Illinois Mother Brings Claims for Baby’s Brachial Plexus Injury

Shay Morrigan | March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit News

Brachial Plexus Injury An Illinois mother filed a new birth injury lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County on February 28, 2013. In her complaint, she states that her doctor was negligent in failing to diagnose her gestational diabetes, and in performing a risky vacuum extraction, caused injuries to her newborn child.

The plaintiff brings counts against Dr. Brian P. Foley, the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages.

Plaintiff claims failure to diagnose in birth injury lawsuit

According to her lawsuit, the plaintiff came under the care of Dr. Foley, an obstetrician in the city of Chicago, on November 17, 2005. From that day until June 24, 2006, she was under his care while pregnant with her child.

During that time, the plaintiff claims that Dr. Foley failed to diagnose her gestational diabetes, and also failed to provide any management whatsoever for that condition. According to standard medical knowledge, gestational diabetes can cause macrosomia, or “big baby syndrome.” In fact, maternal diabetes is the most common cause of large baby syndrome. Because the excess glucose in the bloodstream can cross into the placenta, it can trigger the baby’s pancreas to make extra insulin, which can cause the fetus to grow too large.

Overly large babies are likely to become wedged in the birth canal, which can increase risk of complications like a brachial plexus injury, which damages nerve endings and can result in muscle problems and paralysis.

Mother alleges child suffered brachial plexus injury

Represented by her medical malpractice lawyers, the mother claims that the doctor failed to notice the signs of fetal macrosomia, including fundal height measurements that were abnormally large, and an ultrasound report on June 8, 2006, that warned about the large size of the abdominal circumference.

The plaintiff goes on to state that the doctor failed to diagnose the fetus as a macrosomic baby, failed to diagnose a protraction disorder of the first stage of labor, and failed to offer her the option of a cesarean section. Instead, the doctor extracted the baby with a vacuum extraction procedure, which the plaintiff says caused her child to suffer a brachial plexus injury.

Medical malpractice lawyers bring counts of negligence

The child in this case was said to have been born with a lack of oxygen and a right brachial plexus injury. This is a condition in which the network of nerves in the shoulder that send signals from the spine to the arm and hand is damaged. When these nerves are stretched or torn, the child may suffer permanent injury, and be unable to move the upper and lower arm, and possibly the hand. The plaintiff, through her medical malpractice lawyers, states that as a direct result of the doctor’s negligent behavior, her child has suffered pain, disabilities, and inconveniences, and must live with permanent injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries stemming from birth injury malpractice, contact the law firm of Balkin & Eisbrouch to discuss your eligibility for filing a claim. The consultation is free, and we never collect a fee unless we win your case.