Trusted Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth Injury

Trusted Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers

Fighting for Families in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Throughout the Midwest

The attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices have been handling birth injury cases in Illinois, Wisconsin, and throughout the Midwest for more than 45 years. Our hands-on experience, attention to detail, and determination to uncover medical mistakes that occur during the prenatal or labor and delivery processes have enabled us to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in birth injury lawsuit settlements on behalf of families who have suffered needlessly at the hands of healthcare professionals.

Contact experienced birth injury lawyers in Chicago at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices to discover how we can help your family achieve results that last a lifetime. Call 312-236-4146. Case evaluations are always free.

Why Choose the Attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin for Your Birth Injury Case?

Members of the AAJ birth trauma litigation group, the attorneys at our injury law firm have delivered numerous lectures on, written about, and even helped change the laws regarding recovering compensation for birth injuries caused by medical negligence over the years. Our extensive knowledge of the prenatal, labor, and delivery processes gives our attorneys a unique advantage over many other birth injury malpractice lawyers.

Most injury attorneys don’t have the knowledge and experience to accurately determine what is a traumatic birth injury and whether a birth injury medical malpractice case has any merit. In one recent case, for instance, a woman who had delivered birth to a stillborn baby called attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg, founder of Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices, after consulting with another birth injury lawyer with a different injury law firm. Since the doctors had said that everything had looked fine during labor, the other lawyer was unable to identify why the woman’s baby had died. When Jeff reviewed the medical records, however, he was able to identify the medical mistake immediately. The fetal monitoring strips, which indicated no signs of fetal distress, revealed that the medical team had been monitoring the mother’s heart rate during labor and delivery instead of the fetal heart rate. The attorney at the other injury law firm who had reviewed the records didn’t know how to determine whether the fetal heart monitoring strips were tracing the baby or the mother.

Knowledge and Experience Matters

Most injury attorneys don’t have the knowledge and experience to accurately determine what is a traumatic birth injury and whether a birth injury medical malpractice case has any merit. In one recent case, for instance, a woman who had delivered birth to a stillborn baby called attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg, founder of Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices, after consulting with another birth injury lawyer with a different injury law firm. Since the doctors had said that everything had looked fine during labor, the other lawyer was unable to identify why the woman’s baby had died.

When Jeff reviewed the medical records, however, he was able to identify the medical mistake immediately. The fetal monitoring strips, which indicated no signs of fetal distress, revealed that the medical team had been monitoring the mother’s heart rate during labor and delivery instead of the fetal heart rate. The attorney at the other injury law firm who had reviewed the records didn’t know how to determine whether the fetal heart monitoring strips were tracing the baby or the mother.

Top-Notch Legal Representation

When you retain our team to handle your birth injury lawsuit, you can rest assured you’ll receive top-notch legal representation throughout the duration of your case. We will investigate your case to the fullest extent, enlist the help of some of the top medical experts in the nation if necessary, help you explore your legal options, and assist you in determining how to proceed with birth injury claims. While our team will make every attempt to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, we are prepared to take your case to court if the negligent party refuses to cooperate.

What Is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury to a newborn occurs when a baby is injured prior to, during, or immediately following delivery. Often caused by carelessness or negligence by a doctor, nurse, midwife, hospital, or another medical care professional, birth injuries can be life-altering or fatal for the infant and the mother.

The Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect

The terms “birth defect” and “birth injury” are often used interchangeably, but there is a significant difference between the two. A birth defect is any form of developmental abnormality or congenital defect that forms during a mother’s pregnancy before the baby is born. Birth defects can be caused by inherited or genetic conditions. Unlike birth defects, birth injuries occur during the prenatal, labor, and delivery stage and cause a mental or physical condition for an otherwise healthy newborn.

How Common Are Birth Injuries?

Birth injury statistics reveal that approximately six out of every 1,000 babies born in the US suffer a birth injury. According to a recent birth injury guide, cerebral palsy is one of the most common, and often most severe, types of birth injury. Birth injuries are 33% more prevalent in rural areas than in urban areas. Approximately 50% of all birth injuries could be prevented with identification and planning for obstetrical risk factors.

Main Birth Injury Causes

Many birth injuries are caused by medical negligence. The most common causes of birth injuries include:

Common Types of Birth Injuries

Various types of birth injuries are caused by medical negligence. A few of the more common birth injury types the attorneys at our injury law firm have seen include:

Identifying Birth Injuries

Physical Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms

Excessive sleepiness and extended bouts of loud crying can indicate birth injuries as well.

There are a series of tests commonly performed that can help diagnose the type of injury and which body parts may be affected.

Consequences of Birth Injuries

The Financial Impact of Birth Injuries

The severity of some birth injuries, like brachial plexus injury, can vary widely. When an injury is severe, costs may range from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars during the lifespan of a child with birth injuries. Most government assistance programs and grants are not enough to provide for the long-term expenses for the desired care associated with birth injuries.

If caused by medical negligence or malpractice, however, families can file a claim or lawsuit with a birth injury law firm to recover compensation for:

Economic Damages (past and future)

Non-Economic Damages

Statute of Limitations for Birth Injury Cases

There are statutes of limitations that require filing these lawsuits within prescribed time limits. You should contact an experienced birth injury attorney at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices to determine the time period that applies to your case.

Resources for Birth Injury Victims