Being pregnant and giving birth should be one of the happiest times in a woman's life. But sometimes the birth experience results in a permanent injury to their newborn due to the failure of hospital staff or doctors to meet the expected standard of care.
If you have given birth to a child who has permanent injury as a result of the interventions or actions of doctors or staff, it is important to inform yourself about your legal rights and your options moving forward in regard to possible compensation for you and your child.
Medical malpractice in childbirth cases
Chicago has seen a range of medical malpractice cases dealing with childbirth and complications that resulted in permanent injury. One example involves a family in Sauk Village whose daughter suffered brain damage during delivery and now has cerebral palsy. In that case, the family sued the hospital in Chicago Heights, and a judge approved a $15 million settlement.
While all cases are not as dramatic as this one, each deserves an investigation to determine whether the hospital or clinic failed in its duty to meet the expected standard of care and whether that failure resulted in a permanent injury to your child.
Typical injuries in medical malpractice cases
While medical malpractice cases span a range of injuries, some of the most common involve brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. In childbirth, there are so many doctors and nurses involved in the process from beginning to end that there are various points at which mistakes can occur. What's more, these cases can be particularly complicated to investigate and take to court for that very reason.
If you or your baby suffered an injury during the childbirth process, it is critical that you speak with a qualified lawyer who handles birth injury cases. A lawyer can help you understand how Illinois law applies to your particular situation and circumstances, as well as help you find options for recourse to compensate your pain and suffering.
Medical bills can pile up, and insurance companies can be difficult to deal with. Having a legal professional guide your strategy for finding a solution can be one of the best investments you can make.