A medical issue like hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy can cause serious health problems for an affected infant. Your doctor and care team are supposed to do everything within their power to prevent birth injuries and protect your child.
If you believe that their negligence caused your child’s harm, it may be time to talk to a Phoenix hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer. An attorney from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you pursue compensation and hold the negligent parties accountable. To learn more, call (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation with a member of our team.
When to Pursue Damages Against a Doctor or Hospital
We want to believe that doctors and medical professionals are always doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their patients. Unfortunately, sometimes their negligent behavior can result in injuries that could have been avoided, leading to lifelong medical problems.
If you believe that your care team was negligent, a Phoenix hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer can help you pursue damages that cover:
- Medical bills – Caring for a sick newborn is often expensive, even with health insurance. Your compensation can help you pay for higher-than-expected medical bills.
- Future medical care – Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy can easily cause future health issues for your child. These future expenses may also be considered when compensation is calculated.
- Pain and suffering – When a child suffers a birth injury, it can be a stressful situation for the entire family. Your compensation may take that pain and suffering into account.
- Wrongful death: If hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy caused the death of your child, you may be able to pursue wrongful death damages. The state of Arizona allows parents to pursue such compensation.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Build Your Case
Hiring a lawyer is not a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit, but a Phoenix hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer can greatly help with your case in many ways.
Promptly Filing Your Case
You do not have unlimited time to begin the legal process. Per AZ Rev Stat (ARS) §15-242, you generally have just two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, when the victim is a minor, ARS §12-502 extends the filing deadline to their 20th birthday.
A lawyer from our firm can help ensure that you do not miss your chance to pursue compensation.
Gathering Evidence and Making Your Case
Starting the legal process quickly can also make it easier to gather the evidence needed to support your case. Eyewitness memories can fade, medical records can get damaged or lost, and security footage can get deleted. Gathering the evidence that shows your side of the story as soon as possible is key.
Talking to Medical Experts
Your attorney can also speak to medical experts who can shed more light on the challenges your child may face due to the birth injury they suffered. This can help you make your case and show that the compensation you are asking for is fair.
Naming Liable Parties
A case like this one can have multiple liable parties. Whether the negligent party was the doctor, a hospital, or another member of your care team, your lawyer will work to hold them accountable.
Handling All Communications
You do not have to speak to any of the other involved parties. A lawyer can handle all communications for you and keep you updated on any news about your case, including settlement offers.
Call Today for Your Free Consultation
To learn more about how a Phoenix hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer can help you and your family, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. We can tell you more about your legal options, how you can pursue compensation, and, most of all, how we can try to make this right. There is no obligation, and you do not pay our firm unless you receive a settlement.