The aftermath of a birth injury means more than just medical bills. Your child’s entire life could be changed. Whatever they suffered, if a healthcare worker was responsible, the Columbia birth injury lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can fight for bill reimbursement, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our team can review your case today for free.
What Aspects of a Birth Injury Are Eligible for Compensation?
Injury cases based on medical negligence typically allow you to seek compensation for any costs related to the injury. That includes any stage of the injury: past, present, or future. You could receive awards for:
- Lost wages
X-rays, blood tests, and other diagnostic methods used to identify the injury can be covered. Any aspect of treatment and rehabilitation, including physical therapy and counseling, can also be included. Likewise, if your child will need a wheelchair or at-home care, you should not have to shoulder those expenses.
The amount you receive varies based on the type and severity of your child’s injury. For instance, cerebral palsy is estimated to cost nearly $1 million in medical expenses over the course of a lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By contrast, a temporary injury, while no less deserving of compensation, may garner a smaller award.
What About How You Were Personally Affected?
You and your child were deprived of peace of mind and quality of life. These intangible losses are covered by non-economic compensation like:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced earning ability
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of independence
While all medical costs and lost wages can be eligible for awards, non-economic awards are limited to a certain dollar amount in Maryland (Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-2A-09). Exactly what your case’s limit will be depends on when the injury happened or was discovered. Our team can navigate Maryland law to pursue the appropriate amount for your case.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Columbia, call (800) 641-8998
What Qualifies As Negligence in a Maryland Birth Injury Case?
Malpractice happens when a doctor fails to uphold the standard of care, which is also known as negligence. If you and the physician had a doctor/patient relationship and they did not provide you with adequate care, they can be held liable.
Negligence includes errors in:
Negligence includes mistakes made during a procedure, such as with forceps or vacuum extractions. Negligence can even be a failure to act at all. Some birth injuries result from delivery that takes too long or is especially arduous. A doctor that did not order a C-section or take action can be liable.
Likewise, not correctly identifying an illness or condition can be grounds for a case, including:
- Late diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
Whatever your child suffered, if you suspect a doctor or other staff member caused or contributed to it through action or inaction, we can investigate your case.
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What Role does a Birth Injury Lawyer Play in Your Malpractice Case?
Birth injury cases fall under medical malpractice law, and proving these cases depends on gathering expert medical testimony. The onus is on you as the plaintiff to provide evidence of a doctor or healthcare worker’s negligence.
Providing that evidence and utilizing expert knowledge are aspects of a case we handle for you, along with:
- Interviewing witnesses and staff
- Gathering medical records and test results
- Reconstructing the events that caused the injury
- Compiling photo and video evidence
- Explaining and filing legal paperwork
- Identifying all possible liable parties
- Talking to insurance adjusters, hospital representatives, and lawyers
- Determining your case’s value and reviewing settlement offers
Medical malpractice can be challenging to prove, especially because it is such a specialized area. However, we know how to help. Our birth injury attorneys will not hesitate to take on a negligent Columbia doctor.
Our Injury Lawyers Work Hard to Make Your Case Feel Smooth
We support families like yours by making the process of your case simpler, so you can focus on caring for your injured child. You suffered this setback through no fault of your own – so you shouldn’t have to do all the work to receive what you deserve.
Our role is to do anything that can help make the process of pursuing compensation easier, including:
- Free consultations
- No fee unless and until you receive payment
- 24/7 availability
- Willingness to tackle tough cases
- Regular updates on your case
We are committed to standing up for people who were mistreated or forgotten by the system. Negligent doctors, hospitals, and staff may downplay your case; after all, medical errors are unfortunately very common, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. However, we won’t let them undervalue or ignore your case.
What has Ben Crump Law, PLLC Done for Clients?
Attorney Ben Crump and his team were featured on notable television programs such as The Today Show, CBS News, CNN, and MSNBC. The reason? The verdicts and settlements our firm has gotten for clients.
We have a track record of multi-million-dollar case results for a variety of cases, including $1.475 million in a recent medical malpractice case. We pursued that case all the way to trial and will do so for you too, if necessary. In fact, we are recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocates and National Trial Lawyers.
Our firm brings the same compassion and energy to all our cases, both big and small — because, in reality, there are no small cases when an injured child is involved.
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There Is Limited Time to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit in Maryland
Keep in mind that there is a deadline to file a lawsuit in a birth injury case. Knowing when the injury occurred or was discovered can help us file a lawsuit on time.
For personal injury, you generally have five years from the date of the injury or three years from the date of discovery (Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109). We recommend getting started on your case as soon as you can for this reason.
Call 24/7 to Receive Help and Advice From Our Team Serving Columbia
If your child was injured by a doctor in Columbia, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today. Our birth injury lawyers can advise you of your rights, gather and preserve evidence, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call today for your free consultation: (800) 641-8998.