A birth injury like hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) can affect your child for life. If the injury was caused by medical malpractice, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
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Your Case May Qualify for Damages
If your child suffered a birth injury, make sure they get the medical care they need. Then, if the injury was caused by a negligent doctor or healthcare facility, you can talk to a lawyer about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The purpose of a lawsuit is twofold. First, you will be holding the liable party responsible for their negligence. Second, you will be applying for much-needed compensation.
To seek compensation for the birth injury itself, you can ask for non-economic damages. These include such physical, mental, and emotional factors as:
- Disability: if your child’s motor and cognitive skills were permanently affected by the HIE
- Reduced quality of life: if your child will need help with basic tasks (e.g., preparing meals) for their entire life
- Loss of consortium: if HIE was your child’s cause of death
To seek compensation for the expenses you incurred because of the birth injury, you can ask for economic damages. These include monetary losses caused by:
- Lost wages: if you and/or your partner took time off work specifically because of your child’s disability (i.e., your child needed additional attention)
- Lost employment: if you or your partner had to quit your job to stay home and care for your child
- Medical costs: if your child needed/will continue to need special treatments to deal with the HIE and its symptoms
- Other costs: if you spent or will need to spend money on things like special schools or assistive devices to make your child’s life easier
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Seeking Legal Help with Your Claim
If you want to take legal action against your healthcare provider, you have a limited time to do so. Per 735 ILCS 5/13-212(a), medical malpractice victims generally have two years from the day they discovered the malpractice to file a lawsuit; in no case may a lawsuit be filed more than four years from the date the malpractice occurred.
In other words, while you do not want to rush an important decision like whether or not to file a lawsuit, you will have to act quickly to get the compensation you deserve. One thing you can do right away is contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group and see what we can tell you about your case. An attorney can help you with all of your legal duties, including:
- Gathering evidence: the more supporting evidence (e.g., medical records) your lawyer is able to collect, the stronger your case will be.
- Identifying liable parties: between your testimony and other evidence, we can figure out if you should sue your doctor, your healthcare facility, both, or someone else.
- Communicating with everyone: your lawyer will update you regularly about your case, and they will do all of the talking with the liable party on your behalf.
- Pursuing your money: if we can get you a pretrial settlement, we will. If not, we are not afraid to continue the fight in court.
- Handling paperwork: in addition to filing all required forms, we will draw up the settlement agreement and answer your questions about it before you sign.
- Giving you advice: your lawyer is happy to take all the time necessary to make sure you understand your rights and the legal process.
Reach Out to the Birth Injury Lawyers Group
Let the Birth Injury Lawyers Group ease your legal burden by providing you with an Arlington hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer. We will do all of the hard legal work, giving you more time to spend with your family. Call us at any time at (800) 222-9529 for a free case review.