Parents, particularly those who have concerns that they might have a child with a profound disability, often seek genetic counseling before they conceive a child or in the very early stages of a pregnancy. The purpose of the genetic testing is to determine the likelihood that the baby will be born with certain disabilities. If the genetic testing comes back with a strong likelihood of a significant disability then the couple may choose not to conceive or to terminate the pregnancy.
What happens if healthcare professionals make a mistake and misinterpret the test results? The emotional and financial costs of a wrongful birth are profound. Parents of children with disabilities love their children, but that does not erase the life-changing responsibilities of having a son or daughter who needs specialized, round-the-clock care, throughout his or her life.
If the professionals responsible for interpreting the genetic testing were negligent and the parents allege that they would have avoided conception or terminated the pregnancy had the genetic testing been properly interpreted then a wrongful birth may have occurred.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a health care provider’s medical negligence, call Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., today at 312-372-1227 in our Illinois and Wisconsin offices or contact us online.
In 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that parents who prove the elements of a wrongful birth are entitled to damages. Damages can include the costs of care for the child, not only while the child is a minor, but also while the child is an adult who remains under his or her parent’s guardianship. Damages can also be awarded for lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
No matter how much you love your child, the cost of raising a child with significant disabilities is staggering and can easily range into the millions of dollars. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., has experienced lawyers and medical professionals on staff to provide you with comprehensive representation and we are committed to fighting for your recovery.
Please contact us today for a free consultation. Call us at 312-372-1227 or fill out our online contact form. We maintain offices in Chicago and Waukegan, IL and we represent clients nationwide. Let us help you!