La Rabida Children’s Hospital is a 49-bed not for profit facility providing medical services and cares for residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The medical center is located at:
East 65th at Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60649
The facility provides inpatient and outpatient care along with medical specialties including:
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
- Brain Injury
- Developmental Disabilities
- Developmental Delays
- Child Abuse and Trauma Care
- Sickle-Cell Disease
- Developmental and Rehabilitative Services
- Diabetes Care
- Spasticity Care
The Illinois state government provides designations to hospitals to facilities that provide specialized care. The one state designation of La Rabida Children’s Hospital include:
- Children’s Specialty Hospital: These facilities provide a level of service that focuses on specific health issues including orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, sickle-cell disease and other chronic diseases. The facility typically provides an array of rehabilitative, surgical and medical services.
Who Receives Care
More than ninety percent of all young patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital receive Medicaid hospital inpatient care, with the remainder receiving services through private insurance. Approximately seventy-four percent of all outpatient care involves Medicaid insurance with the remainder levels of care paid for through private insurance and public financing.
Resolving a Child Injury Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice lawsuits and compensation claims that involve a minor child must be filed by the minor’s parents or guardian before the statute of limitations expires. If the suit is settled out of court, the judge must approve the minor’s personal injury claim. As a part of the settlement, every debt filed as a part of the medical malpractice case for services rendered will be paid from the beneficiary’s funds. Most times, the parents of the child can make a request to be reimbursed for any of the out-of-pocket expenses they’ve incurred from the child’s doctors, caregivers, and others.
The child injury settlement proceeds are typically paid to benefit the child. Often, this involves a structured settlement (an annuity) in lieu of a lump sum. Usually, these lifetime regular payments will ensure the child has money long into their adulthood.
Determining whether the family has a valid medical malpractice case can be complex. However, a personal injury attorney who specializes in medical error cases can assist the family in determining that there is no other probable cause of the child’s injury than through the medical mistake caused by one or more medical care providers, the facility, device manufacturer, pharmaceutical company, or others.
There are significant benefits to hiring an attorney. First, the amount of cost and risk involved in a medical malpractice case can be significant. A law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases can construct a winning claim for compensation. In addition to providing financial support, they also offer legal services to help prove negligence and how the child’s injury was sustained.
The first duty of the child’s personal injury attorney is to prove negligence and how the medical team, facility, pharmaceutical company or other acted carelessly. In many cases, the attorney will show how some failure action by the physician, nurse or others grossly deviated from the standards of care given to others under similar circumstances. As an example, the doctor may have failed to adequately diagnose the problem, did not order necessary tests or did not treat the condition/disease appropriately, leading to harm injury or death. The most common complaints involved in medical malpractice cases will involve:
- Misdiagnosing cancer
- C-section or birth complication
- Anesthesia accident
- Prescription error
The attorney must show how the injuries sustained by the victim meet the criteria of being lingering, serious and demonstrable. There must be obvious signs of injury that can be proven by actual evidence as demonstrated by a legal expert. When the attorney knows they have a provable case, they will file all the appropriate paperwork to file a claim for compensation or a personal injury/wrongful death lawsuit in the appropriate court. In Cook County, the attorney will file a claim for compensation at:
Cook County Circuit Court
50 W. Washington Suite 1001
Chicago, IL 60602
Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy A. Brown
The time it takes to resolve a medical malpractice case can be extensive. Many claims are finalized through an out-of-court settlement in just a few months while others take many years to complete. In some cases, the defendant and plaintiff (doctor and victim) will fail to agree on the level of guilt, leaving the victim and their attorney no other option than to go to trial and try the case in front of a jury.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving La Rabida Children’s Hospital
$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case
The affected patientin this hospital claim was just a little boy. He was approximately a year and a half old. His mother brought him to LaRabida Hospital because his temperature was high. She wanted to know if the fever was an indication of anything more serious. The staff there diagnosed him with an outer ear infection. That diagnosis was not correct. He actually had a middle ear infection with a developing case of meningitis. The following day, his mother brought him to a different hospital because things were not getting any better. While at that facility, his mother later claimed that they also did not adequately treat him or transfer him to another location. The culmination of all these oversights ended in the little boy's death. His mother and half-sister survived him. The whole incident had caused them almost $50,000 in medical bills. They brought suit against the parties involved for these bills, their suffering, and the boy's pain prior to his passing. The second facility that treated him argued there was nothing they could do. LaRabida stated that they diagnosed him correctly at the time. None of these objections precluded settlement. All sides wanted to see the matter resolved and it was so with a $1 million settlement for the family.
$4,893,860 Jury Award; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit
The victim in this situationwas just a twenty-two-year-old man. He had to go to the emergency room because he was experiencing an asthma attack. The attack was quite severe and required critical care. After he got there, staff at the facility put him in the intensive unit. He also needed to be placed on a ventilator. Plaintiffs late claimed that medical records showed he was allergic to milk. Nevertheless, staff gave him a dietary supplement that had milk proteins via his feeding tube. Consequently, he had an allergic reaction and went into cardiac arrest. He died roughly one hour this event occurred. It happened despite the best efforts of hospital staff to revive him. Controversy arose over how he actually died though and that required an actual trial. The defendants argued that the milk allergy had no cause in his death; rather, they claimed his smoking, other allergies, and pneumothorax were what led to his passing and they were not responsible for those issues. Plaintiffs complained that they gave him milk supplements knowing he was allergic to them and then failed to respond quickly enough once the man went into a code blue situation. The jury eventually decided that the defendants were negligent and responsible for the man's passing. They awarded the plaintiffs almost $5 million for lost society ($3,883,028), suffering ($1,000,000), and expenses ($10,832).
Chicago, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your child has suffered harm or died prematurely while a patient at La Rabida Children’s Hospital their injuries might have been caused by a medical mistake. The Cook County medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can handle every aspect of your claim for compensation against the facility, doctors, nurses or other medical providers and device manufacturers.
Our aggressive advocates can ensure you receive the highest level of compensation from every individual and entity legally responsible for the negligence that led to your family’s losses. We handle every medical malpractice case and wrongful death lawsuit through contingency fee arrangements. Our legal services are provided to you with no upfront costs. We urge you to contact our Illinois negligent case law firm at (888) 424-5757 today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your case.