Chicago Apgar Scores and Birth Injuries Injury Lawyer

Was Your Child Injured? Call Beam Legal Team at (866) 766-3806.

a hand holding a baby

Apgar scores are an important assessment tool used to evaluate a newborn’s health immediately after birth. They offer valuable insights into a baby’s condition, but when these scores are low, it can indicate potential concerns, including birth injuries. Here’s what you need to know about Apgar scores and their role in diagnosing birth injuries.

Common Causes of Low Apgar Scores

Low Apgar scores might result from various factors, including:

  • Difficulties during delivery: Prolonged labor, umbilical cord issues, or oxygen deprivation can affect a baby’s condition.
  • Premature Birth: A baby born prematurely may have a lower Apgar score due to underdevelopment.
  • Infections or Health Complications: Maternal infections or health issues during pregnancy can impact the baby’s health.

Need assistance? Request a complimentary consultation online or call us at (866) 766-3806.

When Birth Injuries Result in a Low Apgar Score

In some cases, birth injuries like oxygen deprivation or trauma during delivery can lead to low Apgar scores. These injuries might result in long-term health issues for the baby, and the Apgar score test is meant to alert doctors to them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Apgar Score?

A: The Apgar score, developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar, is a quick assessment performed at one and five minutes after birth. It may then be continued in five-minute intervals for up to 20 minutes if an infant has a score lower than 7.

It evaluates the newborn’s heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin color. Scores range from 0 to 10, with higher scores indicating better health.

Q: How is the Apgar Test Performed?

A: Healthcare providers assess the baby’s vital signs and responses to stimulation. Each category receives a score from 0 to 2 (0 for poor, 1 for fair, and 2 for good), and the scores are totaled for the final Apgar score.

Q: What Does a Low Apgar Score Mean?

A: A low Apgar score doesn’t necessarily indicate long-term health problems. However, it can be a sign that the baby needs immediate medical attention and further evaluation.

Q: Does a Low Apgar Score Indicate Medical Malpractice?

A: While a low Apgar score alone doesn’t prove medical malpractice, it could be a sign of potential negligence or inadequate care during childbirth, especially if the health condition that caused the low score resulted from preventable causes like delayed interventions or mishandling of complications.

Q: What Should I Do If My Child Has a Low Apgar Score?

A: If your child received a low Apgar score, they should have received immediate medical attention by the delivering medical staff. If they did not, this could be a further example of healthcare provider negligence. Consulting with experienced birth injury attorneys can help evaluate the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth to determine if negligence or malpractice contributed to their low score and injuries.

Q: Can Apgar Scores Be Wrong?

A: Apgar scores are subjective and can be affected by various factors. While they provide a snapshot of the baby’s condition, errors in assessment or transient issues might lead to inaccuracies. However, persistent low scores warrant further investigation.

If your child’s low Apgar score resulted from potential negligence or malpractice, our Chicago birth injury lawyers can provide guidance and support. We represent clients across the U.S. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your child’s injury.

Please give us a call to learn more about how we can help you address your child’s birth injury.

Our Experience in Birth Injury Cases

At Beam Legal Team, we’ve been at the forefront of advocating for families affected by birth injuries since 1983. With four decades of dedicated service, we have championed the rights of families across the state and beyond.

Proven Track Record of Success

Throughout our history, we’ve relentlessly pursued justice for our clients. Our firm’s efforts have resulted in securing more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for families impacted by birth injuries. Our hard work has provided critical support for families facing the challenges of caring for children with birth injury-related disabilities.

Extensive Understanding of Birth Injury Laws

Over the years, we’ve gained extensive experience and knowledge in navigating the complexities of birth injury laws in Illinois and beyond. Our legal team’s expertise extends across numerous types of birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, brain damage, and other complications stemming from medical negligence during childbirth.

Compassionate and Personalized Representation

We understand the emotional and financial toll birth injuries can have on families. That’s why our approach is centered on providing compassionate support while fiercely advocating for our clients’ rights. We take the time to understand each family’s unique circumstances to ensure they receive personalized legal strategies tailored to their specific needs.

Our Values

Our core values guide every aspect of our practice. These values are the pillars upon which we’ve built our reputation as a trusted birth injury law firm in Illinois.

Knowledge: Nationwide Representation

We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge and capability to represent clients in birth injury cases across all 50 states. Our firm’s depth of understanding regarding the nuances of birth injury laws nationwide ensures that, regardless of your location, you receive comprehensive legal support tailored to your state’s specific legal requirements.

Results: Over $1 Billion Recovered

Our commitment to delivering exceptional results is unwavering. With a track record of securing more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients, we’ve provided substantial financial relief to families impacted by birth injuries. These results speak volumes about our dedication to fighting for justice and fair compensation for our clients.

Integrity: Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Rating

Integrity is the cornerstone of our practice. We’re proud to have earned an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, a testament to our commitment to ethical standards and legal excellence. This prestigious recognition reflects the trust, respect, and integrity we bring to every case and interaction.

Experience: Since 1983

With a legacy dating back to 1983, our firm’s extensive experience in handling birth injury cases spans decades. Our longevity in the legal field signifies not just our tenure but also the depth of knowledge, expertise, and resilience we bring to advocating for families affected by birth injuries.

How Our Team Can Help

At Beam Legal Team, we understand the emotional and financial toll that birth injuries can inflict on families. Our dedicated team of legal professionals is committed to providing compassionate support and tenacious advocacy for families navigating these challenging circumstances in Illinois.

Compassionate Guidance

We recognize that every birth injury case is unique and deeply personal. Our team takes the time to listen, empathize, and understand your family’s situation. We approach each case with compassion, offering a supportive environment where you can share your concerns and receive the guidance you need during this difficult time. We prioritize open communication, ensuring you’re informed of what’s happening at every step of the legal process.

Experienced Advocacy

With years of experience handling birth injury cases in Illinois, our firm boasts a team of seasoned attorneys well-versed in the complexities of medical malpractice law. We leverage our extensive knowledge and resources to meticulously investigate each case, collaborating with medical experts to build a compelling argument for our clients. Our track record of successful outcomes reflects our dedication to securing the best possible results for families affected by birth injuries.

Specialized Legal Representation

Birth injury cases demand a unique understanding of both the legal and medical aspects involved. Our firm specializes in this niche area, possessing a deep understanding of obstetrics, neonatology, and related medical fields. This specialized knowledge allows us to effectively interpret medical records, identify negligence, and craft strategies tailored to the intricacies of birth injury claims. We work tirelessly to pursue justice and seek fair compensation for the harm caused to your child and family.

Helping Clients Across the U.S.

While based in Illinois, our commitment to aiding families affected by birth injuries goes beyond our state’s borders. Our birth injury lawyers proudly serve clients nationwide, offering compassionate, experienced, and specialized legal representation to families in all 50 states.

Regardless of your location in the U.S., our team is equipped to provide dedicated legal support tailored to your state’s specific laws and regulations. Distance doesn’t hinder our ability to offer comprehensive assistance—we leverage our expertise and resources to ensure every client receives personalized guidance and representation, no matter where they reside.

If your family has been impacted by a birth injury anywhere in the United States, our compassionate and skilled team at Beam Legal Team is ready to stand by your side, offering the legal expertise and support your family deserves. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and let us help you navigate the legal complexities of your family’s birth injury case.