The loss of a family member from a childbirth brain injury is a particularly painful tragedy. Far too many families in our area have been forced to deal with these very incidents over the years. The Illinois birth injury lawyers at our firm have worked closely with many of those families, and we understand the scope of the problem. There are few good things that come out of these losses, but some families are able to take the tragedy and make something worthwhile out of it.
For example, Lower Hudson News recently shared the story of one family who worked to make the best of the situation after losing their young child to a birth injury. Eleven years ago the family was thrust into an unexpected situation when their young child was born with a severe brain injury. The problem was caused by oxygen deprivation during his birth which caused permanent brain damage. The injury presented a wide range of problems for their new addition, and he was battling for survival from the beginning. Unfortunately, their son’s struggle eventually ended when he passed away when he was eight months old. Obviously it was a dramatic loss for all those who loved the young child.
However, this family decided to turn the tragedy into a situation that helps others. The young child’s parents eventually created a foundation to honor their son’s memory. Over the years the foundation has grown and has provided more than $500,000 to various charities in the region that help young children who have suffered injury during birth. As this family knows well, children who face these injuries often require tens of thousands (often hundreds of thousands) of dollars in care. When the care is required throughout their entire lives the total costs could actually reach into the millions. To help those in need, this family is using money raised by its foundation to provide support to these families including a therapeutic gym for infants, and special equipment to help those with communication and mobility problems. On top of providing funds for those in need, the foundation also seeks to educate families about the risks present in childbirth. For example, they seek to provide information to mothers about the risks of vaginal birth following a cesarean section.
The group explains that it has been supported consistently over the years by a core group of supporters and volunteers. Our Illinois birth injury lawyers applaud the efforts of this family and the many others like them who work in a variety of ways to help support those who have been affected by debilitating birth injuries. There are many financial and emotional costs to these injuries and many families struggle to keep their heads above water. When these injuries are caused by the negligence of another, often mistakes made by medical professionals, then it is logical for the wrongdoer to be held accountable for the consequences of their errors. If your family has been hurt in this way, please contact our legal professionals at Levin & Perconti and see how we can help.
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