Has your child suffered an injury during birth in Illinois and have questions about these 6 birth injury tips for you? Give us a call today.
1) Causes of a Birth Injury
Sometimes, we’re asked, “What are the most common causes of birth injuries?” Oftentimes, the birth injuries occur right around the moment of delivery, and the most common cause of the birth injury will be a lack of oxygen or some event that takes place, either a failure to perform a C-section in a timely manner or a breached baby that stays in position for too long. There could be other things that occur with under-developed lungs. Typically when a bad birth occurs, it usually occurs right around the moment the baby is born and it usually relates to a lack of oxygen.
The reason these types of cases are so tragic is because, within a matter of minutes, an entire life can be changed. Just those few matter of minutes where oxygen is lacking or decreased usually can result in permanent and lifelong injuries. If you have a relative or a child that you think may have a condition because of a lack of oxygen at the time of birth, it is worth looking into. Feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to talk to you and answer any questions that you have.
2) Choosing the Best Birth Injury Lawyer
If you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of something that the doctors or the hospital did in Naperville, you want to select a lawyer that has handled birth injury type cases before. These types of situations are very delicate and also intricate in terms of the medical records and the medical evidence that will need to be established to determine whether or not the birth injury was caused by something the doctor or hospital did.
When deciding which lawyer to hire, you want to ask them, “Have you handled birth injury cases in the past?” We’d be happy to investigate or answer any questions you have about a birth injury you suspect was caused by a doctor or hospital. Feel free to give us a call.
3) Available Birth Injury Damages
In Illinois, the types of damages that are available for a birth injury primarily surround the lifetime of medical need that the baby is going to require. In other words, the way to think about it is the loss of the normal life that the baby has suffered. It is common in the cases that we’ve handled that the future medical care and medical needs of a baby that has suffered a birth injury at birth can reach into the millions and multiple of millions of dollars of a lifetime of medical need that will need to be addressed now, at a young age.
The amount of money that would need to be set aside for the child and the amount of trusts and different things that would need to be established in order to care for the child, even after the parents have passed on, you have to make sure that there are enough resources available to take care of the child that suffered the birth injury for the remainder of their life.
When you’re hiring a lawyer, it’s important that you find one that is familiar with all the different things that are going to be required into the future, all the way for the life of the baby that has suffered the injury, and has done it before and is familiar with the type of steps to take. If you have any questions or you suspect that maybe your child suffered a birth injury as the result of something a doctor or hospital did, please feel free to give us a call.
4) Birth Injury Case Timeline
Often when we are meeting with parents in Illinois that have suffered a birth injury or an injury to their child when they were born, they will ask us, “How long is this all going to take?” Birth injury cases are very complex, and they can go on for a number of years. More importantly, sometimes it’s necessary to allow for the full development of the child, in other words, to get a full picture of what the lifetime needs of the child are going to be into the future. It is not uncommon for a birth injury case to last two, three years at a time because it takes that long to investigate the medical side of all the things that may or may not have taken place at the time the baby was born, but at the same time investigate what the needs are going to be all the way into the future as the child grows up.
If you have any questions about whether or not your child suffered a birth injury at the hands of a hospital or doctor at the time they were born, feel free to give us a call. We’ll look into it and can answer any questions that you have.
5) Proving a Doctor’s Negligence For A Child’s Birth Injury
Sometimes, in Naperville, we are asked by parents to explore or investigate whether or not the birth injuries that their baby has suffered may be the result of the negligence of the doctors or the team that delivered the baby at the hospital. The way that you investigate that is you obtain all of the medical records, not only at the time of the birth but also leading up to the birth. We use a group of experts to review those medical records, to just kind of look back and see if there’s anything that jumps out or stands out in those medical records, to see whether or not the birth injury that’s showing signs today may have been caused all the way back then at the time of birth.
If you suspect that either the doctor or hospital may have caused the birth injuries in your child, please feel free to give us a call. We’ll answer any questions that you have.
6) Pursuing a Birth Injury Claim After Signing a Consent Form
Often, parents in Illinois will call us and ask if we can investigate the birth injuries their child suffered at the time that they were born to see whether or not there was potential malpractice. They will often tell us, “I signed a consent form. Does that mean that I can’t pursue or investigate a case?” The answer to that is no. You can pursue a case even if consent forms were signed. The child who suffered the birth injury has a right to recover any damages that they may have suffered as a result of the negligence of either the doctor or the hospital.
If you suspect that your child has suffered some sort of birth injury at the time that they were born, please feel free to give us a call. Even if you’ve signed a consent form, we’ll be happy to take a look at it and answer any questions that you have.
Have you or your child suffered an injury during birth in Illinois and have questions about these 6 birth injury tips for you? Contact our experienced Naperville birth injury lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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