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Birth Injury Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

Few events in life are more traumatic to a family than a birth injury. As a parent of an injured child, you have many questions about what might have gone wrong during labor or delivery.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

  • $3.15 Mmillion – Product Liability
  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    March 05 2009

    LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

  • $3.75 Million – Wrongful death
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If your child was born with Cerebral Palsy, has suffered a Brachial Plexus injury (such as Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy) or has shoulder dystocia, a doctor’s error or hospital mistake may have occurred.

This kind of mistake is known as medical malpractice. As the unfortunate victim of medical malpractice, your child will be facing a lifetime of special medical care and hospital bills. How can you best care for your child and pay those bills?

At a time like this, it’s reassuring to know you have the lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., on your side.

Our Chicago injury lawyers have a record of 200 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. Many of those recoveries arose from birth injury claims.

Allow us to help you and your family. Call us today at 877-975-7991 to discuss your birth injury situation and potential legal rights.

Common Reasons For Birth Injuries

About three of every 100 births involve some type of serious birth injury. In some situations, “natural” circumstances can cause oxygen deprivation during the labor and delivery process. For instance, the umbilical cord may become compressed or twisted, or the baby may be too large to easily pass through the birth canal.

In many instances, birth injuries, especially to the brain, are caused by mistakes made by doctors, hospitals or other medical professionals during the delivery process. Those mistakes may include:

  • Delay in ordering a Caesarean section;
  • Failure to respond to bleeding;
  • Failure to respond to umbilical cord entanglement ;
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress;
  • Misuse of vacuum extractors or forceps;
  • Poor care of newborn immediately following birth;
  • Miscommunication between doctors and nurses;
  • Complications related to genetic testing.

If any of those events occurred during your labor or your child’s delivery, medical malpractice may have played a part in your child’s birth injury.

A medical mistake can result in a range of birth injuries.

  • Brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding inside the brain from pregnancy trauma are the most serious birth injuries.
  • Other serious injuries are Cerebral Palsy; Brachial Plexus injuries such as Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy; and shoulder dystocia.
  • Birth injuries may also include temporary paralysis, a fractured collar bone or a fractured arm.

Consult An Experienced Birth Injury Law Firm

If you suspect that your child’s birth injuries were caused by medical negligence, consult an experienced Chicago birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. It’s important to act promptly so we can obtain and review all relevant medical records. Once we review your case, we can give you our honest assessment of whether your claim has merit.

Compassion. Experience. Results. Reputation. These are distinguishing characteristics of the birth injury attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Our firm has convenient office locations in downtown Chicago and Waukegan, Ill. We also have a network of lawyers across the nation to assist you with your case. Contact us today at 877-975-7991.

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