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The Clark Family - The Supreme Court Ruling

Chicago Wrongful Birth Attorneys

Illinois State Law said that we were not able to sue for pain and suffering, and we were not able to sue for medical expenses beyond the age of 18. My children were going to have these needs for the rest of their lives. They will never grow out of it, they'll never be able to be independent. They'll never be able to earn their own income on their own, or live independently, or function by themselves.

The law was something that was a relic from the 1970s, and needed to be changed.

Chris and Mark talked with me about the possibility of changing the law in the State of Illinois.

Changing the law requires getting the courts to agree, and not just the trial level court, but also the appellate level court, and then the Supreme Court. The odds of getting that done in any given case are very small because they only accept 100 cases out of thousands and thousands of cases that are filed each year.

But Amy hang in there, and went the distance with us.

Our case dragged out for ten years, and Chris and Mark, they were willing to sacrifice their time and their efforts to just really fight for my family. We want to to be outside, don't we?

I can see. And in the end we did change the law, and things were changed for anyone that will come after us.

And we were able to sue for pain and suffering and as a result, we are able to provide for our children for the rest of their lives.

It's one of the most satisfying experiences of my professional career.

I know I've often thought about how my last name is on that ruling, and I think theirs should be. Because they're the ones that did all the work, and they're the ones that had that burden, and they're the ones that fought so hard, and sacrificed so much.

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