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The birth of your child is the most important day of your life, and it should be your happiest. For many people, this moment is the culmination of a lifetime of planning and preparation. Everyone looks forward to greeting their new child with love and affection.
However, medical malpractice can make this day a tragic one that your child will have to spend the rest of his or her life dealing with. Birth injuries can cause serious, long-term damage.
Our experienced birth injury lawyers understand the complex issues involved in these cases, and, just as importantly, we understand the importance of pursuing compensation for your child.
If your child suffered an injury during child birth in the Chicagoland area of Illinois, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 759-1616 for a free consultation.
What is a Birth Injury Lawyer?
Lawyers practice various specialties. In personal injury law, certain attorneys accept birth injury cases. At Sklare Law, we are experienced injury lawyers who will review your case and let you know if you have a claim to make for a birth injury. We have many years of experience handling cases like these.
What Types of Cases Do These Lawyers Handle?
Lawyers choose which cases to accept and which to refer to someone else. This decision may be based on a combination of experience, skill, and knowledge related to the particular area. At Sklare Law, we handle almost any birth injury case linked to someone else’s negligence. Oftentimes these claims involve one of the following injuries:
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain injury
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Nerve injuries
These injuries may arise because of stretching, pulling, or twisting that occurs during delivery. Other causes include:
- Improper fetal monitoring
- Misuse of forceps
- Failure to recognize and respond to fetal distress
- Failure to recognize and respond to a breech birth
- Prolonged labor
Contact our lawyers to find out if we can help you with the type of birth injury your baby sustained.
Are Birth Injuries Considered Medical Malpractice?
Yes, birth injuries may be considered medical malpractice when the injury is caused by a medical provider’s negligence. In these birth injury cases, the provider violates the duty of care owed to the patient, and therefore may be responsible for malpractice.
How Much Compensation Am I Eligible to Receive?
There is no way to guarantee a successful recovery of compensation, but we hope you will take a moment to review our verdicts and settlements to see what our law firm has achieved. We will not stop working for our clients until the best possible results have been reached.
When compensation is awarded in a verdict or granted in a settlement, it may be calculated based on the following:
- Current and future expenses, losses, and impacts on the child’s life
- Daily specialized care
- Ongoing medical evaluations
- Ongoing therapy
- Medical equipment and assistive devices
- Diminished earning capacity
- Special education
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
Properly estimating these costs and knowing what you deserve is best calculated by an experienced birth injury lawyer. Historically, birth injury cases have led to millon-dollar and multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, as well as amounts in the tens and hundreds of thousands.
When Should I Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer?
You should contact our lawyers if you find out that your child has been diagnosed with a condition, illness, or disability that is suspected to be caused by a birth injury.
How Long Does a Birth Injury Case Take?
We know that many of our clients want these issues resolved as quickly as possible without sacrificing results. We take that priority to heart. The exact duration depends on the specific case. It may take several months to several years to resolve a claim with the best possible results.
How Much Does a Birth Injury Lawyer Cost?
Adding more costs is probably the last thing you need right now. Babies who are injured at birth can have injuries and medical conditions that are expensive to treat, in addition to home healthcare and other costs.
Your consultation with us is free and no obligation. You will be able to find out what your options are for pursuing compensation without any financial risk.
We work on a contingency fee basis. There will be no cost to you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Knowing this is a big peace of mind for parents who are supporting their families and paying for medical and therapeutic services.
Examples Of Birth Injuries
As with all medical malpractice cases, the challenge in birth injury cases is proving the violation of a standard of care. Every birth injury is tragic, but not every tragedy qualifies as medical malpractice under Illinois law.
Still, birth injuries are frequently avoidable, and a medical professional's mistake during child birth can result in a serious injury.
Common examples of birth injuries we've handled include:
- Erb's palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Lack of oxygen to the child
- Brain damage
- Nerve damage
Child birth remains a difficult, dangerous affair, even in the 21st century. It must be handled carefully, and with all due caution. So many things can go wrong.
Sadly, birth injuries are not one-time events. Your child will likely be dealing with the effects of the birth injury for the rest of his or her life. There are medical expenses that will never end, and many of these injuries make it difficult to work and earn a living.
That's why the Sklare Law Group takes these cases so seriously. We understand that, in the aftermath of a birth injury, compensation is a necessity, not a luxury. As the victim of someone else's negligence, your child shouldn't have to pay the price.
If you need an experienced birth injury lawyer in the Chicago, Illinois area, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 759-1616 for a free consultation.