Encephalitis Birth Injury?

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If a physician fails to detect or properly treat encephalitis, it can result in a baby being born with debilitating and sometimes fatal consequences.

If your baby has suffered a birth injury due to complications with encephalitis, contact our experienced team of birth injury attorneys now.

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection and results in inflammation of the brain. If a pregnant woman contracts encephalitis, the results can be devastating for her unborn child if they symptoms are not quickly detected or properly treated.

Common Causes of Encephalitis

There are a number of causes of encephalitis, some of the most common causes include:

HSV is the most common causes of encephalitis in newborn babies. However, most of these infections result from the baby's exposure in the genital tract during childbirth. However, in utero and postnatal infections can sometimes occur.

Encephalitis – Signs and Symptoms

When a baby develops encephalitis, the signs and symptoms generally present themselves within 4 to 11 days after birth. Some of these include:

When the signs and symptoms present themselves, it is imperative that medical professionals act quickly, as prolonged inflammation in the brain can lead to serious consequences such as brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Additionally, is is important that a woman have good prenatal care. A doctor should know if a pregnant woman is at risk of infection and should screen for HSV in order to protect the baby at birth. If a doctor fails to follow this standard of care, it is considered negligence.

Contact a Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer

Physicians and medical professionals should have the experience, training and knowledge to handle any birth complications that arise. If a doctor fails to monitor, detect, or treat an infection and encephalitis has injured your baby, you should not have to bear the cost of the injuries due to their mistake.

Coping with the financial costs of a birth related injury can be devastating. Yet, it is one you should not have to carry. At Willens Law Offices, we can help you understand your legal rights and options. Receiving compensation for medical expenses, disability, emotional stress, and pain and suffering are all damages you are entitled restitution for.

Call us now to discuss your case at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your FREE consultation. We will listen to you and offer you legal guidance. If a health care professional has caused damage to your child, they should be held accountable.

$10,000,000 Chicago Birth Injury Settlement

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.

A Team of Legal Experts You Can Trust

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.

Access To Top Experts

With decades of hands-on experience working with top healthcare professionals in labor and delivery, our legal team 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.

Birth Injury Is Our Passion

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.

Contact Willens Law Offices

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.

Willens Law Offices
30 N LaSalle St #3450
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 957-4166

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