CHICAGO BIRTH INJURY ATTORNEY
At The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C,
The birth injury cases we handle in Chicago are some of the most tragic and complex. Lawyers who are highly experienced not only in the courtroom but also in the nuances of proper medical procedure are needed for these cases. You can count on The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C. to provide you with a team of experienced birth injury attorneys to handle your case with compassion and.
How Are Birth Defects and Birth Injuries Different?
One out of every seven children born in the United States suffers a birth injury. It is an injury that occurs during labor or delivery. The term birth defect refers to a malformation or disability that is caused by genetics or environmental factors. Some prescription drugs have caused birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Imaging technology and other tests should be available to doctors and other healthcare providers to determine the health of the baby (i.e. the presence of any birth defects or abnormalities) before delivery. Negligence can occur when tests are not run properly and care is not provided to a pregnant mother.
At The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C., we handle all types of birth injury cases, including those involving:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cesarean Sections
- Erb’s Palsy
- Forceps Injuries
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Maternal Death
- Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Vacuum Extractor Injuries
What Are The Causes of Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries may be caused by a variety of doctor, nurse, midwife, or hospital mistakes. If a medical professional fails to provide the mother or unborn baby with suitable care, or if the medical facility makes a mistake in sanitizing equipment or providing usable medical equipment, it can ultimately cause a birth injury.
Birth injuries can be caused by any of the following:
- Delayed birthPreterm labor
- Delayed C-section delivery
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum
- Inadequate fetal heart rate monitoring
- Overlarge infant
- Oxygen deprivation
- Prolonged labor
Settlements & Verdicts in Birth Injury Cases
Birth injuries can be compensated in many ways. A child who suffers brain damage during delivery, for example, and suffers cerebral palsy as a result, could be compensated for ongoing medical care, in-home care, and loss of future earning capacity. The physical damage suffered by newborns born with defects or with injuries during delivery often requires a larger financial commitment than would be required for a healthy baby.
The following factors influence the amount of damages a plaintiff can receive:
Damages caused by negligence should be considered for each element
- Injuries and their extent
- Preexisting conditions or ailments
- Disability and loss of normal life
- Potential for future harm as a result of the injury
Birth injury verdicts can be calculated by adding medical costs, disfigurement, disability, loss of normal life, pain and suffering, time, earnings, profits, salaries, benefits lost, and the risk of future harm. In order to determine the finalized total damages, the “total damages” are multiplied by the probability that a future condition or harm will occur. In a birth injury claim, the value of damages can be diminished by shortened life expectancy.
If You Have any Questions, Call Our Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys
Birth injuries and birth trauma cases have lasting effects. Some mothers give birth to children with disabilities and they lack the financial resources to provide their children with the level of care they need. There are many husbands who lose their wives because of tragic medical mistakes made during labor. No matter the circumstances of your case, the Chicago birth injury attorneys at The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C. will assess your case and determine the necessary legal action.