Answers From Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers
Parents like you have more questions than answers in the aftermath of a birth injury. In Chicago and the surrounding Illinois communities, you can turn to the proven personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish for the answers your family needs.
Continue reading for answers to frequently asked birth injury questions or call (312) 782-1386 to schedule your free consultation.
Who is responsible for a birth injury?
Birth injuries can be caused by the negligence of doctors, nurses and hospital staff, and some are simply unfortunate occurrences that cannot be prevented even when everyone acts responsibly. It is important to seek the advice of an experienced birth injury attorney who can investigate the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury and determine if there is an actionable claim to be made.
How do I know if I have a birth injury case?
There must be negligence for there to be a successful birth injury claim. Examples of negligence include a doctor failing to adhere to the standard of care, nurses failing to monitor the health of the fetus and the mother or surgical errors during an emergency cesarean section. Ultimately, it must be proven that, if not for negligent actions or failure to act, the child would likely not have suffered the birth injury. An attorney can review your situation and explore the possibility of making a birth injury claim.
Which birth injuries are commonly caused by negligence?
There is a wide variety of birth injuries that can be caused by negligence before and during delivery, including Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, fractures, facial paralysis, bruising and hemorrhages.
What types of compensation can be recovered in a birth injury case?
A birth injury settlement or jury award can provide financial compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, permanent physical disability, lost future wages, emotional distress, loss of companionship and the costs of ongoing medical care and rehabilitation.
How long do I have to pursue a birth injury claim?
It is always best to seek the advice of a lawyer a soon as possible if your child has suffered a birth injury. The earlier evidence can be gathered and examined, the better. Illinois has a statute of limitations that requires birth injury claims to be filed within eight years of the child’s injury or, if the child is disabled by a birth injury, until the child turns 22 years old.
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We can help you determine if you have a case and devise the best course of action for obtaining the full compensation you deserve for your child’s injury. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.