If medical malpractice resulted in your child’s birth injury or harm to your spouse or partner, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you fight for justice.
Our Washington, DC birth injury lawyers can help you seek awards for medical bills, your child’s future care needs, and more.
You and Your Child Deserve Financial Resources to Help with Their Care
If your child suffered a birth injury, they may require a lifetime of medical treatment and special services. Their injury is not your fault, and you should not have to shoulder these expenses or struggle to pay for care and interventions your child needs. Our attorneys can help you seek financial compensation for:
- Medical bills – We can help you secure awards for your child’s past and future care needs. This includes emergency services received at birth, medical procedures, medications, physical and cognitive therapy, medical devices and mobility aids, and long-term nursing care.
- Educational services – We can seek funding to help you pay for special schooling, speech therapy, and other services your child may require to help with their learning and development.
- Pain and suffering – These awards compensate you for the physical, mental, and emotional impact of your child’s injury on you, your child, and your family. They may include compensation for depression, stress, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish.
- Home modifications – You may need to make changes to your home to accommodate your child, such as including ramps or chair lifts, widening doorways, and lowering countertops. We can help you secure awards to pay for these renovations.
- Lost wages – You or your partner may have to quit work or reduce your hours to care for your child. We can help you pursue the value of your lost wages and benefits and loss of future earning capacity, if applicable.
- Childbirth injuries suffered by the mother – If your spouse or domestic partner suffered injuries during childbirth, you can seek compensation for their medical treatment, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death – If your child, spouse, or partner died from a birth injury or during childbirth, you may have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills and funeral and burial expenses. In the case of a deceased spouse, you can pursue awards for the loss of their income, benefits, care, education, training, and services.
For a free legal consultation with a birth injury lawyer serving Washington DC, call (800) 641-8998
What Is a Birth Injury and How Are They Caused?
Birth injuries occur during labor and delivery. According to MedlinePlus, problems that could lead to birth injuries include:
- Premature labor
- Labor that is not progressing
- Placenta problems
- Umbilical cord problems
- Lack of oxygen to the mother and/or fetus
- Abnormal fetal heart rate
- Pregnancy lasting more than 42 weeks
- Breech birth
While these complications can occur naturally, the way your doctor and other care providers react to them can make a significant difference. Medical mistakes or a failure to identify and properly treat problems can lead to injuries, including facial fractures, brachial plexus injuries, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, and cephalohematoma.
Some of these conditions can affect your child’s cognitive and physical abilities for the rest of their lives.
We Can Help You Prove Your Child’s Birth Injury Resulted From Negligence
Proving medical malpractice can be complex. You must show that your doctor failed to act according to standards deemed acceptable by reasonable medical professionals.
You must then prove that this breach of their professional duty led to your child or partner’s injuries and resulting losses. We can help you do this. We will:
- Obtain your medical records
- Consult medical experts
- Interview eyewitnesses who can testify about your child or partner’s care
- Calculate your out-of-pocket expenses
- Estimate your pain and suffering damages
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We Will Assist You Throughout the Insurance Claims Process
Taking on a doctor or healthcare institution may seem daunting, but our birth injury lawyers can represent you throughout the process. We will handle your paperwork and deadlines and build and submit a case proving provider negligence. We will work hard during negotiations to secure every dollar available to you and your family.
We can handle phone calls, emails, and other communications with your insurer so that you can focus on your child. This also provides you with protection. Insurance companies exist to make a profit, and they will try to offer you as little payment as possible.
Working with our attorneys lets them know you mean business, and referring contact through us safeguards you against saying something your insurer could use to reduce your settlement.
Is There a Time Limit for Taking Action?
There is no time limit for resolving a claim through insurance, but it is a good idea to file your claim as soon as possible. You want to make sure you leave time for taking legal action if insurance does not offer you an adequate settlement or denies your claim. If necessary, our team can help you prepare a case for trial.
If you must pursue a civil lawsuit, you have three years to file a medical malpractice case, according to the Code of the District of Columbia § 12-301. However, for cases involving injury to a minor, the court may toll the statute of limitations until the child turns 18.
Washington, DC also has a discovery rule. According to D.C. Code § 16–2802, you must notify your healthcare provider of your intention to sue 90 days before you file your case. This notification must include information about your injuries and the legal basis for your case. Our team can help you prepare this document.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, for Help with Your Washington, DC Birth Injury Case
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has helped clients recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including more than $30 million for personal injury victims. We can help you get the money you need at no upfront cost.
We do not collect a fee until we win awards for you and your family. To learn more about working with our birth injury lawyers serving Washington, DC, call us at (800) 641-8998, and get a free consultation.