Birth Injuries

Birth Injury Attorneys in Charleston, IL

A Reputation for Results in Complex Birth Injury Actions

Having a baby should be a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, labor and delivery complications can occur, which may result in serious injury or the tragic loss of a newborn. These complications result from medical negligence that occurs before, during, or after labor and delivery, if hospital staff fail to monitor the baby for fetal distress or fail to take quick action once a problem is discovered

    Since 1996, we have fought for children and families whose lives have been adversely affected by obstetric malpractice. Our Charleston birth injury lawyers understand how to deal with these technical and complex cases, fighting for our clients’ rights to lifelong compensation.

    If your baby has suffered a birth injury, please do not hesitate to call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm at (217) 394-5885 for a free, confidential consultation.

    Common Types of Birth Injuries

    Serving Central and Southern Illinois, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm takes on cases involving:

    • Delayed C-section
    • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor in an assisted delivery
    • Failure to monitor/recognize fetal distress
    • Anesthesia errors
    • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Erb’s palsy
    • Brachial plexus injuries
    • Mismanaged shoulder dystocia
    • Medication errors
    • Failure to diagnose/treat preeclampsia

    Reasons to Pursue a Birth Injury Lawsuit

    Cerebral palsy and other birth injuries can lead to a lifetime of physical and mental injuries. A birth injury claim gives the injured child and his or her family the opportunity to pursue financial compensation for medical care, ongoing treatment, assistive devices, medication, and a lifetime of care to face a more stable future.

    Additionally, by holding the negligent medical professional accountable for the actions that led to your birth injury, it may help prevent other families from suffering the same pain.

    Birth Injuries Caused by Oxygen Deprivation

    One of the most serious labor and delivery complications is oxygen deprivation. Even a short duration of oxygen deprivation can cause long-term health problems after birth, leading to brain damage, developmental delays, and even death.

    Oxygen deprivation can occur as a result of:

    • Breech Presentation: Normally, the head should be delivered first. However, in a breech presentation, the buttocks present first. This can cause the umbilical cord to become compressed between the baby's head and the birth canal, cutting off the baby's oxygen supply.
    • Prolapsed Umbilical Cord: The umbilical cord precedes the baby through the vagina. When this occurs, the cord becomes trapped and cuts off the blood supply to the baby.
    • Nuchal Cord: A nuchal cord is an umbilical cord that is wrapped around the fetus's neck.
    • Medical Malpractice: Negligence by the hospital staff can include the use of excessive force, including the use of improper rotational force during the delivery, medication errors, improper intubation, and delayed performance of a C-section. Any failure to provide standard care during pregnancy, labor, or delivery may cause oxygen deprivation.

    Serving Injured Children & Their Families in Coles County

    No child should have to suffer a serious birth injury due to the conduct of a negligent doctor or nurse. Our Charleston, IL birth injury attorneys are dedicated to exposing malpractice by obstetricians, OB/GYNs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals and facilities. In addition to fighting for the maximum compensation that can help our clients face brighter futures, we believe in holding at-fault parties accountable, so others do not suffer similar fates.

    Fill out our online contact form or call (217) 394-5885 to find out how The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm can help with your birth injury case.


    • Unwavering Dedication
      We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.
    • A Record of Proven Results
      Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.
    • Respected in Our Community
      When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.
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      We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

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    If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


    Millions Recovered For Our Clients
    • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

      Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

    • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

      Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

    • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

      Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

    • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

      Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

    • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

      Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

    • Medical Malpractice $1,000,000 Settlement
    • Hospital Negligence Resulting in Death of a Veteran $975,000 Settlement
    • Medical Negligence $650,000 Settlement
    • Medical Malpractice $375,000 Settlement
    • Medical Malpractice $300,000 Settlement

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