The birth of a child should be one of the happiest events a family experiences. When that child experiences a birth injury, however, the event can become one of the saddest and most difficult.
At Patel Law. PC, we help families move forward after a birth injury by filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Illinois courts. We help families achieve jury verdicts and settlements that give them the resources to care for a child with special needs. Families are also often compensated for extensive medical bills, as well as for the pain and suffering they experience.
Types of Birth Injuries
Attorneys at our Illinois law firm represent infants and their families who have been affected by a broad spectrum of birth injuries. These include shoulder dystocia, oxygen deprivation, Erb's palsy/brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy and cerebral fractures.
These injuries occur for many different reasons, but each involves a level of medical netalitlence on the part of the treating OB/GYN, doctors, nurses and hospitals. Often health care providers can fail to diagnose a condition and fail to treat it before it causes harm. These providers may fail to do an in-depth analysis of sonograms, fail to monitor the fetus or fail to do a Cesarean section instead of a vaginal birth.
Was it Medical Malpractice?
Not every negative outcome means that medical malpractice occurred. If your infant was injured during pregnancy, labor or delivery, it can be difficult to tell exactly what went wrong and whose fault it was. If you feel like something went wrong, signs of medical malpractice may be present. The following signs may be important indicators that it's time to speak with an attorney:
- You were not told that the negative outcome was a possibility
- Doctors suddenly stop talking to you and your family, or their behavior changes suddenly
- Health care providers take you aside and mention their concern
- You receive any communication from a hospital's legal department or lawyer
If you believe that a birth injury may have been medical malpractice, talk with an attorney. Call us toll free at 888-341-0748, locally at 217-903-4867 or by completing our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.