Compassionate Attorneys For Birth Injury Victims And Their Parents
Our birth injury lawyers at Hofeld and Schaffner are here for you if your baby suffered a birth injury. We have helped many families throughout Illinois recover fair compensation through medical malpractice claims. As seasoned litigators with a reputation for excellence, we have recovered several multimillion-dollar settlements and awards for our clients.
Does My Child Have A Birth Injury?
The birth of your child was no doubt long-awaited with anticipation and hopes for a happy family life to come. Now you have received the news that your baby has a condition that could permanently detract from their quality of life.
The term birth injury applies to any bodily harm or the stillbirth of a newborn child during the birthing process. Many conditions fall under the umbrella term of birth injury. Some common types of birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brachial plexus injury
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Nerve damage
- Kernicterus (brain damage caused by untreated jaundice, allowing for excess bilirubin in the blood)
- Permanent disability
If you suspect that a health care provider or the medical staff’s negligence caused your child’s diagnosis with a disabling condition, you are right to be looking for legal advice from an experienced birth injury attorney. You can rely on us for assistance and support.
A Key Question Parents Seek Answers To: Why?
Health care professionals have an obligation to provide a certain standard of medical care. If they fail to do so, their negligence may cause devastating, expensive and lifelong injuries to innocent babies. The first step is a thorough investigation and analysis from medical professionals to determine the cause of your newborn’s birth injury, such as:
- A delayed C-section
- A botched C-section
- An unnecessary C-section
- Fetal distress
- Faulty monitoring for oxygen deprivation during labor or delivery
- Undetected or untreated risk factors such as an oversized fetus, preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Failure to use well-known maneuvers to overcome obstructions in the birth canal
If your medical malpractice team determines that OB-GYN or hospital negligence was a probable cause of your child’s illness or condition, a birth injury claim or medical malpractice lawsuit may bring financial relief to your child and your family. With proper compensation, you may have the resources to pay for necessary medical treatments, medical expenses, therapy and other special needs related to the birth injury.
Let Us Explain How We Can Help
We will let you know how we may go about pursuing compensation from negligent health care providers by:
- Reviewing medical records
- Consulting with medical experts
- Documenting your child’s condition and associated hardships
- Determining whether your medical provider deviated from the expected standard of care
We will help you sort out your baby’s or child’s challenges and your delivery process if you suspect there is a connection between them. Our law firm is a frequent source of legal counsel for parents in Chicago and beyond who are grappling with their babies’ birth trauma and looking for paths forward.