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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.

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  • $3.75 Million – Wrongful death
  • $4.5 Million – Personal Injury
  • 1.2 Million Verdict; Largest reported in Pope County - (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014 Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of...

    1.2 Million Verdict; Largest reported in Pope County

    (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014

    Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., of Chicago, IL and Mark D. Prince of the Prince Law Firm of Marion obtained a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of the family of 13-year-old Brett McDaniel, who was hit and killed by an ambulance while riding his bicycle. The verdict of $2 million was reduced by a 40% contributory negligence. The trial began on June 17, 2014 at the Pope County Courthouse in Golconda, IL and the verdict was approved by the Honorable Judge Joseph M. Leberman on June 27. The verdict is believed to be a Pope County record for an injury or death case.

    On October 8, 2007, Brett McDaniel was riding his bicycle with a friend on Rosalie Street in Golconda, a block from his home , when he was hit and ran over by a Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance traveling south on Adams Street in Golconda, IL. The plaintiff alleged the ambulance was going over the speed limit and failed to exercise care to avoid colliding with a person riding a bicycle.

    The ambulance was returning to Kentucky after transporting a patient to Hardin County Hospital when the accident occurred. It did not have its lights or sirens on and was speeding. Brett was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries from the collision.

    “The jury’s verdict demonstrates the substantial loss that Brett’s mother, father, and two brothers went through,” said Patrick Salvi II. “No amount of money will bring Brett back. But the verdict demonstrates just how substantial the family’s loss was, and it sets the record straight on what happened that day. When children are around, drivers need to slow down and be careful.”

    [CALVIN MCDANIEL, as Administrator of the Estate of BRETT MCDANIEL, Deceased, Plaintiff, v. MERCY REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SYSTEM, L.L.C., a Kentucky Limited Liability Company; and JAMES RATTA, Individually, Defendants. Case No. 08 L3]
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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.