If your newborn was hurt by medical negligence that led to birth asphyxia in Peoria, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you take legal action. An attorney from our firm can investigate your child’s injuries and may build a medical malpractice case on your behalf. While you focus on your child’s well-being, our Illinois Birth Asphyxia lawyers can fight for the compensation you may be eligible for.
The first step is to call our client intake team at (800) 222-9529. During this call, we can discuss your child’s injuries, your legal options, and how we can support you.
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How Medical Negligence Can Cause Birth Asphyxia
If you can demonstrate that medical negligence caused your child’s birth asphyxia, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim against the responsible party.
In general terms, medical negligence is when a doctor’s level of care for a patient falls below a reasonable standard. In other words, if another doctor were in the same position, they would likely have taken different actions that could have prevented the injuries. Accordingly, negligence can be either something a doctor did or did not do.
One major cause of birth asphyxia is a difficult delivery. Doctors are supposed to screen for the signs of a difficult delivery and, if possible, arrange a safer alternative, such as a cesarean section (C-section). A failure to screen for a difficult delivery could make a doctor liable for the resultant complications.
Other times, a child in the womb can have birth asphyxia if the mother has an infection that doctors fail to identify and treat. During delivery, a child’s oxygen could also be cut off if they are mishandled, and the umbilical cord wraps around their neck. Compression to the umbilical cord can cut off the baby’s oxygen supply, as well.
These are not the only ways that doctor negligence may cause or be a factor in a case of birth asphyxia. It is also important to note that some cases of birth asphyxia are naturally occurring or unpreventable, meaning they will not qualify as medical negligence.
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How a Lawyer Can Help Strengthen Your Case
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can investigate your child’s birth for evidence of medical negligence. If necessary, we can hire medical experts to testify in your defense that they believe your child’s injuries resulted from medical malpractice.
We can manage every step of your family’s medical malpractice case, including:
- Handling all communications
- Gathering evidence
- Filing your insurance claim or lawsuit
- Negotiating for a settlement
- Fighting at trial
This may allow us to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and the future impacts of your child’s condition on their life. Non-economic damages, such as disability or pain and suffering, may also be available in your case.
The Statute of Limitations in Your Case
Keep in mind that the Illinois statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits, 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes §5/13-212, generally gives victims below age 18 eight years to submit their lawsuit. This means that you may be able to sue for malpractice even if you do not discover your child’s birth injury until years later.
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The Birth Injury Lawyers Group works on contingency, meaning we charge our clients only if we win their case. For a free case review with a qualified lawyer on our team, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529.