Illinois Mother Files Birth Injury Lawsuit Over C-Section Mistakes

Ava Lawson | February 12th, 2013 | Posted in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit News

Medical Malpractice AttorneysAn Illinois woman, as mother to her minor son, filed a birth injury lawsuit on December 20, 2012. She charges the attending physicians of University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) with negligently performing a Cesarean section delivery, causing her son to sustain injuries. The plaintiff’s birth injury lawyer names as defendants UCMC, in addition to Dr. Mahmoud Ismail and Dr. Kenneth Macek, both employees of the University of Chicago Medical Center. The complaint was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois where the claimant is requesting a trial by jury.

For the child’s permanent injuries allegedly sustained during the C-section delivery, the Illinois plaintiff is citing medical malpractice and seeks multiple damages.

Birth injury lawyer alleges C-section mistakes

According to court documents, during the course of the mother’s Cesarean section delivery on December 25, 2004, her child sustained a 1.5 cm facial laceration to his left-side temple, which needed several stitches. Her complaint alleges that Dr. Mahmoud Ismail and attending doctor, Kenneth Macek, M.D. carelessly and negligently performed a C-section, causing injury to her newborn son.  The mother’s birth injury lawyer charges the medical center and its staff with failing in their duty to exercise a degree of care, skill and caution when administering medical treatment and service to their patients, and that due to their negligent acts, the minor child experienced significant harm.

Cesarean sections are frequently performed in hospitals within the United States, and two out of every ten babies are delivered via C-sections. As with any surgical procedure, a Cesarean delivery has its risks and potential complications, and if attending health care providers are inexperienced, make poor decisions or otherwise act in a careless or negligent way, the consequences can be life-altering for both mother and child. Medical practitioners may decide a C-section is indicated in certain situations, to avoid fetal distress and injuries to the baby. However, if the operation is delayed for too long, or mistakes are made during the surgery – a mother may have grounds for a birth injury lawsuit. The unfortunate consequences of C-section mistakes may result in child that suffers from brain damage, cerebral palsy, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a type of brain injury that occurs when a fetus is deprived of oxygen for prolonged periods.  In many cases, the compensation from a successful medical malpractice claim, filed by a birth injury lawyer, can help families offset the costs associated with caring for a special needs child.

Medical malpractice attorneys can help

Children who suffer the long-term ramifications of birth injury malpractice may face a lifetime of hospital visits, rehabilitation and costly medical care. At Balkin & Eisbrouch, our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys can help families understand their legal options when considering a birth injury lawsuit based on hospital negligence. If you suspect that your child was the victim of substandard medical care by attending physicians during his or her delivery, your family may be entitled to significant compensation. Damages awarded may help pay for past and future medical expenses, disability, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and other losses.

To speak with a helpful birth injury lawyer, please call Balkin & Eisbrouch today.  We offer free case evaluations and there is never any fee unless we win or settle your claim.