Birth Injury Lawyer

Cook County Cerebral Hypoxia Lawyer

At the Chicago law firm of Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we represent people throughout Illinois whose lives have been changed by medical malpractice. Our clients include people who have experienced brain injury or lost loved ones due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis.

Our law firm has always done medical malpractice, but about 10 years ago, we made a decision to focus exclusively on this practice area. Partners at our law firm include board certified cardiologists and board certified respiratory therapists who put their medical knowledge to good use — serving the victims of misdiagnosis.

Many of our clients are people whose children have experienced oxygen deprivation (called cerebral hypoxia). Oxygen deprivation to a fetus can occur at any time during the pregnancy, but it most often occurs during labor and delivery. It is often preventable. Sadly, due to medical negligence, many health care providers fail to take the appropriate actions to prevent it or to minimize the severity of the injury.

Oxygen Deficiency and Medical Negligence

It is the responsibility of medical professionals to properly monitor the fetus. If distress is detected, these medical providers have the responsibility to act quickly before oxygen deprivation occurs.

There are many reasons oxygen deficiency can occur during pregnancy, labor or delivery:

  • Placental abruption
  • Uterine rupture
  • Preeclampsia
  • Delayed delivery

As experienced medical malpractice attorneys, we know that most oxygen deprivation injuries happen when proper monitoring is not done. They happen when the doctor is not immediately told of fetal distress or when an emergency cesarean section is not performed.

The long-term effects of oxygen deprivation can include problems with speech or movement. Children often have trouble walking or controlling their balance. They may face learning difficulties and exhibit behavior problems. Some children suffer from epilepsy, which has been associated with oxygen deficiency at birth.

A young baby required heart surgery. During the surgery, a flash fire broke out. Doctors removed her breathing tube, but the removal of the tube led to oxygen deprivation in the brain and caused brain damage. Her parents contacted Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, to take legal action.

Contact a Chicago Cerebral Hypoxia Lawyer

If your child has suffered a serious birth injury, we are here to stand up for your child’s rights. For a free case review by a lawyer who is also a medical doctor, contact us at 312-346-8700 or toll free at 866-346-8700. You may also contact us online.