The birth of your child should be the happiest day of your life. Unfortunately, one wrong decision by a medical professional may have made this experience incredibly traumatic.
If your child suffered injuries before, during, or shortly after birth, we want to help you seek justice. A Parkersburg birth injury attorney from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can hold that doctor accountable for their choice.
What Can Be Done to Pay for the Costs of a Birth Injury?
The cost of treating your child’s birth injury should be the responsibility of the person who caused it. That responsibility includes paying for:
- Diagnostic testing
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment
- Out-of-pocket costs
From X-rays to medical equipment, from initial treatment to lifelong costs, the person responsible can be held liable for whatever it takes to help your child reach their maximum medical improvement.
Experts Help Us Evaluate Your Case
Experts can be particularly important in medical malpractice cases. Pediatric care is a specialized field, so understanding what happened to your child and how their injuries will affect their life can require specialized knowledge. We consult experts to shed light on:
- Your baby’s prognosis
- Required care
- Long-term costs
- Loss of income
- Reduced earning ability
To pursue your case, we may talk to doctors, researchers, economists, and actuaries to grasp the full impact of your baby’s injury. For instance, an actuary can determine how much income your child may lose over time due to a permanent disability.
Experts can also highlight lifetime costs. A spinal cord injury, for example, is estimated to cost anywhere from $45,000 to $199,000 a year in healthcare and living expenses, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). The number depends on someone’s age when injured and what level of injury they suffered.
We work with specialists to identify these lifetime losses. Our birth injury lawyers work to sketch the big picture of what your child’s life will be like because of a Parkersburg doctor’s negligence.
We Listen to What You Suffered
You have been through a uniquely traumatizing experience. Additional damages can reflect that trauma, either by reimbursing specific bills or providing personalized treatment for psychological injuries to your family. That could include:
- Mental health support
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
Mayo Clinic highlights that adults with cerebral palsy (CP) may need treatment for mental health conditions like depression. Other injuries may have accompanying psychological burdens. As a parent, you may need extra support as well.
Personalized damages like pain and suffering can be provided for your family. No parent should have to see their child suffer, and no child should suffer injury immediately upon entering the world. This compensation can acknowledge that injustice.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Parkersburg, call 800-959-1444
How Can a Parkersburg Birth Injury Attorney Hold a Doctor Accountable?
Holding a healthcare worker accountable for their actions involves several steps. Throughout the process, we promise to:
- Listen to your story during your free consultation
- Investigate your case through interviews and evidence
- Talk to experts to get a second opinion
- Explain everything in easy-to-understand language
- Assist in filing paperwork for lawsuits and claims
- Keep you updated on the progress of your case
- Review settlement offers
- Not charge any fees until we win your case
- Stand up to lawyers, insurance adjusters, and hospital administrators
Our job is to make your case not feel like a job. Your focus should be solely on your baby’s welfare. Our focus is on finding ways to make your pursuit of compensation easier, from handling calls and emails to taking your case to court.
Steps Involved in a Birth Injury Case
We make sure you are briefed on every step involved in your case. Generally, the progression is:
- Meeting with you to discuss your case
- Obtaining medical records
- Evaluating your child’s injuries
- Consulting experts
- Identifying liable parties
- Filing a lawsuit
- Gathering more evidence
- Talking to witnesses
- Negotiating settlements
- Proceeding to trial
Not all cases follow this trajectory. In fact, some settle before a lawsuit needs to be filed or before we set foot in a courtroom. Because we tailor our approach to each client, everyone’s process is slightly different. We make sure the way we develop your case works for you and your situation.
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What Qualifies As a Birth Injury and Who Can Be Liable?
The term “birth injury” applies to a variety of injuries and illnesses resulting from negligence. Some are related to monitoring failures by staff, such as not checking on issues related to:
- Fetal heartbeat
- Gestational diabetes
- Distress before and/or during labor
Other forms of negligence are failures to act, including issues related to:
- Performing a C-section
- Using tools like forceps or vacuum extractors
- Delivering quickly due to fetal distress
- Prolonged or difficult labor
- Addressing complications
For example, a baby over 11 pounds should be delivered by a Cesarean section, according to Merck Manuals; if the mother has diabetes, infants over 10 pounds should be delivered by C-section. Failure to do so increases the risk of birth injuries. A doctor who doesn’t make changes to a birth plan to accommodate a baby’s large size, can be held liable for injuries.
Birth Injury Cases WWe Handle in Parkersburg
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, our infant medical malpractice lawyers handle any cases in which a medical provider’s negligence caused a baby harm. Common injuries and conditions include:
- Stillborn/wrongful death
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Brain bleeds
- Cerebral palsy
- Oxygen deprivation injuries
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Bacterial meningitis/GBS positive cases
- Meconium aspiration
- Erb’s palsy
- Fractured collarbones
- Shoulder dystocia
- Other injuries and illnesses
Parties that Can be Held Liable
Your child’s injury may have been due to poor choices by several people. When we investigate your case, we investigate whether any of the following played a role:
- Other staff
Depending on the scenario, we may pursue more than one party to help pay your child’s costs and losses. We explore all avenues for justice.
Get More Answers with a Free Case Review
If a Parkersburg doctor’s decision or indecision led to your child’s birth injury, our attorneys can work to right that wrong. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today to learn more with a free consultation: (800) 641-8998.