You're Important And that is just how we will treat you
Larry Disparti

Oak Lawn Birth Injury Lawyer

In the United States, birth injuries occur during approximately seven out of every 1,000 live births, according to Medscape. Almost two percent of neonatal deaths and stillbirths can be attributed to significant birth injuries.

Although rare, birth injuries can be severe and impact the rest of an infant’s life. Many birth injuries are avoidable and could serve as grounds for a lawsuit that a dedicated personal injury attorney could help file. If your child suffers a preventable birth injury, assistance from an Oak Lawn birth injury lawyer might be able to increase your chances of a fair compensation settlement.

Birth Trauma Risk Factors

Certain risk factors can predispose a newborn to birth injuries, some of which can be prevented while others cannot. These risk factors include:

  • Newborns who are large for their gestational age, especially those who weigh more than 4500 grams
  • Instrumental deliveries, especially mid-cavity forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Vaginal breech delivery
  • Abnormal or excessive traction during delivery
  • Prolonged or rapid labor
  • Maternal pelvic abnormalities or small maternal structure
  • Attempting to manipulate the position of the fetus, also known as an external version

If proper prenatal and labor care is given, some of these risk factors can be avoided or mitigated by the obstetrician to decrease the chances of a birth injury. In some cases, this simply means performing a cesarean section instead of allowing a mom to labor and attempt a vaginal delivery.

Regardless, there are standards of care surrounding all these risk factors. If a physician fails to follow the standard of care and a birth injury occurs, they can be held liable for the damages. In cases like these, an Oak Lawn birth injury lawyer may be able to help establish the merit of a birth injury claim and demand a fair settlement.

Birth Injury Statute of Limitations

As per 735 ILCS 5/13-212, victims of birth injuries in Oak Lawn—or their parents representing their best interests—have eight years to file a birth injury claim in civil court. This filing deadline is commonly referred to as the statute of limitations.

While most personal injury cases in Illinois are only given a two-year statute of limitations, birth injury cases are allotted more time, as in some cases the extent of the injury is not known for several years. However, waiting longer than eight years to file a birth injury claim would likely result in the case being thrown out by the court. An Oak Lawn birth injury lawyer could work to ensure that a claim is filed appropriately and on time.

Contacting an Oak Lawn Birth Injury Attorney

Having a child with a birth injury may place enormous stress and burdens on every member of the family. Oftentimes, the stress can involve nearly every aspect of life: emotional, financial, physical, social, and spiritual.

Experienced and compassionate attorneys know how difficult it can be to have a child with a birth injury and could take the time to understand all that you, your child, and your entire family are experiencing as a result of your child’s birth injury.

Although this is something you and your child may deal with for the rest of your lives, hiring an Oak Lawn birth injury lawyer to seek compensation on your behalf may still provide some degree of emotional and financial relief. Call today to get your birth injury claim started.

Free Case Consultation

Practice Areas
Our Office & Locations
Tampa, FL loc-icon loc-icon 8910 N Dale Mabry Highway,
Suite 37 Get Directions
phone-icon phone-icon (813) 932-2942
Clearwater, FL loc-icon loc-icon 13575 58th St. N.
# 200
Clearwater, FL 33760 Get Directions
phone-icon phone-icon (813) 932-2942
Holiday, FL loc-icon loc-icon 1041 U.S. Highway 19,
Holiday, FL 34691 Get Directions
phone-icon phone-icon (727) 934-7862
Chicago, IL loc-icon loc-icon 121 W Wacker Dr. ,
# 2300
Chicago, IL 60601 Get Directions
phone-icon phone-icon (312) 600-6000
Chicago, IL loc-icon loc-icon 1700 East 87th Street,
Chicago, IL 60617 Get Directions
phone-icon phone-icon (312) 600-6000
Trinity, FL loc-icon loc-icon 13244 State rd 54
Trinity, FL 34655 Get Directions
phone-icon phone-icon 727-999-9000