If negligent medical care during labor and delivery resulted in harm to your child, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help. Our Columbus birth injury lawyers can seek the financial compensation you need to care for your child, now and in the future.
You Should Not Have to Suffer Further Harm Due to Financial Stress
Birth injuries can result in physical and cognitive conditions that may require a lifetime of medical treatment and special services. Your child and your family have suffered enough.
You should not get saddled with medical bills or the additional stress of wondering how you will pay for interventions your child needs. Our attorneys can help you recover your birth injury-related losses, awards to help to assist with your child’s continued care, and more.
Economic Compensation for Birth Injuries
Economic compensation encompasses your past and future injury-related medical expenses, including:
- Medical equipment and devices
- Rehabilitation services
You may also seek costs associated with special education services or therapies your child may need to aid in their development.
You may need to make adjustments to your home to accommodate your child if their birth injury results in a physical disability or mobility issues. In that case, we can recover awards for home modifications, such as adding ramps or stairlifts.
It is possible that you couldn’t work due to caring for your child or an injury your spouse/partner suffered during childbirth. In that case, you could be entitled to recoup the wages you lost. Further, if you must reduce your workload or leave your job to meet your child’s needs, you may also be able to recover awards for lost earning capacity.
Non-Economic Losses That Can Stem From a Birth Injury
Non-economic awards provide compensation for physical pain, emotional stress, and mental anguish. These awards may apply to your child, your spouse/partner for injuries suffered during childbirth, and also to you and your family for the toll your child’s injury has on you as their parent and caregiver.
You and your family may receive non-economic awards for injury-related:
- Chronic pain
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Paralysis or loss of mobility
- Reduced cognitive functioning
- Loss of enjoyment of life
For both injury and wrongful death cases, Georgia limits the amount of non-economic damages you can recoup for injuries caused by medical malpractice. As such, O.C.G.A. § 51-13-1 affirms that you cannot receive awards exceeding $350,000.
When Birth Injuries Lead to Wrongful Death
If your child succumbed to their birth injuries, you can recover awards for their medical care and funeral service costs.
If the mother suffered a fatal injury during childbirth, you can seek these awards on her behalf, as well. You may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of her wages, benefits, services, counsel, advice, and companionship.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Columbus, call (800) 641-8998
We Will Help You Prove Medical Malpractice Caused Your Child’s Injuries
Our birth injury lawyers will help you prove your child’s birth injury resulted from medical malpractice. We will show that your healthcare provider’s lack of response or incorrect response to a childbirth complication led to your child’s injuries and subsequent losses.
Common Childbirth Problems and Injuries
Problems arising during labor and delivery can harm both the mother and the baby. When not properly identified and treated, these issues can lead to birth injuries and lasting harm. According to MedlinePlus, common complications that may arise during childbirth include:
- Perinatal asphyxia
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Preterm labor (prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy)
- Post-term pregnancy (pregnancy lasting more than 42 weeks)
- Slow dilation or lack of dilation
- Weak contractions
- Stalled or slow labor
- Breech or irregular fetal positioning
- Umbilical cord or placenta problems
Injuries that can result from these complications include, but are not limited to:
- Skull fractures or bleeding around the skull
- Bleeding in and around the brain
- Brachial plexus nerve injuries
- Facial nerve injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
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Our Birth Injury Lawyers in Columbus Are Ready to Fight for You
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has helped clients from Columbus and across the country seek justice. We believe everyone deserves a voice, and we will work to secure the awards you and your family need. We will start by seeking a medical malpractice insurance settlement.
- Build a case for provider negligence using evidence such as eyewitness statements, medical records, and expert opinions
- File your claims and submit all relevant documentation and paperwork
- Track and adhere to deadlines
- Keep in contact with insurance companies and other parties
- Represent your best interests throughout the negotiation process
- Evaluate your settlement offers and advise you on your options
If we cannot reach a satisfactory agreement with the insurance company, we can take your case to court. Under O.C.G.A. § 9-3-71, claimants typically have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years. The same timeline goes for those who want to bring a wrongful death action under O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
A Key Piece of Evidence We Need for Your Malpractice Case
O.C.G.A. § 9-11-9.1 requires that you file an “affidavit of expert” with your medical malpractice lawsuit. This document lays out your allegations against your health care provider.
It must also include a sworn opinion from a medical expert stating that your provider committed at least one act of medical negligence. Our attorneys can help you locate an expert and draft your affidavit.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Can Take Your Case at No Upfront Cost to You
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, is here to serve you, regardless of your economic status. We believe justice is for everyone, not only the wealthy. Therefore, we work on a contingency fee, which means our services don’t cost you a dime up front. Our payment comes out of your final award should we be able to achieve one for you.
Call our offices at (800) 641-8998 for a free consultation. A member of our team can tell you more about working with our birth injury attorneys serving Columbus. We can provide you with an evaluation of your case, answer your questions, and discuss your next steps.