Help For Birth Injury Victims
When a baby is born with an injury or illness, parents are understandably devastated. When that injury was the result of medical error and negligence, parents want answers:
- How did this happen?
- Who was at fault?
- Could we have done something differently?
- How will I take care of a disabled child?
The future is so uncertain, and the options seem very limited.
At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we know what a difficult time this is for parents. Our lawyers will help you understand your options and will seek compensation from the negligent parties, whether that is the doctor, the hospital, the nurses or anyone else whose negligence may have contributed to your child’s injury.
Legal information about birth injury cases
Medical malpractice cases, in general, and birth injury cases, in particular, require a high standard of proof. One must show that the provider or organization deviated from the established standard of care and that the deviation caused the injury or illness to your baby. In most cases, parents must bring legal action within three years of finding out about the injury. Although you may think this is a very long time, some birth injuries don’t show themselves until months or years have passed. In a few instances, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed up to eight years afterward.
Giving Parents The Confidence They Need To Face The Future
The attorneys at Elk & Elk know that money will not always make everything better. It is possible that your child will be disabled for life. However, obtaining full and fair compensation can mean the difference between agonizing about the future and being able to face it with the knowledge that you have the resources to take care of your child. This can make a huge difference.
Examples Of Our Birth Injury Cases
Our law firm handles all types of birth injury cases, seeking maximum compensation for families. Common cases involve:
- Cerebral palsy
- Fetal acidosis
- Shoulder dystocia
- Facial paralysis
- Forceps bruising and other injuries
What causes injuries such as these? Errors include failure to take into account the large size of a baby, failure to respond quickly to bleeding, failure to recognize or respond to umbilical cord problems, failure to respond to fetal distress, failure to monitor, failure to perform a cesarean section soon enough, misuse of forceps or vacuum extractors, and inappropriate use of the labor-inducing drug Pitocin.
Call Us For Answers After Your Baby’s Birth Injury
We can consult with our extensive network of medical experts and others to determine how the actions of medical providers caused your baby’s birth injury. We will work with financial experts and life planners to calculate the cost of the baby’s care and treatment. We will use all this information to build a strong case in pursuit of full compensation for you and your child.