Illinois Infant Injury Attorney
Generally, about one in ten Illinois hospital deliveries involve some complications. About one in ten of these complicated deliveries involve serious injuries to the mother, the baby, or both. Some of these injuries, like cranial compression injuries, are readily apparent. Most others, like developmental delays, remain hidden for months, years, or even decades. No matter how long the injury takes to surface, even if the ordinary statute of limitations has passed, these victims, and their families, usually still have legal options.
These birth injuries do not simply occur randomly. Negligence before, during, or after the delivery usually causes them. During prenatal visits or a pre-delivery file review, doctors must look for red flags which could signal birth complications. During delivery, doctors must properly account for these warning signs and properly react to emergencies. After delivery, the baby’s health and safety, and nothing else, must dictate medical decisions.
The diligent Illinois infant injury attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman always have your best interests at heart, before, during, and after your case goes to court. We start by collecting proof that supports your claim for damages and refutes possible insurance company defenses. Then, we stand up for your legal and financial rights, both in court and during pretrial negotiation sessions. After we resolve the case, we continue watching out for your family, so you can live the most normal life possible following a tragic birth injury.
Matters We Handle
Basically, negligence is a lack of care. The standard of care is usually very clear in birth injury matters. If the doctor’s services fell short of the standard of care, for whatever reason, the doctor is usually legally responsible for damages. Some before, during, and after negligence issues include:
- Fetal Ultrasound Errors: During prenatal visits, doctors count on accurate information from these diagnostic gadgets to develop a care plan. Ultrasound errors, like a failure to run tests or a failure to properly interpret test results, are all too common.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Normal deliveries are extremely stressful for tiny babies. Complicated deliveries are almost infinitely more stressful. Newborns are so fragile that a tiny bit of force, like moving the baby’s head to the side, could cause a serious injury.
- NICU Referal Issues: Health and safety issues, and only these issues, should dictate when a baby goes to a neonatal intensive care unit, and when a baby is discharged. However, financial, emotional, and other issues often creep into the decision. A physician’s duty of care does not allow any such concerns to be part of a decision.
If negligence causes injury, compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are often available in these cases as well.
Our Core Values
Hard work, open communication, and zealous advocacy are the principles that our Chicago infant injury attorneys live by.
Since the victim/plaintiff has the burden of proof in a negligence case, we build claims based on solid evidence and sound legal principles. We never take shortcuts as we build your case and never look for the easy way out during the resolution process.
Open communication is almost as important as hard work. If you have a question about your claim or want a status update, you speak to your attorney, and not a less-experienced associate or a non-attorney paralegal. Furthermore, we are proactive in this area. We don’t simply wait for you to call us.
To us, zealous advocacy means putting your interests above everything else. That includes your immediate and long-term needs.
Rely on an Experienced Chicago Cook County Attorney
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced infant injury attorney in Illinois, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman by going online or calling 410-567-0800. You have a limited amount of time to act.