Birth injuries can set your child up for long-term disabilities and difficulties in their life. Sometimes, these injuries are caused by random chance and unavoidable complications – but in many cases, the injuries could have been avoided if your doctor provided more careful or skilled healthcare. Talk to an attorney to learn more about holding your doctor responsible for your child’s birth complications and serious birth injuries.
Rice, Murtha & Psoras ’s Maryland birth injury attorneys represent families of children who suffered avoidable birth injuries and help them hold their doctors and other negligent medical staff accountable for the injuries. For a free legal consultation on your case, contact our attorneys today and set up a free legal consultation to learn more about your potential claim. Call us today at (410) 694-7291.
Suing for Birth Injuries in Maryland
Maryland has some of the best hospitals in the world for neonatal care and emergency obstetric and pediatric care. However, that does not mean that each individual physician is always going to devote the proper attention and skill to your care and your baby’s care. In many cases of birth injuries, the injuries the child suffered could have been avoided if the doctor had worked harder to make appropriate decisions, and it is only because of their negligence that the child suffers injuries and disabilities.
If a doctor’s negligence contributed to the child’s injuries, you can sue the doctor for medical malpractice. If the other medical staff or hospital employees helped contribute to this harm, you may also be able to file your case against the hospital.
To prove your claim against the doctor or the hospital, you must typically use a medical expert to testify as to how exactly your doctor’s care fell below the standards. This medical expert will usually be another physician of similar training and experience who can testify as to what the proper techniques and decisions would have been in your case and show how the choices your doctor made were not up to the standards in the medical community.
In many cases, the doctor’s medical malpractice insurance company will handle their defense and work to shut down claims or pay low settlements. If their settlement offer is too low to pay for the damages you and your family incurred, then our attorneys can fight the case in court instead. Our lawyers will not back down from a case, and we can try your case in court in front of a jury if necessary, taking the case to a verdict to help get you fair compensation. Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without having a lawyer review the case and help you understand if that offer is appropriate.
Damages for Birth Injury Cases in Maryland
Many birth injuries can cause long-term injuries or permanent disabilities that will make it harder for your child to care for themselves or potentially make it hard for your child to work to support themselves in their adult life. Brain injuries during childbirth often lead to cerebral palsy and other disorders that may make it hard for your child to get around or care for themselves, leading to long-term and future expenses as well as the immediate costs of medical care and physical therapy. Many of these damages can be covered in a lawsuit, paying for the full range of costs your child’s injury will place on your family.
Medical expenses for birth injuries can be claimed to cover current costs as well as future projected costs. The immediate care needs your child faces could include additional hospitalization and therapy to try to reverse the effects of injuries. If these treatments cannot cure the disorder or injury, your child may need ongoing medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical devices, and occupational therapy throughout their life. These costs should all be claimed in a medical malpractice lawsuit for birth injuries.
If your child’s injuries involve severe permanent effects, your child may grow up to have trouble working to support themselves. The value of lost wages and lost earning capacity can also be claimed now even though your child is only an infant. Our attorneys can help project these costs and hire financial experts to testify as to how much these damages should be.
Lastly, you can claim damages for your child’s pain and suffering. Many injuries cause physical pain as well as mental and emotional distress. Injuries that have very physical effects or lead to disabilities that make it hard to perform day-to-day activities are often considered to have higher pain and suffering, and they are typically worth higher damages.
Our attorney can work with you to help gather information on the full cost of the damages you face and the future projected damages your child will face because of their birth injuries. These damages can all be claimed at their full value so long as they stem from the doctor’s negligent care. Call our law offices to discuss your case and go over the damages you may be able to claim.
Call Our Maryland Birth Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If your child suffered questionable symptoms or effects after being born, there is a chance that they could have suffered from a birth injury. Even if your doctor tells you that the symptoms will go away or that they are normal, there is a chance that your doctor may have actually committed medical malpractice. Consider getting a second opinion from another doctor and talking to an attorney today to see if you might have a birth injury case on your hands. Rice, Murtha & Psoras ’s Maryland birth injury attorneys offer free legal consultations to help you understand your potential case and what your claim might be worth. To schedule your free consultation, call our attorneys today at (410) 694-7291.