Birth injuries can inflict devastating consequences on a child’s life. In certain cases, the mother may also be injured. While some birth injuries are inevitable, others are preventable. They are caused by physicians, nurses, midwives, and other healthcare providers’ negligence and error in providing standard care.
If your child sustained a birth injury such as brachial palsy, facial paralysis, or fractures, consider consulting a Rockville birth injury attorney at Brown & Barron. We will help you file a birth injury claim against a negligent medical professional, so you can seek financial compensation to cover your child’s medical and rehabilitation expenses and other damages.
Our Rockville Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help You Seek Compensation for Your Losses
Birth injury due to medical malpractice is rare, but it happens. The different pregnancy and delivery stages are a vulnerable window of time for both a mother and her baby. Healthcare providers are obligated to deliver a high standard of care throughout pregnancy. Any complications must be addressed promptly.
If the baby, mother, or both sustain injuries before or during childbirth because of a mistake or carelessness of a medical provider, it can lead to complications that may follow the victims throughout their lives. If this has happened to you, we can help you seek financial compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial hardship the injury has brought upon your family.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover in a Birth Injury Case
Depending on the birth injury and the factors surrounding your case, some of the damages you may be able to obtain through a birth injury lawsuit include:
- Cost of past, current, and future birth injury-related medical expenses
- Loss of future earning capacity for your child
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Home modifications to accommodate your child’s disability
- Cost of special education if your child has developed a learning or cognitive disability from the birth injury
- Long-term childcare expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
Your Rockville birth injury attorney will evaluate your case and ensure your requested compensation represents all the damages you and your infant have suffered.
Get in touch with a birth injury lawyer serving Rockville, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
How a Birth Injury Attorney in Rockville Can Help You Seek Compensation
Dealing with insurance companies and medical professionals is no easy feat. Individuals and entities culpable for your child’s injuries may deny their mistakes, minimize their role in causing your infant harm, or try to blame you for the injuries.
At Brown & Barron, our birth injury lawyers and the rest of our legal team are dedicated to ensuring that birth injury victims and their families get a strong chance to win fair settlements and hold responsible medical professionals accountable for their mistakes.
Here are some ways we will help in your pursuit of compensation and justice:
We Will Investigate Your Birth Injury Case
Our team will analyze the events leading up to your infant’s injury to ascertain how it happened and who was responsible. We will obtain medical records and other documents, interview witnesses, and confer with experts to determine whether the medical professional in question provided an adequate standard of care.
We Will Determine Whose Negligence Harmed Your Baby
Sometimes, the at-fault party might be the physician, but in other cases, the liable person might be someone else, or multiple parties may be liable for the injury. Depending on how the injury occurred, some of the parties that may hold liability include:
- Attending physician
- Another medical staff member
- Pharmaceutical company
We Will Calculate Your Damages
Some damages are easier to calculate than others. We will use our experience with similar cases to accurately value your economic and non-economic damages. This way, you can rest assured knowing we are fighting for a fair compensation value through your claim.
We Will Work to Prove Negligence and Your Losses
Our team will work to obtain various pieces of evidence that demonstrate the four elements of negligence:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care during pregnancy, labor, or delivery
- The defendant breached the expected standard of care during pregnancy, labor, or delivery
- The mother and/or child suffered injuries because of the negligent action
- The mother and/or child suffered compensable damages because of the birth injury
We will do our best to support every claim with compelling evidence so you can get enough compensation to cover all your losses.
We Will Handle the Paperwork
Our team will draft and accurately fill out all the documents required for filing a claim. We will submit the paperwork within the relevant deadline, so you are never at risk of losing your right to compensation.
We Will Negotiate With the Insurance Company
Your Rockville birth injury attorney will fight against all the tactics insurance companies may use to minimize their responsibility and avoid paying you what they owe.
We Will File a Lawsuit If Necessary
If the liable party’s insurer does not agree to a fair settlement, we will advance with a lawsuit and represent your case in front of a judge and jury.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Your newborn can sustain injuries in several ways during birth or right after delivery. The areas of the infant most vulnerable to injuries are the head, neck, shoulders, and limbs.
Here are some of the most common types of injuries we have seen in newborns:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Brain damage
- Caput succedaneum
- Facial paralysis
- Fractured clavicle
- Perinatal asphyxia
If negligence caused your newborn’s birth injury, contact us to learn more about your right to seek compensation. We will help you fight for the financial resources to provide your baby with the necessary medical care.
Do Not Lose Your Right to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit
Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109 generally gives plaintiffs five years from the date of the injury or three years from the date when the injury is discovered–whichever is earlier–to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you lost your baby due to a birth injury, you must take legal action within three years of the death, per Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-904.
Since the victims in birth injury cases are often minors, the statute of limitations may be “tolled” (or postponed) until the child turns 21. Your lawyer can ensure you understand the specific deadline in your case.
If you suspect that your baby has suffered a birth injury from medical error or negligence, have a Rockville birth injury lawyer from our team review your case right away. We will initiate legal action as soon as possible, so the court does not dismiss your case due to the expiration of the deadline.
Schedule a Free Case Review at Our Birth Injury Law Firm
If your child is suffering the consequences of a birth injury resulting from a medical professional’s mistake during or after labor and delivery, consider initiating legal action against the liable party.
Brown & Barron is here to manage the entire litigation process. We will also explain your legal options, walk you through the claim filing process, and answer your questions.
If you are wondering what the value of your case is or if you even have legal grounds to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, speak with our team today. We will schedule a free case review so you can meet with a member of our team and start the claim filing process.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a birth injury lawyer serving Rockville.