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Birth Injury
Physicians and nurses who deliver babies who provide inadequate care before, during and after delivery can cause severe disabilities, disfigurements or, in some cases, the death of a child. Parents of injured children also suffer great pain as they grieve for the future their child should have experienced and as they attempt to cope with emotional and financial strain. For these and other reasons, birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice often present some of the most devastating cases.
There are a number of ways in which birth injuries may occur. For example, physicians and delivery nurses may fail to properly monitor the baby’s oxygen needs during delivery, which is called hypoxia and can cause catastrophic injuries, including permanent brain damage or death. Other times, physicians may use too much force when removing the baby from its mother and, in doing so, may cause permanent injuries that involve the partial or complete loss or use of limbs as well as brain damage, other injuries and death of a child.
Infants who have been injured during the birthing process often require special care and treatment for the rest of their lives. This care can be extremely expensive, particularly in light of the long time period in which the care is needed. Parents confronting raising an injured child are often terribly worried about their ability to care for a special needs child and to afford the care needed to address the injured child’s needs. Those parents who tragically suffer the loss of a child struggle to cope with profound emotional and psychological trauma inflicted by their loss.
While money cannot erase the pain that an injured child and his or her family experiences, monetary compensation can provide a source of funds for the care, services and materials the child requires. Promptly taking the right steps to protect your interests can also be very important. For example, in Illinois there is a two year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit that asserts a medical malpractice claim. In general, this means that if you wait too long, you may lose your right to obtain the compensation you need and to which you may be entitled.
The attorneys at The Howard Law Firm llc are experienced litigators who know how to handle birth injury cases. If your child has been injured during the birthing process, please call us right away for a free consultation. Remember, if we take your case, we will not charge you any fee unless we obtain a recovery.