Over 25,000 newborns suffer injuries at birth each year, often through the negligence of medical personnel. The experience is devastating for parents who discover their child may need life-long care while simultaneously facing huge medical bills. Seeking compensation for birth-related injuries can improve the quality of life for both the baby and the family.
The Chicago birth injury lawyers at Smith LaCien LLC understand what you’re going through. They have extensive experience in handling complex birth injury cases. They will work with you from the start through to a settlement or jury trial to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. They will do so at no charge to you and in fact, only receive a payment if they win your case.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice describes negligence by medical personnel in providing medical care that led to injury or death. Birth injuries occur when healthcare providers do not meet the industry’s standards of care by failing to diagnose a condition or prevent infection, making an incorrect diagnosis or treatment, misreading lab results, making a medication error, or failing to warn the patient about potential risks.
Medical errors can cause a host of injuries and disabilities such as shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, fluid build-up in the scalp, ruptured ocular blood vessels from extended or strenuous labor, spinal cord injuries, and fractures, particularly of the collar bone.
Defining Wrongful Death in Infants
If an infant dies during labor or birth, a lawsuit may be considered a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawsuits are similar to regular personal injury cases but differ primarily due to the level of compensation. Additional expenses like funeral and burial costs may be included.
While compensation can’t reverse a family’s physical emotional pain and suffering, it can improve a child’s quality of life. With medical bills paid for and rehabilitation covered, you are better equipped to support your baby’s recovery and growth. With a higher level of care, you’ll likely be able to secure a higher quality of life.