No child should have to suffer an injury immediately upon entering the world during labor and delivery. Unfortunately, birth injuries are all too common and can be caused by doctor negligence. These kinds of injury cases fall under the category of medical malpractice law.
The Baltimore birth injury lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can fight back for your child and your family. If your child was injured temporarily or permanently, we can help pursue awards for their treatment and care.
Receive Help Paying for Birth Injury Recovery in Maryland
If a healthcare professional’s choices injured your child, you can receive compensation to cover any injury-related medical expenses – whatever is necessary to identify, treat, and recover from the problem. Eligible costs include:
- Emergency visits
- Diagnostic tests
- Medical equipment
- At-home care
- Home and car renovations
As a parent or guardian, you might have to take time off work to attend appointments or support your child. This can also be compensated through your case’s awards – after all, you wouldn’t have lost that income if it weren’t for the doctor’s negligence.
Recovering Ongoing and Long-Term Medical Care Costs
Some birth injuries require long-term or lifelong care. For instance, cerebral palsy or brain damage could mean your child requires walking assistance. That may also necessitate changes to your car and home to accommodate equipment. Awards can cover these costs.
Additionally, your child may need therapies to help treat or cope with their condition, which is also eligible for compensation. These therapies include:
- Speech and language
Some birth injuries cause additional disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 42 percent of children with cerebral palsy in 2010 also had epilepsy. These complications can add even more costs to your bills.
Complications, secondary issues, and other problems related to your child’s birth injury can be covered by your case’s awards as well. Our birth injury attorneys serving Baltimore can explain more.
Caps on Non-Economic Awards
While you could be eligible to receive reimbursement for medical expenses, Maryland does have a cap on non-economic awards like:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of independence
- Loss of enjoyment
Maryland’s cap is unique in that it is dictated by the year the injury occurred (Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-2A-09), as the cap is raised $15,000 each year.
Other aspects can impact the cap on your awards, including cases of wrongful death. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure this out on your own. Our birth injury lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can calculate the cap on your awards based on the date of the injury and help pursue that amount for you.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Baltimore, call (800) 641-8998
We don’t Shy Away From Challenging Birth Injury Cases in Baltimore
Birth injury cases can hinge on the nuances of the medical field. A doctor or other staff member may claim your child’s injury was not preventable or that they behaved like any other doctor. Disputing this can be challenging for those unfamiliar with technical jargon or that specific injury.
Cutting through those technicalities is part of what we do. We won’t allow negligent healthcare workers to hide behind terminology. Instead, we research your case by first gathering evidence to understand what happened, utilizing:
- Medical records
- Second opinions
- Photos and video
- A detailed timeline of your medical care
- Witness statements
- Expert testimony
The latter can help us identify if the doctor really did behave reasonably. The injury attorneys at Ben Crump Law, PLLC aren’t doctors, but we work closely with experts who can explain your child’s injury to you, to insurers, and to a jury, if necessary.
Most importantly, we remove the pressure on you to become an expert yourself in this area. Your only focus should be the health of your child. Our focus is preventing further damage to you from this injury, even in the toughest cases.
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What You Can Expect From Our Birth Injury Lawyers
If you’re looking for a birth injury lawyer, you’re may already be worried about money. To lighten your financial burden, we work on a contingency basis. This means you don’t pay any fees until we receive compensation for you. Learn more about the compensation we received for past clients by reviewing our case results.
If you still aren’t sure, we also offer free case reviews and are available 24/7. We are also recognized by Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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We Can Work for You If Your Child Suffered From These Birth Injuries
Any injury caused by a doctor’s negligence could be grounds for a birth injury case. Some common injuries include:
- Brachial palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brain injuries
- C-section errors
- Wrongful death
We have experience with many types of birth injury cases and may be able to help you with a malpractice case beyond those listed above.
Types of Negligence in a Malpractice Case
Integral to your case is demonstrating how the doctor deviated from an acceptable standard of care and caused injury. That negligence could take the form of:
- Failure to diagnose
- Late diagnosis
- Delivery errors
- Failure to perform a C-section
- Medication dosage errors
- Failure to take a family history
- Errors in monitoring the infant
- Failure to perform tests
For example, Stanford Medicine cites difficult or prolonged labor, breech delivery, and large babies as risks for birth injuries. A lack of oxygen during birth can also be dangerous and lead to birth injuries.
If a doctor failed to take appropriate action to help with a difficult labor, didn’t properly identify the baby’s position, or failed to order a C-section, they could be liable for any resulting injuries.
Even if the suspected negligence in your case is not listed, you may still qualify to seek awards. The bottom line is that you may have an injury case if a healthcare worker did not uphold their duty to provide adequate care while monitoring, delivering, or caring for an infant.
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There Is Limited Time to File a Lawsuit for a Birth Injury Case
Injury cases have a deadline on when you can file a lawsuit, which is also referred to as the statute of limitations. For birth injuries, it’s dated from either the date of the injury or the date the injury was discovered.
You generally have five years from when the injury occurred or three years from its discovery (Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109). Wrongful death cases typically have three years (Md. Code, Cts. & Jud Proc. § 3-904).
We can work to ensure that your case is on track to meet these important deadlines if you contact us in time.
Learn More Today with a Free Consultation About Your Baltimore Case
Ben Crump Law, PLLC takes on even the toughest malpractice cases. Our birth injury lawyers serve Baltimore families by offering free consultations, 24/7 availability, and no fee unless we win. Call our office today at (800) 641-8998 to learn more.
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