If you think your infant’s birth asphyxia happened because of a Rockford medical provider’s error or failure, you can explore your legal options with an Illinois Birth Asphyxia attorney from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. We can meet with you privately to review the circumstances that led to your baby’s injury and figure out how an Illinois birth asphyxia lawyer can help your legal strategy. Call us now for a free consultation at (800) 222-9529.
We work on contingency and take no up-front payments from you unless you win your case. Our payment will come from the settlement you receive.
The Statute of Limitations in Your State
We encourage you to take action promptly if you are interested in pursuing a legal case. As outlined in 735 ILCS 5/13-212(b), you generally must file your medical malpractice action within eight years of when your child’s birth injury occurred. If you miss this statute of limitations deadline, you could lose out on recovering compensation.
You Could Recover Compensation to Pay Your Child’s Medical Expenses
Birth asphyxia injuries can cause lifelong complications for an infant, and that news can be hard for any parent to hear.
In many cases, the infant will grow up with needs that require long-term care. Children with birth asphyxia can go on to have physical and intellectual disabilities that will make life different from the one their parents imagined.
Permanent brain damage is among the most severe injuries of oxygen deprivation. Caring for a child who has it means providing long-term medical care and other therapies to ensure their needs are met. Many parents do not know how they will pay the staggering costs of such care, especially if they had to leave their jobs or work fewer hours to take care of their child full-time.
Pursuing Damages in Your Case
A Rockford birth asphyxia lawyer with our firm can evaluate your damages should you pursue a medical malpractice case. You may be able to recover these economic damages, which you can document with receipts, invoices, and other paperwork:
- Medical expenses: This can include emergency care, ongoing care, medications, and assistive devices (such as a wheelchair).
- Lost wages: Time you missed from work because of your caregiver role or if you had to leave work permanently to take care of your baby is in this damage category.
- Loss of earning capacity: You may have had difficulty working since you have had to take care of your child. This could mean you had to work fewer hours, and therefore, had less money coming into the home.
- Funeral expenses: If you lost your baby to birth asphyxia, please accept our sincerest condolences. You could pursue any costs associated with funeral or burial arrangements you made for your child. Call us to discuss how we can help you pursue a wrongful death action.
You may also be awarded non-economic damages, which are more challenging to evaluate because they do not have a dollar amount attached. These include:
- Pain and suffering: You and your baby are suffering from a preventable medical error that led to a serious, life-altering injury. You can recover compensation for the pain it has caused.
- Disability: As a result of birth asphyxia, your child now must manage life with impairments that will affect them for their lifetime.
- Emotional distress: The loss of a child or harm of your child due to a birth injury has taken an emotional toll on you and your family, which has made it difficult to function daily.
Call us now for a free consultation at (800) 222-9529 to discuss your damages and losses that are unique to your case.
A Rockford Birth Asphyxia Lawyer Can Help Your Medical Malpractice Case
Establishing that a medical provider’s negligence is responsible for your baby’s birth injury requires knowledge of Illinois’ complex medical malpractice laws, which can be complex and challenging to understand.
We handle cases in this area, so we know what legal elements are required to prove your health care provider’s liability. We can use our knowledge to help you rebuild your life after a traumatic experience.
Medical providers are expected to administer the accepted standard of care to all their patients. If this duty of care is breached and patients are harmed and suffer damages due to that harm, a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit may be in order.
Medical Staff Must Act Quickly in a Birth Asphyxia Emergency
Birth asphyxia complications can arise before, during, or after childbirth, so attentive medical staff should keep close tabs on the mother’s pregnancy and recognize the signs of when she or her unborn fetus is in distress.
If your medical provider did not respond quickly or appropriately or failed to diagnose your child’s asphyxia or was late to diagnose it, you could pursue a medical malpractice action. We can help you pursue your case. We will start by reviewing your infant’s health emergency to determine what happened and how the facility handled it.
How Can Your Lawyer Help?
Your lawyer can help you collect evidence and interview expert witnesses whose professional opinions can support your case. We also can:
- Manage your entire case from beginning to end
- Communicate with all parties for you, including the insurance company and the liable party’s legal representatives
- Handle negotiation settlement talks on your behalf
- Prepare all essential paperwork for your case
- File your lawsuit on time, making sure you don’t miss the deadline
- Keep you updated on all developments
- Prepare your case for trial if negotiations do not lead to favorable compensation for you
Call Today for a Free Consultation with the Birth Injury Lawyers Group
We understand how challenging the road ahead is, but we are here for you. Many families in this position are trying to understand how to be there for their children and make sure their rights are protected. We can help you fight for the compensation that can help your family move forward.
We are ready to get started on your case. Call the legal team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 today to learn more about how you can work with a birth injury lawyer on your case.