Pregnancy is one of the most difficult things a human body can experience. In a very short period of time, a woman undergoes massive hormonal changes that can cause severe sickness, weight gain, and structural alterations to her body that do not necessarily go away once a child is born. However, most women are happy to go through these difficult changes because, at the end of the process, they get to hold their infant in their arms.
Being robbed of this experience because inadequate medical care caused the loss of an infant during the pregnancy can change a parent’s life forever—especially if a stillbirth occurred late in pregnancy, shortly before the child was expected to be delivered. While this can happen from natural causes, medical malpractice can unfortunately cause an infant’s life to be lost while in the womb or during delivery. If you know or suspect that this happened to you, [[title]] is here to help. We know we cannot bring back your child, but we can help you take action against the person responsible for your loss and potentially help future parents avoid such painful scenarios.
Stillbirth and Medical Malpractice
Pregnancy is an incredibly complex process, and losing a pregnancy can happen for no less complex reasons. However, the World Health Organization and other leading medical organizations believe most stillbirths can be prevented with adequate medical care. (It is important to differentiate between miscarriage, which happens before 20 weeks gestation, and stillbirth, which occurs after 20 weeks).
Careful medical attention can catch many of the problems that cause stillbirths, especially in women carrying high-risk pregnancies. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Blood pressure problems, such as preeclampsia
- Signs of fetal distress
- Umbilical cord problems, such as nuchal cord syndrome
- Placental abruption or placenta previa
- Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
- Improperly managed maternal medical complications, such as diabetes or obesity
- Prescription medication errors, such as giving a woman a medicine that she is allergic to
Call a Chicago, IL Birth Injuries Lawyer
The loss of an already-loved and much-anticipated infant late in pregnancy is one of the most traumatic experiences a parent can go through. If your child was stillborn because of the neglect or poor care of a doctor, you deserve to explore your options. At [[title]], we take great care in sensitively exploring the legal options in cases involving medical malpractice and infant death, and we are here to shoulder the legal burden so you can focus on recovering. Call us today at [[phone]] to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Cook County birth injury lawyers.