Physicians and medical professionals are responsible for caring for all patients. When a patient is not cared for, the result can be a life-altering injury. At Zayed Law Offices we are focused on providing quality legal representation for those who are victims of injuries and illnesses from a doctor’s negligent behavior. We represent individuals and families in medical malpractice and birth injury cases throughout the Chicago area. Our lawyer, Adam Zayed, was trained at one of the top law schools in the nation and has a lengthy and proven track record in handling birth injury cases.
Cerebral Palsy/Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is a specific condition that can occur to a newborn as the result of a birth injury such as shoulder dystocia or brachial plexus. Brachial plexus and shoulder dystocia are injuries that involve a specific nerve group that stems from the spinal cord. Specifically, Erb’s palsy affects a baby’s ability to rotate, move and flex the arm. Depending on the severity of the injury, the results could last a lifetime. Have questions? Read our Protecting Your Rights page for more information.
If your child has been injured because of excessive pressure on the shoulder or neck, we will seek benefits and compensation on your behalf. Our highly experienced cerebral palsy lawyer is ready to represent your interests if you have been involved in a situation that resulted in a birth injury because of:
- Failure to recognize that a C-section should have been performed
- Failure to monitor the fetus
- Brachial plexus
- Shoulder dystocia
At Zayed Law Offices, we recognize that securing compensation is only one part of what our clients are seeking help for. We offer emotional support, guidance and advocacy for our clients at all times. In knowing that you will be faced with many different challenges, you can trust that we will do whatever is necessary to protect your interests. For your birth injury or medical malpractice case, you can trust our firm.
Medical malpractice is a term used to describe conduct that deviates from the applicable standard of care. A standard of care is a generally a minimum level of care that should be exercised by a health care provider. A standard of care requires healthcare providers to exercise the same degree of knowledge or care that a reasonably careful healthcare provider would use. Violations of a standard of care occur when a healthcare provider does something that a reasonably careful provider would not do or when a provider fails to do something that a reasonably careful provider would not do.
Once the doctor-patient relationship has been established, the healthcare provider must adhere to the applicable standard of care. A patient bringing a medical malpractice claim must show that the healthcare provider breached the applicable standard of care, that the breach caused injury, and that the breach caused the patient’s injuries.
Prosecuting a claim for medical malpractice can be time consuming, complicated, and costly. Contacting an attorney who has a proven track record of excellence is an essential part of bringing a successful medical malpractice claim.
Very often doctors undertake risky procedures without any guarantee of success, and a bad result alone is not evidence of medical malpractice. One of the most solid grounds for suspicion of medical malpractice is when the results of a procedure are widely unexpected. It is important to look into any suspicions of medical malpractice, and this is best done by contacting an experienced medical malpractice law firm. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will review the records of healthcare professionals and may order additional tests and exams.
In the event of medical malpractice, health care providers can be held responsible as well as the institutions they are affiliated with. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will be able to identify ALL parties who are responsible.
Two years is the general time limit for filing suit for injury or death in Illinois. However, there are many nuances that apply to medical malpractice statutes of limitation. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits is from one to seven years depending on the facts of the case. It is best to contact a personal injury attorney in order to consult with an attorney who will guide your case through the gauntlet of applicable statutes of limitations.
One of the most important things to do in the event of a suspected medical malpractice is to avoid outright accusations toward your healthcare provider. Make sure that you request your medical records and then consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney to review the records and provide guidance on your potential cause of action.
Signing a consent form means you have acknowledged that there are known risks associated with your medical treatment. A signed consent form does not mean that you have consented to medical treatment below the applicable standard of care owed by all healthcare providers to their patients.
Amounts recovered from medical malpractice lawsuits are generally not taxable.
All patients have a legal right to obtain a copy of their medical records. These requests should be made in writing and must include details like the patient’s social security number, address, date of birth, etc. Requesting medical records can be very timely and may require payment of fees to the records department providing the records.