Orland Park Infant Brain Injury Attorneys
Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving Clients with Birth Injury Cases in Oak Forest and Tinley Park
A baby's brain is incredibly fragile. Infant brain damage affects approximately 3 of every 1,000 births in the United States. Premature infants are even more likely to suffer brain injuries. Babies with brain damage may suffer severe lifelong issues and require millions of dollars in care for neurological and physical issues including autism, attention deficit disorder, and physical disabilities.
In some instances, infant brain damage and other birth injuries can be attributed to medical negligence. In those cases, parents or legal guardians have the right to seek compensation from those who were responsible for their child's injury. With a track record of success in birth injury cases, Schwartz Injury Law can help determine if your child's brain damage could have been prevented with correct medical procedures, then pursue compensation for the damages your family has suffered.
What Causes Infant Brain Damage?
Oxygen deprivation, jaundice, physical trauma during delivery, and infections in the mother's body can all contribute to infant brain damage.
Some examples of medical negligence that could lead to brain damage include:
- If a doctor fails to recognize fetal distress, the need for a C-section, umbilical cord problems, or placenta issues, an infant can suffer significant harm due to lack of oxygen during delivery.
- While jaundice often clears up over time, if a severe case is not treated immediately, it can develop into a brain dysfunction called kernicterus.
- During baby delivery, the improper use of birthing tools such as forceps and excessive pulling can also cause brain damage.
In a birth injury case, you must have distinct proof that negligent actions of the physician or medical staff contributed to your baby's brain damage, and Schwartz Injury Law can help document that evidence. We have handled hundreds of medical malpractice cases and know where to look and what to look for to get to the bottom of your child's brain injury.
Birth Injury Compensation
With Illinois birth injury claims, lawsuits must be filed within eight years of a child’s injury, and no claims can be made after their 22nd birthday.
Claims can recover economic damages for costs related to:
- Doctor and hospital visits, treatments, and medication.
- Physical, rehabilitative, and occupational therapy.
- Ramps, rails, or other necessary home alterations.
- Special education, therapy, and counseling.
- Lost wages if a parent must leave or reduce work to provide full-time care.
Recoverable non-economic damages may include physical and emotional pain and suffering. The Illinois Supreme Court removed the state's cap on non-economic damages in 2010. Schwartz Injury Law will pursue the compensation you and your family deserve in order to overcome financial and emotional burdens related to your case. Previous settlements and verdicts for our clients include compensation of $8 million, $7.5 million and $6 million in separate birth injury cases.
DuPage County Attorneys for Birth Injury Cases
We understand the emotional and financial strain when a child suffers brain damage. Let Schwartz Injury Law help. We will compile evidence including medical records, any past complaints against the doctor or hospital, and other information relevant to your claim, to help secure financial compensation that addresses your family's needs. Contact our Orland Park medical malpractice lawyers at 708-226-9000 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout the area, including but not limited to Tinley Park, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Olympia Fields, Hickory Hills, and Homer Glen.