Parents should not have to watch their children suffer an injury, especially not at birth. Unfortunately, due to the prevalence of medical errors, some infants do suffer injuries from negligence.
If this happened to you and your child in Michigan, you have recourse. A Grand Rapids birth injury lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can explain your options with a free consultation.
Compensation for Your Family’s Past, Present, and Future
Birth injuries can require special care that can cost more than other injuries. New parents like you are already overwhelmed with childcare expenses; you shouldn’t have to pay to fix a doctor’s mistake.
If healthcare staff were responsible for your child’s injury, any costs associated with it could qualify you for compensation. These costs could include:
- Emergency care
- Diagnostic testing
Long-Term Birth Injury Care and Recovery Is Compensable
Our birth injury attorneys don’t just focus on treatment in the present. We fight for damages to cover future injury-related losses. While some children fully recover from birth injuries, others do not, and costs can mount.
For instance, some birth injuries cause cerebral palsy (CP). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), caring for a child with CP costs 10 times more than for a child without CP. If your child was diagnosed with CP, we could seek damages to cover those expenses.
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment, like wheelchairs
- Alterations to your home and car to accommodate a disability
- Support staff and in-home help
- Daycare or stays at care facilities
Parents’ Losses Are Compensable
Birth injuries affect mothers too. Depending on the negligence that caused the injury, you may require additional medical care that would not have been necessary otherwise.
Additionally, both parents bear the burden of watching their child get hurt when medical staff could have prevented it. The insurance company or liable party should acknowledge the stress, trauma, and grief of the experience through compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Grand Rapids, call (800) 641-8998
A Damages Cap Could Affect Your Case
Michigan limits non-economic damages like pain and suffering for medical malpractice cases (M.C.L. Section 600.1483). The cap is based on the year the injury occurred. Our birth injury lawyers can determine what level of damages you could receive in your Grand Rapids case.
Birth injuries affect entire families. Therefore, our malpractice lawyers stand up for parents and children alike who have suffered the consequences of negligence.
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Ben Crump Law, PLLC Provides Representation for Even the Toughest Cases
Hiring our team means you gain more than just help filing a lawsuit. Your lawyer will delve into the details of your case and keep you updated on developments. We can help with:
- Getting medical treatment
- Talking to the other party
- Obtaining medical records
- Interviewing witnesses
- Investigating past negligence
- Identifying liable parties
- Negotiating settlements
- Preparing for trial
Our injury lawyers are willing to take your case to court if necessary to obtain what you deserve. We are proud to call ourselves personal injury lawyers for justice and stand up for you against negligent healthcare staff.
Our Firm Could Utilize Expert Testimony
Debating with experts can feel impossible, yet this is the challenge faced by victims of medical malpractice. Doctors often claim they provided adequate care and did not deviate from standard practice. Without knowing the nuances of the field, it can be hard to argue that you were the victim of negligence.
Fortunately, victims can use their own experts. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, our birth injury attorneys consult Grand Rapids doctors and specialists about your birth injury. Second opinions, analysis of events, and official testimony can validate your case.
Despite medical errors accounting for 10 percent of all U.S. deaths, medical malpractice is infamous for being a challenging practice area to pursue. Doctors use the specialization of their profession to conceal negligence. With the help of expert testimony, we work to bring that negligence to light.
We Always Keep You in Mind
While we are committed to pursuing negligent doctors, your representatives won’t forget our firm’s motivation: you. With that in mind, we offer:
- Free consultations
- 24/7 availability
- No fee if we don’t win
- Consistent case updates
- Help with everyday concerns
Accessibility, affordability, and friendliness are important to you, so they are important to us.
We Fight for Accountability for Several Types of Negligence
Many careless actions can cause birth injuries like CP, fractures, or nerve damage. Negligence in your case could have been due to:
- Late diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Medication dosage errors
- Mistakes in medical history
- Forceps or vacuum errors
- Other delivery errors
- Failure to sanitize instruments
- Failure to perform a C-section
- Failure to monitor mother or child
- Lack of testing
According to Stanford Children’s Health, some factors put a child more at risk for a birth injury, such as being over a certain weight, breech delivery, or prolonged labor. A doctor should, therefore, do the following:
- Monitor the child’s size
- Act based on the child’s position
- Intervene if labor is long and difficult
Failure to accomplish the following when necessary could be negligent. Your situation could be unique, or you may not be sure yet what caused your child’s injury. We can examine the evidence in your case and consult with other doctors to help identify the negligent action.
Other Parties Could Be Liable for Your Family’s Losses
Identifying all liable parties is also a key part of our investigation. More than one person could have played a role in the medical malpractice, including:
- Other staff
Ben Crump Law, PLLC has experience pursuing multiple liable parties in malpractice cases. We settled with a hospital for a seven-figure amount and won a jury verdict from negligent physicians for $1.48 million. This was just one of many positive case results we have obtained for clients.
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Support Starts Today with a Free Consultation with Our Birth Injury Team
The birth injury lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help hold negligent Grand Rapids physicians responsible for their actions. You have already watched your child suffer an injury and could have suffered trauma yourself in the process.