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Premature Birth Injury Malpractice

Compensation For Birth Injuries Caused By Preterm Delivery

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The time before a baby’s birth is an exciting time for parents. They often wish the baby to be born sooner rather than later. However, preterm deliveries are not always handled correctly by doctors and hospital staff.

At The Gori Law Firm, our attorneys are aggressive advocates for parents whose children have been injured by negligently handled preterm deliveries or a doctor’s failure to perform a preterm delivery. Give us a call today to talk about your unique situation in a confidential consultation.

We have 40 years of experience handling medical negligence and malpractice cases across Illinois and Missouri, including claims related to birth-related injuries. Using this experience, we can thoroughly assess your case and determine the best way in which to pursue a resolution.

There are many issues related to preterm deliveries or failure to perform a preterm delivery if a fetus is in distress. Below are some of the more common ones.

Umbilical Cord Issues

An umbilical cord becoming wrapped around the infant’s neck, knotted or tangled somehow may result in a preterm delivery. Your doctor should be skilled enough to expertly handle this condition while preserving the child’s airway and resolving the situation with minimal struggle. In malpractice cases, however, a doctor may not be monitoring the situation properly and may not take steps to deliver the child. It is in these cases that hypoxia may occur. The child’s airway may be cut off or blood flow to the brain may be stopped due to cord compression.


Hypoxia, also known as oxygen deprivation, can be caused by compression of the umbilical cord as the result of shoulder dystocia or meconium aspiration. This lack of oxygen to the brain can often result in children with developmental delays and physical impairments that impede their ability to function independently. Also, a traumatic brain injury in a child can cause paralysis and require constant medical attention for the rest of the child’s life.

Premature Babies

Premature babies, or preemies, often have a variety of health concerns that must be addressed due to their early arrival. Their lungs may not be fully developed, along with other developmental issues. A doctor should be able to identify these issues and see that they are properly treated. If this is not done, however, the child may be left with permanent injuries.

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Contact us at the law firm of The Gori Law Firm, today. All cases are taken on a contingency basis. Contact a lawyer at our office to help you understand your rights and options.

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