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How To Choose Birth Injury Attorneys in Chicago

July 28, 2023

If your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury, knowing how to choose birth injury attorneys can be essential to the future and wellbeing of your child and family. Managing the costs of your child’s condition could prove to be an extremely challenging – and lifelong – task. Your child may also experience physical and psychological effects that impact all aspects of his or her life. 

As a result, in this situation, it is important that you speak with an attorney about filing a birth injury lawsuit. Your family may be entitled to compensation for the financial and non-financial costs of your child’s injury, and talking to a birth injury attorney is the first step on the road to recovery. 

But, how do you choose birth injury attorneys in Chicago? 

When your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury, you need to know that you are relying on sound legal advice. Additionally, if your family has a birth injury lawsuit, you only get one chance to assert your family’s legal rights. If you hire a lawyer who isn’t capable of representing your family effectively, or if your lawyer doesn’t accurately calculate the value of your family’s claim, there is a very real risk that you will end up without the financial compensation you and your family deserve. 

5 Key Considerations for Choosing Birth Injury Attorneys in Chicago

While it is important to hire a team of attorneys promptly when coping with a birth injury, it is even more important to make an informed decision about who you choose for your family’s legal representation. With this in mind, here are five key considerations for choosing birth injury attorneys in Chicago: 

1. A Focus on Birth Injury Cases

You will want to choose a law firm that has a focus on birth injury cases. It doesn’t have to be the firm’s sole focus, but the firm’s attorneys should have significant experience representing families in circumstances similar to yours. When pursuing a complex birth injury case, experience matters; and, generally speaking, the more experience your firm has, the better. 

2. Results in Birth Injury Cases

One way you can assess a law firm’s experience in birth injury cases is by reviewing the firm’s sample case results. While past results do not guarantee future outcomes, knowing that your attorneys have helped other families recover millions of dollars in compensation can help you feel confident in your decision. At Coplan + Crane, our sample case results include:

  • $13 million recovered in a birth injury case involving shoulder dystocia 
  • $12 million recovered in a birth injury case involving brain damage, paralysis, and cerebral palsy
  • $1.5 million recovered in a birth injury case involving Hirschsprung’s disease
  • $1.3 million recovered in a birth injury case involving a brachial plexus injury 

3. Testimonials from Satisfied Clients

Testimonials from satisfied clients can help you make an informed decision as well. Here, too, while every client’s experience is different, if a firm has received numerous favorable testimonials and five-star reviews, this is generally going to be indicative of the type of service you can expect to receive as a client. 

4. A Team of Experienced Birth Injury Attorneys 

Successfully pursuing a complex birth injury case requires a team of attorneys who have the knowledge and experience required to provide effective legal representation. When choosing a law firm for a birth injury case, you should choose a firm with several attorneys who have experience handling cases against hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers. 

5. Clear Communication and a Commitment to Your Family’s Recovery

Finally, when choosing birth injury attorneys in Chicago, you should choose attorneys who are able to communicate clearly and who demonstrate a commitment to your family’s recovery. The best way to make this assessment is to schedule a free initial consultation. During this meeting, you should be able to get all of your questions answered, and you should leave the meeting feeling confident in the firm’s ability to fight for your family. 

A Note on FREE Initial Consultations and Contingency Fees

We’ll close with a note on free initial consultations and contingency fees. Nearly all law firms that handle birth injury cases provide both of these to their clients. So, if a firm is heavily promoting its free initial consultations and contingency-fee representation, this could be a sign that it doesn’t have much else to offer. In any case, once you choose a law firm, you should schedule a FREE initial consultation, and you should not hesitate to contact another firm if you aren’t satisfied with your first impression. 

Contact the Birth Injury Attorneys at Coplan + Crane in Chicago 

Our attorneys have been representing families in birth injury lawsuits in Chicago for more than 15 years. If you need to know your family’s legal rights, we invite you to call (708) 358-8080 or contact us for a FREE case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas.