As a southern suburb village of Chicago, the village of Oak Lawn Illinois resides in Cook County. With a landmass of just 8.59 square miles, Oak Lawn has a population of more than 55,000 residents. The village was officially incorporated in 1909.
Local area commuters have access in and out of Oak Lawn using the Metra commuter train station, and motorists can use Interstate 57 and 94 to reach downtown Chicago Metropolitan area. The village is situated nearly halfway between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.
Oak Lawn is recognized for its community hospital that provides medical services to Chicago area residents and visitors. Level I trauma center emergency services are offered to the community at Advocate Christ Medical Center. The Hope Children’s Hospital provides world-class medical care to youth of Chicagoland.
A Claim for Compensation
Many children in Chicagoland are born with a permanent disability that was acquired during childbirth. Often times, the injury is caused by diminished oxygen, blunt trauma or reduced glucose levels during the birthing process. In some cases, the child will endure multiple injuries during labor and delivery including asphyxia or other condition that destroys brain cells. Nearly every type of injury during childbirth causes significant damage, which could stunt growth and/or create long-lasting medical conditions.
Childbirth injuries are at times caused by the neglect of the medical staff during the birthing process. Newborns can receive head trauma when vacuums and forceps are used improperly. Without appropriate monitoring, the fetus can suffer infection, which causes inflammation of brain tissue or a fetal stroke that disrupts the newborn’s blood supply.
A skilled attorney might be able to show that the medical provider failed to recognize their umbilical cord is strangulating the child and prolong the decision to perform a cesarean section when necessary. In many incidences, attorneys are able to show that the obstetrician failed to recognize or treat jaundice or meningitis before it was too late.
Because these conditions are often caused from medical mistakes by obstetricians and other health care providers, the newborn’s family has the legal right to file a claim for compensation under medical malpractice tort law.
Hiring Oak Lawn Personal Injury Attorneys
Medical malpractice cases involving childbirth injuries are complex and often require the skills of an experienced lawyer who comprehends Illinois tort law. The attorney must be knowledgeable in both the legal industry and medical fields to ensure that the victims receive adequate compensation to pay for current and future expenses, which could include:
- Hospitalization bills and medical costs
- Recompense for future caregiving, surgeries and therapies
- Funds for intangible costs including pain, suffering and the loss of quality of life
- Money to pay for necessary medical devices and equipment including wheelchairs
Because of the ongoing medical and caregiving expenses in handling an individual with a medical condition acquired during childbirth, families will often hire Oak Lawn personal injury attorneys to file a claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties.
Chicago Injury Center
The information available at the Chicago Injury Center website can assist families filing a claim against doctors, nurses and nurse’s aides along with other healthcare providers and facilities. The website provides instant contact with Oak Lawn personal injury attorneys who specialize in childbirth injury medical malpractice cases. Our lawyers can build a strong case for recompense to show how the negligence of the medical staff caused the child’s injuries.
Call our medical malpractice law firm at to schedule your initial free consultation to discuss your case. We accept medical malpractice cases on contingency to save you the cost of paying any fees up front.