Illinois Intracranial Hemorrhage Attorney
ICH, or bleeding in the brain, is a very serious and life-threatening injury. That’s especially true for delicate newborns with underdeveloped bodies. Doctors often use fancy medical terms, like epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and intracerebral hemorrhage to describe these injuries. Childhood ICH is often associated with child abuse and shaken baby syndrome. However, negligence during the birth process could cause this injury as well.
Where infant head injuries are concerned, medical negligence is usually a failure to plan for the expected or a failure to respond to the unexpected. Macrosomic (dangerously large) fetuses often mean difficult deliveries. Yet doctors often ignore this clear warning sign. When the bog day comes, the duty of care, as outlined below, requires doctors to be prepared for unexpected delivery complications. However, if these complications arise, many doctors immediately turn to high-risk interventions that are often ineffective.
The dedicated Illinois intracranial hemorrhage 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.
Duty of Care
We mentioned the medical duty of care above. Since doctors have a wealth of education and training, they have significant legal responsibilities. These responsibilities are much greater than those of other people. And these duties are already high.
In many ways, the medical duty of care is not much different from a driver’s duty of care. Like doctors, motorists have a duty to prepare and respond. They must be at their best, mentally, physically, and otherwise, before they climb behind the wheel. Additionally, motorists have a responsibility to avoid unanticipated accidents if they can.
The biggest difference between these two levels of legal responsibility is the margin for error. Accidents sometimes happen when people are behind the wheel. Some drivers are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But there is usually no such thing as a medical accident. Doctors have almost total control of the labor and delivery environment. So, they cannot be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, pretty much every medical mistake is medical negligence.
If medical negligence causes injury, an Chicago intracranial hemorrhage attorney can obtain compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are usually available in these cases as well.
Evidence in Medical Negligence Claims
Proof is critical in a medical negligence claim. The evidence must be strong enough to build a case that can withstand insurance company defenses. Usually, the proof in a birth injury claim establishes the standard of care, a breach of care, and the damages that breach caused.
An independent expert usually testifies as to the standard of care in a particular case. Basically, the standard of care is the amount of attention and care a doctor should administer in a particular situation.
Other evidence, usually a combination of medical bills, chart records, and eyewitness testimony, establishes the level of care the mother and baby received. Skilled attorneys know how to push the right buttons and use the right combination of proof. These same sources of evidence usually establish the amount of damages the family sustained as a result of the physician’s negligence.
Rely on an Experienced Chicago Cook County Attorney
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced intracranial hemorrhage 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.