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Oxygen deprivation during birth leads to permanent brain injury

For parents in Illinois and elsewhere, the birth of a child is a cause for celebration. From the moment a child comes into the world, the parents may wish to shield him or her from any harm. Unfortunately, there are numerous risks involved in child birth, and if negligence is present in any form, the child can suffer irreparable harm, such as a brain injury, which can lead to damages that persist throughout life.

A family in another state recently filed a lawsuit in relation to permanent brain damage their child suffered during birth. According to the lawsuit filed against a doctor and nurse, delays in the child's delivery and care caused her to suffer from oxygen deprivation, which was the cause of her brain damage. Although the defendants reportedly denied fault, both sides eventually came to a settlement agreement in the amount of $750,000.

Suffering brain damage during birth can cause a child to experience a variety of hardships throughout life, such as difficulty with communication or speech. This can have a substantial impact on his or her quality of life, and may also create a need for long-term or permanent medical care, which can be financially burdensome. Patients generally rely on medical professionals to have the utmost diligence in their care, and if harmed by negligence, they may be left in search of answers or justice.

Those who suffer a permanent brain injury due to medical negligence may be entitled to seek restitution through the civil justice system, but the process can be stressful and intimidating. When facing a similar situation, a person in Illinois could speak with an attorney with experience in the area for assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances surrounding the injury, along with the client's current and future financial needs, and assist in pursuing the compensation deserved through the necessary outlets.

Source:, "West Springfield family wins $750,000 settlement in medical malpractice suit", Jack Flynn, Sept. 8, 2017

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