number of serious injuries, and even death, to the mother and/or child. Some of the more common types of obstetric injuries include:
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encepholopathy (HIE)
- Bone fractures
- Stillborn or neonatal death
- Damage to reproductive organs/fertility loss
- Post-partum hemorrhage
- Vaginal tears
- Ruptured uterus
- Abruptio placenta
How Cogan & Power Can Help
Obstetric negligence, like all medical malpractice claims, involves complex legal and factual issues. At Cogan & Power, we utilize a collaborative approach to legal representation, drawing on the diverse, extensive legal backgrounds of all of our attorneys. Accordingly, each client gets the personalized service and attention of a small firm and the one-on-one attention of a partner, but the vast legal experience of a large firm. We are committed to getting a favorable result for each of our clients and will put our considerable litigation experience to work for you in a court of law.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of obstetric negligence, contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable Chicago obstetric malpractice attorneys. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.