Birth injuries can impact your child’s physical health and the mental and emotional well-being of you and your family, and lead to financial strain. As a parent, you may find yourself wondering where to turn to for help.
A Delaware birth injury lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can assist you with seeking financial awards to pay for your child’s medical bills, education, and more.
Medical Error Can Cause Lasting Harm
Thousands of babies are born each year in Delaware, and many births occur without incident. However, complications can arise during labor and delivery that can lead to birth injuries. How your doctor or health care provider responds to these complications can make all the difference.
Without proper diagnosis and treatment, birth-related problems can result in conditions that may affect your child for a lifetime. According to Merck Manual, complications that may cause injury include:
- Abnormal fetal positioning, such as breech, face, or shoulder presentation
- Large birth weight
- Vacuum or forceps delivery
- Premature birth
- Perinatal asphyxia (decrease in blood flow or oxygen to the fetus)
- Umbilical cord obstructions
- Placental abruption
- Fetal infection
- Severe maternal illness
Birth Injury Symptoms
Labor and delivery complications can cause a range of birth injuries, including broken bones, spinal injuries, facial paralysis, bleeding in and around the brain, brachial plexus injuries, and conditions like cerebral palsy. These conditions may cause:
- Limited mobility or paralysis
- Speech problems
- Learning disabilities
- Difficulty breathing
- Developmental delays
- Hand, arm, and shoulder weakness
- Internal organ damage
- Hearing and vision problems
If your child suffers from an injury caused by a medical error, our Delaware attorneys can help you investigate how and why their injury occurred. If your doctor or provider failed to provide treatment according to the medical profession’s standard of care, we can help you make a case for medical malpractice.
You Deserve Compensation to Help With Your Child’s Medical Bills and Care Needs
You should not have to pay for medical treatment and other services your child needs if their injury is the result of medical malpractice. Our lawyers can help you seek awards for:
- Surgeries and medical procedures
- Physical and cognitive therapy
- Speech therapy
- Schooling and educational services
- Necessary home modifications (such as the inclusion of ramps or stairlifts)
- Long-term nursing care
- In-home health services
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity (if caring for your child prevents you from working)
- Compensation for maternal injuries (if applicable)
- Medical equipment and devices
- Wrongful death compensation (if applicable)
We can also help you pursue compensation for your pain and suffering. This could include awards for conditions like chronic pain, stress, depression, and loss of enjoyment of life that your child may experience because of their injury.
You may also seek these awards for the ways in which your child’s injury impacts you as their parent and caregiver. Unlike some states, Delaware does not place a damages cap on pain and suffering compensation.
Ben Crump Law, Pllc Will Fight for You
To secure the awards you need for your child and family, you will have to prove that your child’s injury is due to doctor or provider negligence. Our attorneys can obtain and review your medical records.
We will sift through information regarding prenatal care and testing, diagnostic testing, and labor and delivery notes. We can enlist the help of medical experts and collect eyewitness and expert statements.
We will build and present your case to your health care provider’s medical malpractice insurer. We will fight tirelessly for you throughout the negotiation process to achieve the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Throughout, we will be by your side advocating for you and giving you a voice.
We Have Recovered Millions for Clients
Our team is committed to helping people from all walks of life seek justice. We have won millions of dollars for clients with cases ranging from birth injuries and medical malpractice to high-profile civil rights violations.
If you suffered harm by another’s hand, we could help regardless of your current financial situation. We take cases on contingency, meaning we do not collect a fee unless we win money for you.
Our Lawyers Are Not Afraid to Take Your Case All the Way to Trial
We do not back down from tough cases. If your doctor’s insurance provider denies your claim or refuses to offer fair compensation, we can help you move forward with a civil lawsuit. If we must go to court to get results, your case is bound by Delaware’s medical malpractice statute of limitations.
According to Title 18 Delaware Code §6856, you have two years from the time a malpractice injury occurs or is discovered to file suit. When an injury involves a minor child under age 6, the statute extends the time limit to the child’s sixth birthday.
Along with your malpractice lawsuit, you must also file an affidavit of merit, according to Delaware Code Title 18 §6853. This is a document signed by a medical expert stating their belief that there are “reasonable grounds” for a medical negligence claim. Our lawyers can prepare this document and consult with an expert who can testify on your behalf.
Ben Crump Law, Pllc Is Here to Help You Seek Justice in Delaware
If negligence caused your child’s birth injury, you should not have to pay for necessary treatments and services alone. The doctor whose error caused your child harm should be financially responsible. We want to ensure you get the compensation your child and family require. We will not let health care providers and their lawyers and insurers push you around.
We will work tirelessly to make sure you get the awards you need to take care of your child now and in the future. We can also help you seek awards for birth injuries suffered by your spouse/partner. If you are ready to start pursuing justice and monetary awards, call our offices today. Our team can get you started with a free, no-obligation case evaluation.