With all the medical advances in modern medicine, birth injuries should be a thing of the past. All too often, however, doctors and other medical professionals are careless in treating and monitoring their patients, which leads to birth injuries. If your family is in this situation, a Rockford birth injury lawyer Ben Crump may be able to explain your legal rights.
You may be unsure what to do first after your child suffers a birth injury. We want you to do what is most important – focus on your child and any necessary medical treatment. We will take care of the rest.
We Will Explain Whether You Have a Valid Birth Injury Case
Not every negative outcome of childbirth means that medical negligence or malpractice has occurred. You must have evidence to prove that the birth injury to your child occurred because the medical professional made an error or provided substandard treatment. Potentially responsible parties could include:
- Medical facilities
- OB/GYN medical practices
Medical professionals have a legal duty of care to their patients. This duty of care must align with the duty of care that a similarly educated and experienced medical professional would show in the same circumstances. When medical treatment falls below this minimum standard of care, medical malpractice may occur.
For instance, suppose that a child suffered a birth injury because a doctor failed to appropriately take action quickly enough in response to signs of distress during childbirth. If a medical expert believes that a reasonable doctor would have acted differently in the same situation, then the doctor may have been negligent in failing to take action. As a result, you might have a birth injury claim.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Rockford, call (800) 641-8998
We Will Consider All Types of Compensation That You Might Obtain in Your Case
Compensation awards in birth injury cases can take different forms. The ultimate award in a particular case depends largely on how serious and permanent the injuries to the child are, as well as the prognosis for the future. Some examples of economic or financial losses associated with a birth injury might include:
- Hospital and surgical bills
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Costs of specialized medical equipment
- Lost income if a parent must become a full-time caregiver
Noneconomic damages also may be a component of an award in a birth injury case. Although these losses may be more challenging to document or translate into monetary terms, they are no less significant. These losses include items such as:
- Loss of enjoyment of life and engagement in regular activities
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Rockford birth injury lawyer Ben Crump is here to help you maximize any compensation for which you may be eligible. We are familiar with all available types of awards in birth injury cases and how to gather the evidence necessary to justify those claims. Together, we can build a strong claim to compensate you for the losses to your child.
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We Will Help You Understand what We Can do for You at Every Stage of Your Case
As your team of experienced birth injury lawyers, we will put our full efforts toward representing the interests of your child and your family. We will focus on:
- Investigating the background of the birth injury to your child
- Getting medical opinions about the standard of care provided to your child
- Interviewing witnesses and reviewing medical records
- Filing claims and negotiating with insurance companies
- Meeting all appropriate deadlines
- Filing a lawsuit in court if settlement is impossible
We go the extra mile to make sure that you are fully satisfied with our services. You will receive personalized attention from your legal team and get periodic updates about your case. Together, we will work to resolve your case in the most favorable manner possible.
We Will Show You How You Can Afford Our Services
You can call us at any time to have a free consultation about your birth injury case. This process allows us to:
- Talk about the events that led to your child being injured
- Discuss your case without any risk or obligation on your part
- Get a better sense of your situation
- Determine whether you have a valid legal claim.
If we both decide to pursue a claim for compensation resulting from the birth injury to your child, you do not need to worry about paying us anything up front. We take no payments from you up front to start working on your case. Our legal fees come out of the award that you receive upon resolution of your case.
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We Will Let You Know How Long You Have to File Your Case in Court
735 ILCS section 5/13-212(a) gives birth injury victims and their families a limited time to file their cases in court. However, they may have more time than other victims of medical malpractice. In most cases, they have eight years from the date of their injury to file their case in court.
As a practical matter, a child who suffers injuries at birth has until his or her eighth birthday to file a medical malpractice case in court. This length of time allows families to potentially still sue for birth injuries that do not appear immediately after birth. However, there are exceptions and other deadlines that may apply, so getting legal advice is always wise.
We Will Fight for Families Whose Children Have Suffered Birth Injuries
We are here to represent the families of children who have suffered injuries or even fatalities due to medical negligence. Our goal is to hold these medical professionals accountable for their actions. By contacting Rockford birth injury lawyer Ben Crump for help, you can take the first step toward getting justice for your child.
Call us at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at (800) 641-8998. Get your free case consultation at any time, at no risk to you. Do not hesitate to learn about your legal rights to compensation for the injuries that your child has suffered.