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Normally, a child is born head first. This position enables the baby to pass through the birth canal without injury. But in some cases, the baby is in a breech position. This occurs when either the feet or buttocks are positioned to descend into birth canal first. It happens in just in 3-4% of all deliveries in the U.S. Serious complications and birth injuries may result.
Doctors must be able to identify a breech baby and make appropriate attempts at turning the child. They must also elect to safely deliver the baby via C-section when necessary. This is the safest way to deliver a baby in this position. A breech presentation can lead to numerous complications. These include head trauma, umbilical cord complications, birth asphyxia, and brain bleeds.
There are three different breech presentations:
Experts don’t fully understand why breech presentations occur. However, there factors that raise the odds of one taking place. They include:
When a breech position is identified, the doctor may attempt to turn the baby into the proper position. This involves manual techniques to push the baby into place from outside the mother’s abdomen. But if the baby can’t be turned, the physician must decide whether conditions will allow a vaginal birth.
Today, most medical experts and literature recommend C-sections in this situation. They are the safest method of breech delivery to avoid potential birth injuries.
If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have helped the families of children across Illinois get the compensation they need for a secure future. We strive to give the utmost personal attention to each child and family we represent.
Our nationally recognized birth injury firm has numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that speak to our success and experience. You will not pay our firm unless we win or settle your case.
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The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
With decades of hands-on experience working with top healthcare professionals in labor and delivery, our legal ream has access to some of the top medical professionals in the world. As in many types of medical malpractice cases, high quality expert are essential in obtaining justice.
Our firm was established to focus on the unique needs of our clients. We work with top medical, life-planning, and forensics experts to determine the causes and extent of injuries, prognoses of victims, and areas of medical negligence. Our passion for helping birth injury victims allows our attorneys to deliver unrivaled legal services for your family.
Willens Law Offices have helped the families of children across Illinois get the compensation they need for a secure future.
We strive to give the utmost personal attention to each child and family we represent.