When preparing to bring a child into the world, parents in Illinois and elsewhere may rely on medical professionals to take every precaution in ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and any form of negligence that is present before, during or after childbirth can place the safety of the child at risk. The consequences of complications could leave a child suffering from a variety of serious medical conditions, such as Erb's Palsy or a severe brain injury.
Unfortunately, the risks to a child's well-being in the face of negligence can begin during pregnancy. Should medical professionals fail to properly monitor the health of a patient, conditions that could pose a threat to the child's health could go unattended. Some of these risk factors include a failure to diagnose and treat conditions such as maternal infections and preeclampsia.
There are also a variety of scenarios in which negligence can occur during the birth of a child. Failure to properly monitor the child's heartbeat or failure to take emergency measures when necessary are just two examples of situations that could have disastrous outcomes. However, the risk doesn't stop here, as negligence in the treatment of the child shortly after birth could also leave him or her with long-term or permanent injuries.
Children who suffer a brain injury at birth may face a variety of hardships throughout life, some of which may require permanent medical treatment. Families who experience such harm due to the negligent actions of a medical professional could benefit from consulting with an attorney for guidance on their available options for legal recourse. An attorney can assist a client in Illinois in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.