Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is a potentially fatal birth injury caused by a lack of blood and oxygen flow to your child’s brain. If your child suffered such a debilitating birth injury, a Scottsdale hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer can help. For a free case review, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 today.
Fighting for the Damages You Deserve
As stated in Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) §12-542, you have the right to seek compensation in the two years following the malpractice. After that time, you are no longer allowed to begin a lawsuit.
If you decide to sue, you may qualify for two types of damages. The first is non-economic damages. These reflect your physical and mental injuries and may include:
- Physical disability: Did the HIE cause muscle weakness, organ damage, or any other condition that affects your child’s motor skills?
- Intellectual disability: Did the HIE affect your child’s ability to learn, express or control emotion, and so on?
- Reduced quality of life: Does the birth injury make it difficult or impossible for your child to ever take care of themselves?
- Loss of consortium: Did your child die due to the birth injury, thus robbing you of the chance to raise them?
The second type of damages is economic damages. These reflect your financial losses and may include:
- Educational expenses: Will your child need additional tutoring or therapy throughout their academic career?
- Lost wages: Have you or your partner missed work because you were busy tending to your child’s needs?
- Lost earning capacity: Will you or your partner miss work in the future to make sure your child gets the care and attention they need?
- Funeral expenses: Did you have to bury or cremate your child after they died from their birth injury?
Once you answer these questions and put together a list of damages, you must assign a dollar value to each one. This can be tricky, especially with non-economic damages. Consult a lawyer at our firm if you have any doubts or questions as they can help you calculate these damages accurately.
Get Help from a Scottsdale Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyer
At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we help families pursue justice after preventable birth injuries. Get in touch with us by calling (800) 222-9529. We can take your call at any time, and a member of our team will evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.
If you have a viable case, and if you decide to hire a lawyer from our firm, we will do everything possible to get a fair settlement for you. This may include:
- Explaining your options: We will answer your questions and make sure you have all the information you need to make legal decisions.
- Investigating the malpractice: We know just where to look for corroborating evidence to strengthen your malpractice case.
- Communicating with the liable party: If you do not want to speak with the liable party, you do not have to. Your lawyer can serve as a go-between.
- Negotiating with the insurance company: We always strive to get our clients a fair pretrial settlement. If this is not possible, we will go to court instead.
- Updating you regularly: We are proactive about calling you whenever something noteworthy happens with your case.
- Working for a contingency fee: We take our fee from the compensation you receive rather than charging you upfront. If you do not recover any compensation, you owe us nothing.
Your Doctor’s Responsibility to You and Your Child
There are some commonalities that run through most, if not all, birth injury cases. For example, your healthcare providers are always responsible for:
- Communicating with your other healthcare providers as necessary
- Monitoring your child’s health before, during, and after birth
- Informing you of all possible treatments and their pros and cons
- Reacting to potential problems quickly and professionally
A failure in one or more of these areas could result in malpractice that, in turn, harms you or your child.
There are numerous reasons why your healthcare providers may fail to treat you properly. In some cases, a doctor, a midwife, or another individual makes a careless or reckless decision that endangers your child’s life. In others, individual providers are hampered by bad policies that the healthcare facility has put into place. In either case, you can sue for medical malpractice.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group Is Ready to Help You
If you live in Scottsdale, Arizona and are looking for a birth injury lawyer, we want to help. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529. A Scottsdale hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer can handle your case, giving you the time and peace of mind to stay home and care for your newborn’s needs.